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Despite historic legacies of political upheavals and violent conflicts, Uganda has enjoyed relative peace and stability since 2006, with the reinstatement of multi-party democracy, a strong constitution that protects women’s human rights, and an end to conflict in Northern Uganda.

While Uganda has experiences sustained economic growth of 7% per annum and poverty had reduced significantly over the last twenty years, this growth has not been inclusive as Uganda still faces gender inequalities and regional disparities and marginalization.

The Government of Uganda has made significant progress in developing legal frameworks, policies and programmes to protect women’s human rights and advance gender equality. For instance, the Uganda Constitution prohibits laws, customs or traditions that are against the dignity, welfare and interest of women. The Constitution protects an affirmative action policy that has enabled major progress in women’s representation in government, with women holding over a third of senior ministerial positions.

Despite these commendable efforts, women in Uganda still face discrimination and marginalization due to slow change in attitudes about women in Ugandan society and the culture and practices of public institutions. Also, several key legal reform efforts have been pending for decades in relation to family laws and those relating to sexual offences against women and children. There are deep-rooted cultural and traditional practices that discriminate against women and girls and customary practices in many parts of Uganda that discriminate in cases of succession and inheritance that limit women’s access to land, finances and property.

Violence against women remains a major obstacle to the empowerment of women, with a 2011 survey reporting 56% of women aged 15 to 49 had experience physical violence at least once since age 15.

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Women lead and participate in decision making at all levels 

Women, especially the poorest and most excluded, are economically empowered and benefit from development 

Women and girls lead a life free from violence

Peace, security and humanitarian action are shaped by women’s leadership and participation

Governance and national planning fully reflect accountability for gender equality commitments and priorities 

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