A GRA Gender assessment report reveals glaring gaps in access to information for men and women. Where men have access to channels mainly used to relay information like radios and meetings, women are often limited by their gender roles in accessing information in the extractives sector.
When her husband died last year, 24 year old Harriet Nakazibwe was left to care for her two children alone. She lives in Bulindimula village in Mubende District. She did not have a job nor any money to fall back on as her husband was the sole breadwinner. She turned to her land, measuring two acres, which she cultivated, grew crops and earn some income for her family.
Sexual harassment of women and girls in the mines is threatening their livelihoods. More unemployed women and girls flock the mines to earn a living from the peripherals of the main mining activities especially in the gold mines of Mubende, Namayingo, Buhweju and Karamoja.
Amongi, the minister of Land, Housing and Urban Development, has said the process of evicting people from Rwamutonga in Hoima district to pave way for the construction of an oil-waste treatment plant was done illegally.
At the time of the writing of the first geological appraisal of Uganda’s oil prospects, Mr Wayland, the director of the Department of Geological Survey at Entebbe, listed five other concessions with regard to oil– all British businesses.
They included Sir Sydney Henn (1920), Chijoles Oil Ltd (1920) Lord Drogheda (1920), Messrs Bird & Co (1920) and Messrs E.S, Grogan, A.F. Dudgeon, A.G Tannerhill and Owen Grant. The latter licences were issued between July and September of the same year.
It has now been confirmed that Uganda’s rift valley basins contain commercially exploitable reserves of oil and gas. Efforts to explore this extractive and non-renewable resource have been steeped up in the last decade.