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Title:Preparing the Grounds for a New Local Politics: The Case of Women in Two African Municipalities
Author:Dauda, Carol L.
Year:2001
Periodical:Canadian Journal of African Studies
Volume:35
Issue:2
Pages:246-281
Language:English
Geographic terms:Uganda
Zimbabwe
Subjects:local government
women
politics
Women's Issues
Politics and Government
organizations
urbanization
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/486114
Abstract:The opportunity to break the historic pattern of despotic local government in Uganda and Zimbabwe has only occurred recently. Both countries experienced periods of violent conflict and considerable societal breakdown in the 1970s and 1980s. After the resolution of violent conflict, both countries embarked on extensive decentralization programmes emphasizing local government. This article compares women's political participation at the local level in Jinja (Uganda) and Mutare (Zimbabwe). It examines the extent of women's participation in formal institutions and analyses the changing grounds upon which women act in their civil associations. The comparison between the two municipalities focuses on two questions: Are women expanding their local political space, both in formal institutions and in local civil society? Given this political space, are women instrumental in forging new local politics both through their participation in formal institutions and in local civil society? Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in French.
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