PEACE-BUILDING THROUGH WOMEN PARTICIPATION IN POLITICS: A STUDY OF 2019 GENERAL ELECTIONS IN YOLA, ADAMAWA STATE, NIGERIA
Keywords:General Elections, Nigeria, Political Participation, Women, Yola North LGA
This research examined and analyzed the factors militating and enhancing women participation in politics in the 2019 general elections. The research was carried out in Yola North LGA and a total of four hundred respondents were purposively administered structured questionnaire. This research utilizes both primary and secondary sources for the collection of data through a well-structured questionnaire and from published materials. The study adopts one-fold theoretical perspective to discuss the issues of women participation in politics and to allow for more in-depth understanding of the issues. Liberalism theory was utilized in this study. The result deduced from this study shows that inadequate finance contributes to a greater percentage, the hindering factor that discourages women’s participation in politics. This can be attributed to the high financial burden associated with active political participation in Nigeria and other socio-cultural reasons that could hinder women from pursuing their careers, thus, leading to lack or inadequate finance. Other inhibiting factors to women's political participation are violent nature of politics and lack of self-confidence, which are due to the thuggery activities in politics, fear of male dominancy in politics and the ideology that women should basically be homemakers. All these factors were found in this research to be responsible for poor women political participation in Yola North Local Government Area, Adamawa State. Based on the findings, the study suggests that proper and suitable conditions which can create equal credit facilities should be prioritized.
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