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Title:No Shortcuts to Power: Constraints on Women's Political Effectiveness in Uganda
Author:Goetz, Anne M.
Periodical:Journal of Modern African Studies
Geographic term:Uganda
Women's Issues
Politics and Government
Equality and Liberation
Law, Legal Issues, and Human Rights
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/3876025
Abstract:Numbers of women in public representative office have increased dramatically in Uganda since the introduction of the National Resistance Movement's 'no party' system, because affirmative action measures have been taken to reserve seats for them in Parliament and local government. This article offers an assessment of the impact of these measures on women's political effectiveness, examining how far women in Parliament have been able to advance gender equity concerns in key new legislation. The article suggests that the political value of specially created new seats has been eroded by their exploitation as currency for the NRM's patronage system, undermining women's effectiveness as representatives of women's interests once in office. This is because the gatekeepers of access to reserved political space are not the women's movement, or even women voters, but NRM elites. The women's movement in Uganda, though a beneficiary of the NRM's patronage, has become increasingly critical of the deepening authoritarianism of the NRM, pointing out that the lack of internal democracy in the Movement accounts for its failure to follow constitutional commitments to gender equity through to changes in key new pieces of legislation affecting women's rights. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]