Sexual Pacification in Politics in Uganda

When women persist in participating in politics, they are asked - “what kind of a woman are you? You are big-headed”.

It is shocking the negative public reaction that the Kabarole Woman Member of Parliament Ms. Sylvia Rwabogo is getting because she successfully sought justice against a 25 year old man who harassed her for eight months.
Only a few agree with the Daily Monitor editorial that MP Rwabwogo was right to take that criminal to court.
How is it that the majority of the Ugandan public, including the so-called elites – women and men – seemingly condone the criminal’s actions – calling the MP at 3:00 a.m. in the morning, sending her lewd messages and graphic videos?
For those baffled and befuddled by it all and wanting understand sexism in Uganda, an Isis-WICCE research report is a must read:
“Making a Difference Beyond Numbers: Towards Women’s Substantive Engagement in Political Leadership in Uganda.” 

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