The main aim of this publication is to contribute to the eradication of gender based violence in Uganda. As reviews of exisiting knowledge in each chapter show, gender based violence is a widespread vice, with strong and multi-directional linkages to poverty and gender inequality. Although not exclusively targeted at women and girls, gender based violence affects these two categories disproportionately, reinforcing existing gender hierarchies, and perpetuating gender inequalities in different contexts. In specific context, such as war situations, household and community gander relations, gender based violence has become a tool for social control, mainly through controlling the sexuality of women and girls and sanctioning women and children to adhere to ascribed social gendered division of roles, as well as upholding the privilege of men as key decision makers.
Existing information, especially from victims and survivors of gender based violence, should be used further to generate more community based interventions. There is evidence that civil society organisation that have used participantory approaches, involving both women and men in communities, have developed effective interventions, although these interventions are not widely covered and therefore, not well known.
Deborah Kasente (PhD) is an Associate Professor at Makerere university in the Department of women and Gender Studies. She has been engaged in research and research leadership for up-coming researchers at Makerere for over ten years and has innovated and managed training programs for gender short courses and research methods. Apart from researching and publishing widely on education at different levels, she has also published peer-reviewed articles on gender and agrarian change, gender, poverty and employment, gender and social development, decent work, gendered efforts of microfinance and gender and social security. She is an experienced gender trainer at international and national levels and a member of the editorial Advisory group for gender and development by Oxfam GB and feminist review by Palgrave Macmillan. Her other publications are: Growing Up by Accident: Challenges in Handling Adolescents in Ugandan schools by fountain publishers and illuminating students ‘voices in higher education by earnest publishers.