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Crossing to the mainstream: An exploration of information implications and possibilities for female legislators in the Ugandan Parliament
University of Borås, Swedish School of Library and Information Science.
2008 (English)Conference paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The study sought to explore whether there are information issues/challenges that could be encountered by women in the legislative context. The choice to focus the investigation on the experiences of women, was mainly influenced by their relatively novice experiences in the legislative context, having transcended from their socially constructed private life into a more public and visible domain. Women, in this research, are conceptualized as having occupied a less dominant and in particular, a marginal and obscured position in public life and I attempted to find out what happens when they leave these restricted domains and become part of the mainstream, what challenges do they face and what are the information implications and consequences within the new terrain? The study was carried out on the Ugandan Parliament and a total of thirty five (35) legislators participated, out of which twenty two (22) were women and thirteen (13) men. There were also other respondents (non legislators) interviewed and included, who were found to be connected to the issues under investigation. Several techniques have been utilized to gather pertinent data, and they mainly include observations, in-depth interviews, and documentary sources. The findings indicate that there are still some impediments within the organizational framework that impacts on women’s information choices and possibilities. Women are also able to fight back and exert some influence in their main network of the Women’s Parliamentary Association, UWOPA.

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Högskolan i Borås: Institutionen Biblioteks- och informationsvetenskap , 2008.
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Information Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-5960Local ID: 2320/4053OAI: diva2:886643
Mötesplats inför framtiden, Borås 15-16 oktober 2008
Available from: 2015-12-22 Created: 2015-12-22 Last updated: 2016-07-15Bibliographically approved

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