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Gender issues in Uganda’s oil and gas sector

This study intends to demonstrate how key stakeholders in the oil industry in Uganda can play a role in insulating communities from its risks and ensuring its gains are equitable and inclusive.

As the oil sector develops into the commercial stage, it could have a significant impact on gender relations. Changes to family income, education and influence from other cultures could lead to conflict between the sexes.

Women are also often more vulnerable to the risks associated with extractive industries, such as environmental degradation and family disruption, whilst men are better positioned to take advantage of its benefits, such as employment or supplier contracts.

Within this framework, gender’ is understood as the social and cultural construct of roles, responsibilities, attributes, opportunities, privileges, status, access to and control over resources and benefits between men and women, boys and girls in a given society.