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Gender and Access to Justice and Uganda's Criminal Justice System

Gender and Access to Justice and Uganda's Criminal Justice System
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Author(s): Winfred Kyobiika Naigaga (Courts of Judicature, Uganda)
Copyright: 2022
Pages: 26
Source title: Comparative Criminology Across Western and African Perspectives
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Simeon P. Sungi (United States International University-Africa, Kenya) and Nabil Ouassini (Prairie View A&M University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-2856-3.ch013

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Abstract

Using Uganda as a case study, this chapter discusses culture and its contribution to poverty, illiteracy, restricted movement, silence syndrome, and gender biases and stereotypes in the legal and institutional framework as barriers and obstacles to access to justice. The chapter also discusses significant strides in legislation and judicial activism on topics such as specialized courts, domestic violence, community service, marital rape, and the battered woman syndrome among others in a bid to foster access to justice. However, a glaring need to repeal gender-biased laws and carry out continued education and sensitization to raise awareness against gender discrimination is also noted. The chapter seeks to raise awareness of the obstacles and barriers that women and men face along gender lines while navigating the criminal justice system.

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