A four-day conference on "The status of women in relation to marriage laws" was held by the Uganda Council of Women, at Kampala, Uganda, Mar 22-25.
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Background: A four-day conference on "The status of women in relation to marriage laws" was held by the Uganda Council of Women, at Kampala, Uganda, Mar 22-25. Speakers included Bishop Usher-Wilson, Mr. M.L. Perlman of the East African Institute of Social Research, officials, and tribal delegates.
Two years ago the Uganda Council of Women sent its members a questionnaire on the topic of marriage laws, and is now trying "to convince people that changes in the laws are needed." Uganda women now hold public offices and function as doctors, nurses, teachers, and secretaries; two sit on the Legislative Council. Not surprisingly, they object to some old-fashioned tribal laws, which - as one speaker said - give a mistress superiority over a wife. Polygamy, bridal prices, property-owning and inheritance will all be discussed. It seems that a social, as well as a political "wind of change" is being felt in Africa.