The Politics of Sexual Harassment in Students’ Electoral Processes: A Case of Makerere University, Uganda

Author(s): Esther Namitala
Final project
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Gender and Education
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This research proposal is inspired by my Masters in Gender studies research findings, conducted in 2019 to examine the efficacy of institutional structures in addressing sexual harassment at Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda. While there is a surge of data on electoral violence specifically gender-based violence at national and international level, there exists a research gap around electoral violence particularly sexual harassment in students’ electoral processes at higher institutions of learning, a micro level of governance. Exploratory in nature, this study seeks to investigate the prevalence of sexual harassment in student guild electoral processes, its impact on student leadership and the processes that will be drawn upon to respond to sexual harassment in students’ electoral processes. The research will use mixed methods of data collection from Makerere University, Uganda as a case study, to attempt the following investigative questions: (1) What forms of sexual harassment occur in student guild electoral processes? (2) Under what circumstances does sexual harassment occur? (3) In what ways does sexual harassment affect students’ leadership aspirations? Surveys, in-depth interviews, and observations will be employed to collect and analyse data. Secondary data records regarding sexual harassment from the university and online will be studied and analysed.