Makerere University School of Women and Gender Studies (SWGS) is set to launch a book titled ‘Gender and Socio-Economic Change’ with a focus on the everyday lives of women and men in Uganda.
The 357- page book covers how socio-economic changes interact with gender relations, roles, and responsibilities of women and men in Uganda.
According to Associate Professor Consolata Kabonesa, who is also the Principal Investigator of the Sida Makerere Bilateral project on gender mainstreaming, the book is made up of researches conducted by the post-doctoral fellows funded under the Sida project and members of staff from SWGS.
“We thank the embassy and the people of Sweden for the grant, without funding, the book would not have materialized,” she said.
The authors of the book include Professor Consolata Kabonesa, Dr.David Mpiima, Dr. Fredrick Immanuel Kindi, Dr. Victoria Namuggala, Dr. Henry Manyire, Dr. Evelyn Lutwama Rukundo, Dr. May Sengendo, Dr. Florence Ebila, Associate Professor Elizabeth Kaase Bwanga, Dr Ronald Sebba Kalyango, Dr Resty Naiga, Dr. Euzobia Mugisha Baine, Dr. Ruth Nsibirano, late Dr .Catherine Pauline Anen and Lydia Namukwaya.
Addressing journalists during the delivery of the book, Kabonesa said that the publication of the book seeks to inform Ugandans a deeper understanding of inter-relationships between gender dimensions, culture, social-economic, and political aspects and how they impact the lives of women and men.
“The book is very crucial for policymakers, development partners, development experts, gender activists, students of gender, and academia.”
According to Dr.Mpiima, another author of the book, during their writing, they tried to look into ways intimate partner violence is caused and aimed at challenging masculinity which has been around for many years.
“Men can be contributors to gender-based violence but they can also be survivors of the same unfortunately already the body of knowledge we have, points out that men are always aggressors,” Dr. Mpiima said.
Associate Prof Kabonesa added, “The government of Uganda has been emphasizing gender budgeting as a way of empowering women but in actual sense, the money is not there, and research has shown that in most districts, gender budgeting is not always considered.”