Challenges and Opportunities for Women’s Land Rights in Post-Conflict Northern Uganda

MICROCON Research Working Paper 26, 2010

35 Pages Posted: 30 Jul 2010

Date Written: June 28, 2010

Abstract

Since the late 1980s to 2006, the northern region of Uganda underwent an armed conflict between the government of Uganda and the rebel group led by Joseph Kony. The conflict displaced virtually the entire population in the region, and by 1990 people were living in Internally Displaced peoples’ camps. As the war winds up, many people have left the camps returning to their former villages. The journey back home has not been easy, however. For women in particular, many are facing a lot of challenges especially related to access, ownership and use of land. Using data that was qualitatively gathered in two IDP camps in Gulu district, northern Uganda, the paper examines these challenges. It argues however that despite the challenges, opportunities do exist that can be exploited, if there is commitment by various stakeholders, to ensure that women access, own and use land in the return process.

Keywords: armed conflict, women, land rights, IDPs, reconstruction

Suggested Citation

Immanuel, Kindi Fredrick, Challenges and Opportunities for Women’s Land Rights in Post-Conflict Northern Uganda (June 28, 2010). MICROCON Research Working Paper 26, 2010, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1650248 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1650248

Kindi Fredrick Immanuel (Contact Author)

Makerere University ( email )

P.O.Box 7062
Kampala
Uganda

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