Josephine Nabayinda, MSC

Washington University in St. Louis (WU)

My research interests lie in addressing the social, familial, and cultural barriers that hinder women’s economic mobility and
independence in low-resource households. This topic is particularly important to me, given my personal background. Growing up in rural Uganda, I have witnessed women’s struggles – including in my own family—in a patriarchal society. Women bear the highest
burden of caring for their families, yet, they face struggles which include lack of property ownership, intimate partner violence, limited economic opportunities, and exclusion from decision-making (both economic and health-related decisions). I have been fortunate to work with women whose lives have been changed by economic empowerment programs and other interventions. My quest is to engage in intervention research that promotes the economic wellbeing of women in low resource communities.