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Does Uganda sufficiently address gender inequalities in climate policies?

Does Uganda sufficiently address gender inequalities in climate policies?

New Info Note analyses Uganda's climate and development policies from a gender perspective.

The community development office in Nwoya district Uganda gets really busy around December. This is when the main harvest season kicks off and dozens of upset couples flood the office seeking fair solutions to their yeild conflicts.

As heads of the households and official owners of the land, the men think that any profit made from produced crops and vegetables on their property is rightfully theirs. On the other hand, frustrated women feel that since they’ve done the majority of work their husbands have no right to solely decide on how to allocate revenues, at least not without their input and say.

However, sometimes these disputes come at a cost. Women’s fight for equal rights and revenues can lead to domestic abuse cases. In fact, group discussions with farmers in Nwoya indicate an increase in gender-based violence that spikes during the main harvest season. To add to the mix, farmers feel these conflicts will most likely increase as the number of extreme climate events rise, leaving fewer resources and reduced harvests in their footsteps.

Even if the Ugandan Land Policy from 2013 grants women and men equal rights to own and co-own land, the reality is much different. In Nwoya much of the land is effectively held under customary arrangements which prevent most Acholi women to own land.

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