A gender perspective of poverty, shame, and social exclusion nexus: A case study of Uganda
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Contemporary studies on poverty have suggested a relationship between poverty, shame and social exclusion. This is increasingly becoming a focal point for contemporary scholars, policy makers and analysts in a bid to fully understand the dynamics of this phenomenon. The on-going „Poverty and Shame‟ project, a collaborative research project in the countries of Uganda, India, China, Norway, and United Kingdom (UK) is one of the studies oriented towards this phenomenon. This thesis, which is a micro component of this broader „Poverty and Shame‟ research project attempts to trace a gender perspective of the poverty-shame-social exclusion nexus from two sources particularly official government documents and media reports- newspapers with a focus on women, using the National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS) programme‟s design / formulation and implementation. The study is premised in feminist theories particularly Third World Women feminism which opposes the gender systems that are oppressive to women, and advocates for a change of social order from unequal gender relations that are socio-culturally enforced to improved and /or equal gender relations through emancipating and empowering the women socially, economically, ideologically, and politically. This thesis affirms that the relationship between poverty, shame and social exclusion exists in Uganda and it has got a gender characteristic. This is illustrated by the unequal gender relations exemplified by the marginalized social status / position of women in society which increases their propensity to be poor. Poverty also begets shame, and is also associated with social exclusion.