Women’s education and political participation in Cameroon

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January 27, 2022

Women’s education and political participation in Cameroon


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By Tapan Kumar Sahu, Kusum Yadav

The paper empirically examined the relationship between education level and political participation of women. The indices of political participation include the following: membership of political party, voting in elections, occupation of political post, means of occupation of political post and level of occupation of political post. The results revealed that women of the South West region of Cameroon are fairly well exposed to formal education as only 4.1% of the sampled population had no formal education. The study revealed that the higher the level of women's formal education, the more their tendency to participate in politics in areas of voting in elections and occupation of political post either through elections or appointments at all levels of government. The study was guided by the  following objectives; the first  was to  assess  women’s  political participation and  decision  making. Secondly, what the opportunities of women political participation the third objectives was to determine the level of opportunities women’s political participation and decision making. The researcher recommends that the government, civil society and women activists need to work towards sensitization and awareness creation among the community to realize the need of the Women to participate in politics and governance. The men need to realize the women’s need  for political power  and  change the  way  they look  at  the women and the government should embark on activities which support women’s political x Initiatives. The researcher recommends these areas to be further studied including: a study that could analyzes the contribution of civil society organizations in promotion of  women  political  participation  and  human  rights,  a  study  that  could  assess the  policy  gaps  concerning  gender  equity  in governance and  politics for women empowerment  and other study could  be conducted in  the field concerning implication of culture on women’s political participation and decision making.

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Tapan Kumar Sahu, Kusum Yadav
International Journal of Advanced Education and Research 2018
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