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Information or Oppressions-Media Coverage of Domestic Violence Against Women In Uganda

Information or Oppressions-Media Coverage of Domestic Violence Against Women In Uganda

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This Study seeks to explore how gender stereotypes re-inforced by the media, tend to oppress the women further into invisibility. Its a term Paper that i wrote for the European Unersity Center for Peace Studies -Austria.
This Study seeks to explore how gender stereotypes re-inforced by the media, tend to oppress the women further into invisibility. Its a term Paper that i wrote for the European Unersity Center for Peace Studies -Austria.

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EPU Research Paper for Summer Term 2009Topic
Information or Oppression: An analysis of Media Coverage and Portrayal of Violence against Women in Uganda
ByMachrine Birungimachrine@gmail.comEuropean University Center for Peace StudiesSchlaining – AustriaReader: Prof Gal
 
Abstract:
This paper seeks to analyze how violence against women is depicted in themedia in Uganda. The United Nations declaration on the elimination of violenceagainst women describes " Violence against women is a manifestation of historicallyunequal power relations between men and women, which have led to domination over and discrimination against women by men to the prevention of the full advancementof women, and that violence against women is one of the crucial social mechanisms by which women are forced into a subordinate position compared to men".Several women in Uganda have been targeted of the recent rise in the new wave of crime targeting mainly women and children. Women have been caught up in a waveof both inter and intra domestic violence as a result of relationships gone bad andsometimes family misunderstandings. Women have also been targets of one of themost heinous crime- Human Sacrifice or Ritual Murders. Under the ritual murders,the perpetrators target women and children because they are very easy to woo, areunsuspicious and less likely to fight back if they sense something fishy against their lives. Evidently, the women and children are being targeted because of the gender stereotypes still prevalent in many African cultures that portray the woman as theweaker sex, submissive members of society and defenseless species of human beings.The media exposure of women as victims of violence has been rather sensational,sloppy and devoid of serious analysis. Obviously violence remains one of the biggestthreats to the security of the women and children in many communities. The mediaactually tends to create significant perceptions about feminist and masculinity in thesociety.Some authors have actually argued that the end result of all this is that men becomeobjectified as masculine, while women become objectified as feminine.This paper therefore will seek to examine the validity of my hypothesis: Violenceagainst women is largely of news value to the media because it provokes publicinterest and confirms the deep rooted stereotyping, but doesn’t advocate for a changein the gender stereotyping that still exists in our communities.The paper discusses whether such factors as the characteristics of the victim, thenature of violence inflicted on the woman, the class and demographics play any rolein how the media reports about the violence inflicted on women. But it will also beworthy to note that at the end that the media tends to represent women according tothe societal constructions of the genders and the media reinforces these constructionsand only tries to strike a balance in the portrayal of women as victims of violence.
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Chapter 1: Introduction………………………………………………………………4Chapter 2: Role of Media in Uganda…………………………………………………6Chapter 3: Content Analysis of the Stories about women as Victims of Violence……9Chapter 4: Tools Used By Media to Reinforce Gender Stereotypes………………..29Conclusions ………………………………………………………………………29Recommendations………………………………………………………………….30
Introduction
Violence against women is increasingly becoming a major security threat to theexistence of the women folk in communities.This paper is based on the rising spate of crime in Uganda- targeting mainly womenand children. Bunch (1999) states "Imagine a people routinely subjected to assault,rape, sexual slavery, arbitrary imprisonment, torture, verbal abuse, mutilation, evenmurder – all because they were born into a particular group. Imagine further that their sufferings were compounded by systematic discrimination and humiliation in thehome and workplace, in classrooms and courtrooms, at worship and at play. Fewwould deny that this group had been singled out for gross violations of human rights.Such groups exist. Its members comprise half of humanity. Yet it is rarely
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