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Title: THE PARTICIPATION OF WOMEN IN DEMOCRATIC GOVERNANCE IN TAMALE METROPOLIS IN GHANA
Authors: Abdul – Majeed, H.
Issue Date: 2017
Abstract: Statistically, women in Ghana constitute the majority, yet they are virtually absent when it comes to the area of representing their community or nation to make major decisions that impact positively in our daily lives. They are only good in family management and not that of the larger community where the men they serve have an almost automatic and comfortable position. There is no denying the fact that democracy is appreciated all over the world because of the opportunity it provides for the participation of various interest groups in the management of societal affairs. It is reasonable to argue, therefore, that participation in decision making will be severely hindered when a good number of females are not elected or appointed into the local and national assemblies. This is unfair especially in jurisdictions where women are clearly in the majority. As a result, this study seeks to explore the issue of women representation in Ghana through the Tamale Metropolis using qualitative, statistical tables and figures in order to assess the factors that may be accountable for their small numbers as compared to their male counterparts. The Empowerment theory which focuses on analyzing gender inequality and the promotion of women’s rights, interest and issues were employed. Variables including ambition, motivation, individual financial resources, gender, education, quotas, membership in organizations and family status or background that have the potential of impacting on recruitment of councilors were assessed. How these variables mentioned above will specifically affect female representation in politics and democratic governance were explored. Socio-cultural, economic and political improvements such as encouraging female education, more job opportunities for women and the introduction of quotas for women representation in key positions are some of the recommendations made towards enhancing women representation in politics and democratic governance.
Description: Master of Philosophy in Development Studies
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/1361
Appears in Collections:Faculty of Integrated Development Studies

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