Digging Deep: The Impact of Uganda’s Land Rush on Women’s Rights


Capraro, Chiara, and Jessica Woodroffe. 2018. “Digging Deep: The Impact of Uganda’s Land Rush on Women’s Rights.” London: Womankind Worldwide.

Authors: Chiara Capraro, Jessica Woodroffe


“In this report, we aim to demonstrate the impact of land acquisition on women’s rights, as well as explore how the deeply entrenched unequal gender relations and discriminatory social norms – present in Uganda as in every other country in the world – result in significant gaps in Ugandan land laws (see Section 3 for a discussion on land and law).
“In Section 2 we share the feminist participatory action research (FPAR) methodology used in this project. Section 3 considers Uganda’s complex land laws, and the way in which discriminatory norms prevent women from obtaining justice. Section 4 highlights the impact of the land rush on women in five districts of Uganda, urging us to learn from the testimonies of the rural women most affected. To protect these women’s identities, we have used pseudonyms in lieu of their real names.
“In Section 5, we demonstrate how economic strategies around investment and the commodification of natural resources interact with discriminatory norms to further disadvantage women. Section 6 shows the collective resistance of women’s movements to abuses of land rights. Finally Section 7 draws conclusions, and Section 8 offers recommendations to governments, the international community and corporate actors working in Uganda” (Capraro and Woodroffe 2018, 4).

Topics: Feminisms, Gender, Women, Governance, Justice, Land Grabbing, Rights, Land Rights, Women's Rights Regions: Africa, East Africa Countries: Uganda

Year: 2018

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