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Title:Augmenting the Struggle for Gender Equality in Uganda: A Case for the Domestication of International Human Rights Standards
Author:Mugwanya, G.W.ISNI
Periodical:African Journal of International and Comparative Law
Geographic term:Uganda
Subjects:gender relations
international agreements
human rights
Women's Issues
Law, Human Rights and Violence
Law, Legal Issues, and Human Rights
Equality and Liberation
External link:http://www.heinonline.org/HOL/Page?handle=hein.journals/afjincol12&id=772&collection=journals&index=journals/afjincol
Abstract:This case study of gender equality in Uganda examines the extent to which Uganda has respected the right to gender equality and the extent to which it has given effect to international human rights standards both in theory and practice. After defining the substance of equality, the author analyses the international human rights norms on gender equality and in particular the Convention on the Elimination of All Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), against which he tests Uganda's gender equality jurisprudence and practice. He evaluates the validity of the novelty of the 1995 Constitution with respect to its human rights provisions and gender equality in particular. He notes the absence of specific legislation intended to give effect to the equality provisions of the constitution specifically addressing the status of women in Uganda, and the continued existence of draconian legislation and religious and customary laws and practices oppressive to women (in respect of marriage, divorce, property and inheritance, custody, education, employment, health, penal law). He analyses the implications of CEDAW for Uganda's legal system and concludes that Uganda urgently needs to reform its legal system, and those practices and customs both in the public and private spheres that are antithetical to the rights and dignity of women. He argues that Uganda must domesticate international human rights standards to assure freedom from discrimination. Notes, ref.