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IDS Research Report 88: The Gendered Price of Precarity: Voicing and Challenging Workplace Sexual Harassment

There is a strong belief that employment is a crucial avenue for the empowerment of young women, through income, greater autonomy, and bargaining power within the family.

However, experiences of workplace sexual harassment undermine these potential gains. This qualitative study among agro-processing factory workers and domestic workers in Uganda and Bangladesh demonstrates that sexual harassment is widespread in both formal and informal workplaces, while domestic workers are particularly vulnerable to its most severe forms. Women’s agency to challenge harassment is severely constrained by social and gender norms. Most find that the best possible strategy is to avoid and prevent physical forms of sexual harassment from happening. Language is essential for voicing and challenging sexual harassment, but the study shows that social and gender norms constrain young women in articulating transgressive and inappropriate behaviour by men. Many women hide detail, deliberately use euphemisms, and even lack a vocabulary to explain what happened to them, ultimately limiting opportunities for redressal.

At the same time, formal institutions are failing young female workers. Local authorities in both countries reproduced prejudice about women ‘inviting’ sexual attention, whereas the police are generally distrusted because of corruption and the need for bribes. To tackle sexual harassment in the workplace, multipronged strategies are needed that target employers and government actors. The right policies and adequate safeguarding and reporting mechanisms need to be implemented, whereas programmes need to support women to help them gain the confidence to speak about sexual harassment and support (collective) action. Longer-term strategies need to address gender norms that condone sexual harassment.

Call for Applications for 2 postdoctoral Scholarships Tenable at Makerere University.

Makerere University, through the School of Women and Gender Studies, is implementing a six-year project funded by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) through the Norwegian Programme for Capacity Development in Higher Education and Research for Development (NORHED II).

The project title is Gender and digitalization (GENDIG) across context. Makerere University will implement this project together with the University of Agder in Norway and the University of Dar es Salam in Tanzania.


The project is searching for candidates to fill two postdoctoral position, tenable at Makerere University.

The candidates will be required to conduct research focusing on one or a combination from the four themes:

  1. Gender, Digitalization and Graduate Training (specifically, to study the Impact of Gender and Digitalization, or, explore the added value of digitalization on training and learning at post graduate level).
  2. Teaching Gender Across Context Collaboratively
  3. Gender Equality and Inclusion for Community Impact.
  4. Digitalization and Policy Implications
    Eligibility
    The interested candidate should fulfill the following requirements:
     Must be a Staff of Makerere University, able to demonstrate ability and potential for growing a research career
     Hold a PhD within five years since receiving the award
     This opportunity is open to males (less than 45 years) and females (Less than 50 years).
    How to Apply
    The Post Doc applicant should fill the provided application form, and include copies of academic certificates, letter of motivation, letter of appointment and a CV.
    Deadline for application: 21st April 2022 at 17:00hrs EAT
    Interested candidates should send applications via email to Ms. Monica Nabukalu: mutyabamoni@gmail.com Copied to: consolata.kabonesa@gmail,com, wasejojo98@gmail.com and rnsibirano2015@gmal.com . These contacts can also be used for inquiries. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Call for Applications for 2 postdoctoral Scholarships Tenable at Makerere University.

Makerere University, through the School of Women and Gender Studies, is implementing a six-year project funded by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) through the Norwegian Programme for Capacity Development in Higher Education and Research for Development (NORHED II). The project title is Gender and digitalization (GENDIG) across context.
Makerere University will implement this project together with the University of Agder in Norway and the University of Dar es Salam in Tanzania.


The project is searching for candidates to fill two postdoctoral positions, tenable at Makerere University.

The candidates will be required to conduct research focusing on one or a combination from the four themes:

  1. Gender, Digitalization and Graduate Training (specifically, to study the Impact of Gender and Digitalization, or, explore the added value of digitalization on training and learning at post graduate level).
  2. Teaching Gender Across Context Collaboratively
  3. Gender Equality and Inclusion for Community Impact.
  4. Digitalization and Policy Implications
    Eligibility
    The interested candidate should fulfill the following requirements:
     Must be a Staff of Makerere University, able to demonstrate ability and potential for growing a research career
     Hold a PhD within five years since receiving the award
     This opportunity is open to males (less than 45 years) and females (Less than 50 years).
    How to Apply
    The Post Doc applicant should fill the provided application form, and include copies of academic certificates, letter of motivation, letter of appointment and a CV.
    Deadline for application: 21st April 2022 at 17:00hrs EAT
    Interested candidates should send applications via email to Ms. Monica Nabukalu: mutyabamoni@gmail.com Copied to: consolata.kabonesa@gmail,com, wasejojo98@gmail.com and rnsibirano2015@gmal.com . These contacts can also be used for inquiries. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

