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Gender Equality and Knowledge Society (GEKS) National Report, 2015

Women of Uganda Network (WOUGNET) is a women’s organization operating at the National level in Uganda and in specific districts at the local level. WOUGNET has been conducting a research on Gender Equality and the Knowledge Society (GEKS) since May – July 2015. WOUGNET was commissioned for this National Assessment under the financial support of UNESCO. UNESCO commissioned national assessments in four Eastern Africa countries on the preparation and participation of women and girls in the knowledge society, with particular emphasis on Science, Technology and Innovation. The aim of these studies was to collect data on and develop analysis of factors that affect the STI participation of women and girls that can lead to cross-country and global comparisons. Findings from this research are a critical reflection on some recent attempts to construct indicators of gender equality and women’s empowerment, focusing on Health status, Social status, Economic status, Access to resources, Women’s Agency, Opportunity and Capability, Women knowledge economy, Women knowledge in decision making Women knowledge in Science Technology and Innovation, Women and learning lifelong and analyzing the influence of enabling policy environment on the named aspects in promoting gender equality. The findings have proved that Uganda is a long way from achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment goal three of the globally agreed Millennium Development Goals. Although there has been progress in some areas such as girls’ access to primary education and women’s economic empowerment, the level of achievement has been uneven across the country. There is generally a rapid improvement to the lives of women and girls in Uganda.

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