The survey had a total sample of 2,080 women. It sought to contribute to a better understanding of conflict sensitive responses among women to land and natural resources problems particularly whether their responses were driven by the desire to avoid the occurrence of conflict or the escalation of ongoing conflict, in particular whether conflict aversion and mitigation was a key characteristic of justice seeking behavior. The study demonstrated that women in Uganda adopted both collective and individual strategies to assert their claims to land, ranging from participation in the struggles around the Land Act amendments to taking their claims to court and purchasing land of their own. At the same time, women’s property rights were affected both by property rights law and by family law. The presence of ‘legal pluralism’ in Uganda and many other countries complicated legal rights, especially for women. Uganda being generally a patriarchal society, the status of women was was found to be low with regard to property ownership, social positioning, having a voice and being heard. In desperation, the quest for better rights to land and natural resources degenerated into a ‘resistance’- manifest through acts regarded as unconventional to commonly acceptable behaviors of women.
Location within country:
Gulu, Adjumani, Kasese, Arua, Amuru, Amuria, Soroti, Yumbe, Mbararal, Zombo