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Uganda

  • By: Edith G. Wafula
  • In: Encyclopedia of Motherhood
  • Edited by: Andrea O'Reilly
  • Subject:Sociology of Gender, Parenting, Maternal Health

The Republic of Uganda is located in east Africa, with Kampala as its capital. As of 2008, the country's population stood at 31.9 million, with Christians accounting for 85 percent of all Ugandans. Uganda is landlocked and its size is comparable to the state of Oregon (93,070 square miles). Motherhood is very important for the people of Uganda, as evidenced by changes in traditions and laws designed to empower mothers. Today, Ugandan women have divorce rights; however, not long ago Ugandan society considered men superior to women, who were not legally permitted to file for divorce, even when victims of domestic violence. When considering motherhood in Uganda, important social processes such as fertility rates, marriage structure, financial support to poor and unwed mothers, religion and ...

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