The paper hereby presented is extracted from a research currently undertaken on the linkages between Women's Human Rights, Domestic Violence and HIV/AIDS from a socio-legal and anthropological perspective in Uganda. The study's scope is to critically assess the "formal" and "informal" judicial institu-tions and bodies that are accessed by women living in poor urban neighbour-hoods to resolve conflicts related to domestic violence.
This paper shows the complexities related to the implementation of women's human rights with regard to 1) substantive legal issues: the application of inter-national human rights law in national legislation and 2) structural challenges: access to justice and the legitimacy of "formal" judicial institutions.
The paper is thus structured as follows:
Focuses on key and fundamental violations of Women's Human rights in two intrinsically related categories: 1) violations related to women's right to dignity and life focusing on SGBV and HIV/AIDS and 2) violations related to women's socio-economic rights. Based on the statistics available, the chapter seeks to pro-vide an overview of the extent of the problem in Uganda.
Provides an analysis of developments in National Legislation in relation to key women's human rights issues discussed in Chapter 1 above. It examines the extent to which, the content of present and pending national legislation provides an adequate response to current violations of women's human rights in Uganda.
Assesses the structural challenges related to the low access to one "formal" institution by the poorest section of the population in re-lation to women's human rights abuses described in Chapters 1 and 2 and highlights the set of "informal" institutions that are cur-rently accessed. On this basis the chapter seeks to address the problem of institutional legitimacy.
Concludes with thought provoking questions for further reflection and debate.