Uganda has attracted much attention and political visibility for its significant ecomic recovery after a catastrophic decline. In her groundbreaking book, Aili Mari Tripp provides extensive data and analysis of patterns of political behavior and institutions by focusing on the unique success of indigeus women s organizations. Tripp explores why the women s movement grew so dramatically in such a short time after the National Resistant Movement took over in 1986. Unlike many African countries where organizations and institutions are controlled by a ruling party or regime, the Ugandan women s movement gained its momentum by remaining automous.
Aili Mari Tripp is assistant professor of political science and women s studies at the University of Wisconsin Madison.