Digging Deep: The impact of Uganda's land rush on women's rights

Women activists standing against forced evictions in rural Uganda, supporter by Womankind partner, NAWAD

Right now in Uganda, powerful corporations, supported by the government, are digging for oil, planting large scale crops like sugar cane, and setting up new factories. They’re doing this on the land that’s lived on and used by local people to grow food for their families.

Women do most of the growing of food and looking after animals, as they are mainly responsible for putting food on the table. Yet when it comes to decisions about the future of the land, it is men’s voices that are heard.

Women and their families are being forced from their homes – often violently – and losing their livelihoods to make way for big farms and oil plants.

In Uganda a powerful new movement of rural women have come together to stand up to big businesses, and ensure their voices are heard in all decisions about the future of their homes. Through participatory feminist research, Womankind has supported the movement to document their experiences of forced evictions and human rights abuses. The new report, Digging Deep, is a powerful call to action to the international community.

The demands of Ugandan rural women are clear:

  1. Women’s voices must be heard in every stage of decision making on land.
  2. Corporations need to fulfil their obligations to the human rights of women and local communities.
  3. Compensation for all lost land must be fair, transparent and equal, and women must be compensated directly.
  4. All forms of violence against women and girls must stop immediately.

Download Digging Deep here