Society may be appalled to learn that a significant proportion of women in prison are for violent crimes they perpetrated against those that they are supposed to love-family members. But mere outrage is not the solution; society must do more; it must alter the socio-economic, cultural and legal arrangements that deprive women of more humane ways of conflict-resolution…(from the conclusion: ‘where do we go from here?’
I this book, the author presents the results of her research in to the case histories of women who have committed violent crimes in Uganda. This study examines the relationship between society, the law and the violent criminal behavior of these women. In demonstrating the precipitating factors leading up to their actions, the author argues that in Ugandan society women are often left with few real choices for recourse to justice.
LilianTibatemwa-Ekirikubinza is senior lecturer and associate dean at the school of law, Makerere University. She earned an LLM from the University of Bristol (UK) and a PhD in law from the University of Copenhagen (Denmark). The author lives with her husband and their three children in Kampala, where she is also active in the Uganda chapters of the Association of Women Lawyers (FIDA) and Women and the Law in East Africa (WLEA).
Content:Introduction: Why a book about Women’s Crime in Uganda? Women’s Violence: A general profile. Husband as Victim.Marriage.Divorce and separation.Polygamy and women’s violence, Reaction to victim Precipitation.Consequences of imprisonment. Conclusion: Where do we go from Here?