The state of social protection in Uganda in response to Covid-19

Uganda’s National Social Protection Policy (NSPP) provides that regardless of status, every citizen can be faced with various risks and vulnerabilities which could render them unable to meet their basic needs. One of the guiding principles of the NSPP is universalism and inclusiveness; promoting appropriate measures to protect every Ugandan from risks and shocks. This policy brief uses a gendered lens to analyze the state of social protection in Uganda in response to Covid-19.

The Effect of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Women Labour Related Rights

Uganda has a progressive employment legal regime, a reflection of the international standards of the International Labour Organization. However, enforcement of these laws has always posed a challenge because the dictates of demand and supply outweigh the aspirations of the laws and policies. The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on businesses and employment exposed the weaknesses and loopholes in Uganda’s employment policies, with 76% of the business reported to have reduced the size of their work force, some by 50%. This policy brief dissects the effect Covid-19 has had on women Labour rights in Uganda.

Gendered Dimensions of the Economic Impact of Covid-19 In Uganda

Covid-19 is by far the biggest pandemic the world has faced in decades. In March 2020, Uganda joined the rest of the world to announce a nationwide lockdown, amongst other measures to contain the pandemic. This came shortly after the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the Coronavirus a pandemic. This decision as in many other countries, came with a drastic economic impact, disproportionately affecting women. This policy brief gives a synopsis of the gendered dimensions of the economic impacts of covid-19 in Uganda, highlighting three main areas; labour and the workforce, domestic work and care and freedom from violence against women.

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