Crossroads: Women Coming of Age in Today’s Uganda

From sports fields to bedrooms, from ancient religious rituals to invading western aid organizations, “Crossroads: Women Coming of Age in Today’s Uganda” offers a searing portrait of the lives of Africa women today.

Clarion Forward Review calls it “An elegant collection that will contribute greatly to the discussion of global feminism.” But it is much more than that. A powerful collection of true stories of joy, sorrow, terror, defiance and ultimately wisdom, it is journey into the hearts and minds of all people who struggle to preserve tradition in the face of dramatic social change.

Nobody is better positioned to tell that story than African women. They are rooted in their culture’s rich traditions, yet they stand at the cutting edge of change. With dignity and grace, they play a complex social role, balancing worldly sophistication with reverence for the values of their upbringing.

While one woman examines the cultural implications of Ugandan names, another describes being tortured in a secret prison, and a third traces the mix of African and imported religion that shaped her. One mocks girls’ traditional sex education, while another explores how difficult it is to defy traditions even though she finds them demeaning. All challenge social expectations, yet many view “modernization,” which helped bring about their liberation, with ambivalence.

Covering topics from women’s rights to development, this compilation paints a compelling picture, sometimes humorous and sometimes tragic, of the lives of women in today’s Uganda.

You will laugh. You will cry. You will be amazed. But mostly you will be inspired by these true stories by women that capture the world of African women and testify to the enduring strength of the human spirit.

 

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