CHALLENGES HINDERING FEMALE PARTICIPATION IN POLITICS AS EXPRESSED BY FEMALE POLITICIANS IN THE FEDERAL CAPITAL TERRITORY, ABUJA: IMPLICATIONS FOR COUNSELLING

  • Ekundayo F Ocholi University of Abuja
  • Ufuoma V Oyinvwi Nasarawa State University
  • Bose B Sanusi Government Secondary School Gwarimpa Abuja
Keywords: Resolve, Challenges, Counselling, Female Participation, Politics, Federal Capital Territory

Abstract

The study challenges hindering female participation in politics as expressed by female
politicians in the federal capital territory, Abuja, Nigeria. The research design adopted for this
study was descriptive survey. The respondents were 210 female politicians selected from six Area
Councils of the FCT using a proportionate sampling technique. The “Challenges of Female
Participation in Politics”(COFPIP)Questionnaire was administered to the respondents to collect
relevant data. Percentages and mean scores were used for the demographic section and the
research questions were answered while t-test and ANOVA statistics at 0.05 level of significance
were used to test the null hypotheses. The findings showed that women politicians in the FCT
were faced with educational, religious, economic and socio-cultural challenges. Educational
challenge however, was rated higher than all others. Finally, the challenges facing women
politicians did not differ on the basis of marital status, religious background, location and
educational qualification. It was therefore concluded that women politicians in the study area
were confronted with a number of challenges. Based on the findings of the study, it was
recommended that political parties, Government, Electoral body (INEC) and politicians to
ensure that the electoral system and political culture are women-friendly, and that level playingground for women to participate actively in politics. Women too should strive to be educated and be economically empowered enough to participate actively in politics.

Author Biography

Bose B Sanusi, Government Secondary School Gwarimpa Abuja


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Published
2018-08-22