Women, work & domestic virtue in Uganda, 1900-2003
James Currey, 2006 - Literary Collections - 308 pages
This book offers a complete historical picture of women's work in Uganda, tracing its development from pre-colonial times to the present and future. Setting these economic activities into a broader political, social and cultural context, it provides the first general account of women's experiences amidst the changes that shaped the country. Before the 1970s relatively few Ugandan women brought in their own income, despite producing most of the food and craftwork that was taken to local markets. The 1950s and 1960s, thanks to educational expansion, were years of gradual evolution for women and their work, with many employed as lower level teachers or nurses. Since the 1970s there have been a number of dramatic changes which have led to many more women earning their own income: high mortality of men from conflict and HIV/AIDS, increased migration of women into urban areas, the collapse of the state-controlled economy and the emergence of a magendo economy, the development of a free market economy within a system of global capitalism, deepening poverty through Structural Adjustment Programmes, and the expansion of women's roles in many areas. This study traces the origins of the current situation, highlighting the challenges working women now face, and recommending strategies that will improve their circumstances for the future. Book jacket.
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