Gender Roles and the Care Economy in Ugandan Households

The case of Kaabong, Kabale and Kampala districts

Paper author: 
Guloba, Dr. Madina Katunze, Miriam Ssewanyana, Dr. Sarah Ahikire, Prof. Josephine Musiimenta, Dr. Peace Boonabaana, Dr. Brenda Ssennono, Vincent
Paper publication date: 
Monday, August 13, 2018

This report examines the distribution of unpaid care and domestic work in households in the Ugandan districts of Kaabong, Kabale and Kampala. It seeks to understand the connection between social norms and the gendered division of work, including how much time women, men, boys and girls spend on paid work and unpaid care work in a day, as well as how this time use varies between urban and rural areas and between the districts in the study. The authors look closely at childcare, who undertakes it and why. They also analyse what kinds of services are available in each district that might ease the care workload for women and girls.

The report makes recommendations for the Ugandan government and relative authorities on how they can recognize, reduce and redistribute care work through policy changes, labour-saving devices and technology, better infrastructure and the provision of care services.

This publication was written by Oxfam partners in Uganda (EPRC, UWONET and the School of Women and Gender Studies at Makerere University), in collaboration with Oxfam in Uganda and the WE-Care team.