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BRIDE PRICE, MARRIAGE RIGHTS AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN UGANDA

  • Hague, Gill M (Principal Investigator)
  • Thiara, Ravi K. (Co-Investigator)
  • Turner, Atuki (Co-Investigator)
StatusFinished
Period1/01/081/04/09

Description

This pioneering study, the first ever of its type, will investigate the practice of bride-price and its inter-relations with gender inequality and domestic violence in Uganda. Bride-price is a common practice in African countries, used to validate marriages, in which material items are paid by the groom to the bride's family.

The project:

• will use a participatory action research methodology, conceptualised as research which leads to social change in a dynamic way, using focussed cycles of planning, action and reflection. It will be based in ‘grounded theory’, developing theory through action and reflexive practice.
• is built on the belief that Western research in rural African contexts cannot be imposed but should be built in collaboration with local people. It is a pioneering and timely project combining qualitative but robust investigative research with an action research initiative.
• aims to investigate, through an action research partnership approach, the impacts of bride-price in terms of family and cultural issues and domestic violence. It will develop evidenced policy recommendations in Uganda, and contribute to national, pan-African and global debates on bride price including through international protocols and the Kampala International Declaration on bride-price.
• will develop a local action-oriented dissemination plan, including a collaboratively developed cascaded community awareness-raising programme to reach several thousand people.

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