A Field Study in Social Design: Confronting the Feminization Of Poverty in Uganda
Komujuni, Rwabita C.
Savannah, Ga. : Savannah College of Art and Design
Thesis (M.F.A.) -- Graphic Design
Savannah College of Art and Design -- Department of Graphic Design
Includes bibliographical references (p.38-39).
The “feminization of poverty” is a phenomenon that affects every sector of Uganda’s society. The traditional cultural construct deprives women of their rights to develop into selfsustaining entrepreneurs. The past civil wars and AIDS have decimated a large portion of the population, leaving many destitute widows and children. As much as the current government of Uganda has made a significant effort in turning the war torn economy around, it is apparent that land ownership, as well as traditional expectations, continue to create an imbalance in the social construct of the culture. The majority of the women engage in sustainable enterprises such as basket weaving, mushroom growing and accessory product design by reusing waste materials and using eco-friendly farming methods. There is a marketable surplus of their products unfortunately; they have yet to find a market for them. This study, therefore, will illustrate the current welfare of Ugandan women, their unfortunate societal conditions influenced by gender inequality, as well as the untapped potential that they have as self-sustaining entrepreneurs. The research will also show that designing an effective distribution system will give the women the ability to market their products more effectively, thereby alleviating them from the vicious cycle of poverty.
CHAIR: Boylston, Scott
PDF : 71 p. ; ill
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