The Political Economy of Violence against Women during Armed Conflict in Uganda


Turshen, Meredeth. 2000. “The Political Economy of Violence against Women during Armed Conflict in Uganda.” Social Research 67 (3): 803–24.

Author: Meredeth Turshen


The article focuses on the economic and political violence against women during civil war in Uganda. Testimonies of women who were raped and tortured by soldiers during war in Uganda is given in the article. Rape is known to be the most common act of violence against women during wartime, and it is also an act of political violence as women who are raped are abolished from their communities. The diseased women lose their eligibility to get married and lose their access to agricultural livelihood. According to a report presented in the article women are considered as property by the Ugandan soldiers. The author says that these gender disputes can be avoided by providing free education and adult literacy classes that would help to rehabilitate women. (EBSCO)

Topics: Armed Conflict, Gender, Women, Political Economies, Sexual Violence, Rape, SV against Women, Violence Regions: Africa, East Africa Countries: Uganda

Year: 2000

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