Gender and Sexuality
Institutionalising Gender Equality in African Universities: The Case of Women’s and Gender Studies at Makerere University*
The critical description of the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at Makerere University presented in this short article aims to illustrate what has been achieved and what remains challenging ten years after a commitment was made to institutionalising gender equality. The department was established in 1991 with the intention of providing intellectual leadership for mainstreaming gender within the university and in relation to Uganda’s economic, political and socio-cultural development. In what follows, I suggest that the department’s experiences in its first decade demonstrate considerable quantitative growth in terms of student numbers, the development of a national and international profile and the expansion of research. This, however, has occurred alongside less and less of a sense of its internal cohesiveness, its accountability to the women’s movement and its engagement with issues of gender transformation in the broader society.
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