International Conference on Gender Studies in Africa 

Theme:

Africa and Gender Studies: 

Celebrating 30 Years of Transformation & 

Conference Logistics and Guidelines to Paper Presenters:

1. This conference, organized by the School of Women and Gender Studies brings together 492 participants from 33 countries. It is open to Scholars, Researchers, Policy Makers and Activists working in the field of Genders and Gender Studies in Africa. The Conference: a) Brings together different Gender units in Africa to share experiences of teaching and researching in Women and Gender Studies in Africa; b) Examines the contribution of Women and Gender Studies to Africa’s development; c) Examines how crises such as war, HIV, COVID19 and neoliberalism have shaped the teaching of Gender studies in the academy; d) Assesses the link between Women’s organising/activism in Africa and the subject of Gender studies in the African Academy; and e) Repositions Women and Gender Studies in Africa for the future

2. Makerere University is generously hosting the event at its Central Teaching Facility 2 (CTF2) and providing all the on-site logistical support. This includes transport from the hotel to the conference venue, lunch and snacks to all registered participants.

3. Conference participants are self-sponsoring, paying for their own travel, accommodation and upkeep. The conference will not provide per diems.

4. Travelling participants are encouraged to reserve accommodation at recommended hotels as displayed on the conference website (https://icgsa.mak.ac.ug/). 

5. Travelling participants are encouraged to notify the conference organisers if they need assistance for booking hotels and if they will need transport pickups from the hotel to the conference venue. Accommodation at recommended hotels as displayed on the conference website (https://icgsa.mak.ac.ug/).

 6. Presentations will take the shape of keynote speeches, plenary discussions, parallel sessions and exhibitions. 

7. Some presenters will present virtually while others will be physically present at the conference venue. 

8. Lunch, morning and evening break teas will be provided at the slated times at the conference venue (CTF2)

9. Participants are expected to register online at https://icgsa.mak.ac.ug/. Please let the conference secretariat know of any challenges you may have regarding registration. 

10. Travelling participants are encouraged to secure their own health/travel insurance. 

11. Participants will be provided with name tags and conference stationery starting from 8 am on Wednesday 23rd February 2022. 

12. Participants interested in a cultural even will be required to indicate so on the first day of the conference to enable the conference organizers plan for any. 

13. Conference abstracts for papers/panels to be presented have been shared in the Book of Abstracts found on the conference website (https://icgsa.mak.ac.ug/).  

14. Keynote Paper presenters have 45 minutes to do their presentation. At the end of the presentation, the Chair has 5 minutes to comment on the presentation. There will be no questions or comments from the audience.

15. Plenary Paper presenters have 15 minutes each to present their papers. At the end of the presentations, there will be 30 minutes of general discussion. 

16. Presentations at the Parallel Sessions are to be done in 12minutes. These will be followed with 30 minutes of general discussion.

17. A Zoom link will be provided for all  conference Sessions

18. Session Chairs will be required to advertise their sessions, including enabling people to register for them in advance. 

19. Each session will be covered by a rapporteur, who will be responsible for recording the proceedings of the event. 

20. Participants are encouraged to keep checking on the conference website (https://icgsa.mak.ac.ug/) for any updates.  

21. The conference organisers wish all participants a great conference experience and an enjoyable stay in Kampala.                                                                     

Phone Contacts:1. Assoc. Prof. Sarah N. Ssali (Dean) – Email (sssaline2@gmail.com), Mobile (+256772663772)

2. Assoc. Prof. Consolata Kabonesa (Convener) – Email (consolata.kabonesa@gmail.com), Mobile +256772512455

3. Dr. Victoria Namugala – Email (vickatende@gmail.com), Mobile (+256782458559)

4. Dr. Anne Ninsiima – Email (ninsiimaanna89@gmail.com), Mobile (+256772382590)

5. Ms. Salama Nakiranda – Email (salama.nakiranda@gmail.com), Mobile (+256700436943)

6. Ms. Donna Keirungi – Email (unifog.keirungi@gmail.com), Mobile (+256772879364)

7. Dr. Fred Kindi – Email (kindifred@yahoo.com), Mobile (0781430039)