This book examines the politics of inclusion of women in Uganda’s local government. The notion of local democracy in here is explored, not as an event or a product, but rather as a process within which gender power relations are a constitutive rather than a contingent ingredient. In terms of gender and as in other social inequalities, the local is neither essentialised nor romanticised. Rather, it is problematised, with local politics conceptualised as complex and dynamic. Contrary to the generally held view that decentralisation enables more participation by the unprivileged, including women, this book suggests that this is not always so.
Josephine Ahikire is a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Women and Gender Studies, Makerere University; and a Senior research fellow with Centre for Basic Research (CBR) (in Kampala. She is a visiting scholar with the Department of Political Studies at the University of Oldenburg in Germany. Ahikire has worked on feminist political theory and has conducted research and she is widely published in the area of gendered constructions of public politics, labour and popular culture, among others. She recently completed a PhD on gender and local politics in Uganda at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johnnesburg, South Africa.