Gender and customary mechanisms of justice in Uganda
The resolution of conflict and the requisite social rebuilding, in many cases, takes place within a framework of what has come to be known as transitional justice. In many parts of the world, however, this rebuilding takes place within the kinds of mechanisms that are customarily used in Uganda to resolve conflict and to reorder communities after a dispute. At present, these mechanisms are being employed to deal with the circumstances arising from the protracted conflicts which have been present in Uganda since at least 1971. This chapter explores the access that women in Uganda, who shoulder much of the burden of civil conflict, abuse, and abduction, have to these mechanisms, and their agency therein. It is clear that women are often left out of the social rebuilding process. Their attitudes toward, and inclusion in, traditional mechanisms of justice are explored below.