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kanzu, Western attire, legal discrimination, Polygyny, important values

Support for the extended family is among the most important values held by Ugandans. Polygyny (the practice of having more than one wife) is accepted and very common. Women are traditionally considered inferior to men and their independent social initiatives tend to be discouraged. However, some members of the government and women’s rights activists have begun the task of removing legal discrimination against women. The constitution adopted in 1995 guarantees women equal opportunities in political, social, and economic areas. It also reserves some seats in the legislature and one-third of the seats in local councils for female candidates. The accumulation and display of wealth, such as throwing a lavish wedding, are signs of success that win respect in Uganda. Western attire is worn throughout the country. Traditional clothing, which varies among ethnic groups, is often worn at local ceremonies and dances. Traditional Ganda and Soga men often wear a long white robe called a kanzu under a sport coat, while women wear a busuti, a distinctive floor-length dress introduced by 19th-century missionaries.

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kanzu, Western attire, legal discrimination, Polygyny, important values, sport coat, Ugandans, female candidates, Traditional clothing, legislature, constitution, local councils, extended family, dances, seats, signs of success, ethnic groups, task, wife, government, accumulation, country, respect, practice, members, Support


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