United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW)


Joen Santiago

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Country: Republic of Uganda Topic A: Empowering Women in STEM/STEAM Committee: United Nations Council on the Status of Women As defined by the by the New Webster’s Dictionary of the English Language, “culture” are the social and religious structures and intellectual and artistic manifestations that characterize a society. Culture plays a large role in determining whether or not a certain society encourages women to fully participate in different facets of daily life. In Uganda, our culture is largely patriarchal, meaning that the males of society are the heads of their respective families, heirs of their parents and, essentially given greater opportunities in society, with the belief that it also supports survival of the fittest. In Uganda, the things that women need such as sanitary pads and cosmetics are seen as indulgences and, are thus, not given any priority. But objects for men such as liquor are considered as necessities. As is the common pattern in societies across the world, Ugandan women are treated differently than their male counterparts. Even up to this day, women in Uganda are greatly treasured by their family patriarchs and, when they are married and their families are given gifts and tokens from their husband’s family, they are treated like their husband’s greatest commodity. Our culture is extremely conservative which, by some standards, would seem extreme. Our culture emphasizes modesty and simplicity by discouraging women from wearing shorts, skirts or clothes that reveal too much skin, and women generally takes social cues from their fathers. These practices merely show that our society values having high standards of behavior when interacting with others. With regards to the status of female education in Uganda, research conducted by UNESCO show that, from the year 2009 to 2013, there is a great difference between the population of male and female out-of-school children. The former having an extreme spike in population in 2010. In a...