Gender Issues in Uganda: An Analysis of Gender-Based Violence, Asset Ownership and Employment

Gender inequalities limit the ability of women and girls to fully participate in, and benefit from development programmes in Uganda. Formal and informal institutions, such as patriarchy, religion, family, marriage as well as social and cultural practices play a major role in perpetuating gender inequalities in Uganda. Prominent in perpetuating these inequalities are the glaring differences in asset ownership and employment opportunities for women and men, and the ingrained Gender - Based Violence (GBV) – higher among women. These issues are central to this report. It is against this background that this report provides friendly facts on sex disaggregated information on prominent gender issues on GBV specifically physical and sexual, asset ownership and employment in Uganda. In addition, there are clear interlinkages between GBV, asset ownership and unemployment that drive the gender biases. The subsequent sections discuss the three gender issues of concern covering the status in terms of age, area of residence, education, among others disaggregated by sex over the years. Data in the report was sourced from the Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) which is the national statistical body. Specifically, from the Uganda National Household Survey (UNHS), 2012/13 and 2016/17 and the Uganda Demographic Household Survey (UDHS), 2011 and 2016. UBOS and its partners also register appreciation to Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA), in cooperation with Statistics Sweden that offered training to our staff who later produced this report.