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OBJECTIVES OF THE STUDY

1-Women’s participation in politics is hindered by cultural, religious, economic and level of educational factors.


2- Women do not participate in politics because of lack of confidence to run election

3- To review the criteria for recruiting and appointing candidates to decision making bodies to ensure that such criteria does not in any manner directly or indirectly discriminated againstwomen, but, promote their full and effective unhindered and unlimited participation.

4- To document factual information about the experience of Nigeria women in political set up of the local government area.


 
RESEARCH HYPOTHESES
 
For this research there are is hypotheses
The higher the socio economic status of women, the more they participate politics
Hence there are is variable under these hypotheses
The socio-economic status and intensity of religion devotion which is the independent variable.
 
METHOD OF DATE COLLECTION
The research work is based on multiple methods of collecting data; simple random sampling questionnaire and documentary sources.
The study will use simple random sampling because it is not easy for me as a researcher to study the entire population of Nassarawa local government, due to in adequacies time consumption, financial constraints and other things. So therefore through the simple random sampling technique it will be more easier for me to select one to two certain words, that can represent the entire Nassarawa local government.
 
DEFINITION OF CONCEPTS
 
PARTICIPATION; participation in social science refers to differ mechanism for the public to express opinion and ideally exert influence regarding political economic, management or other social decisions. Participatory decision making can take place along any realm of human social activity, including economic, political or familial that is feminism.
 
POLITICAL PARTICIPATION; political participation is vital in that it is the channel through which the public can exercise their rights to decide public issues and elect or impeach their leaders.
According to Samuel Huntington and Nelson, political participation is defined as ‘activities by the people aimed at directing government policies.
 
WOMEN POLITICAL PARTICIPATION; in the modern era women are under-represented in most countries worldwide, in contrast to men. More than 20 countries currently have a women holding office as the head of a national government, and the global participation rate of women in national-level parliaments is nearly 20%.
 
ENFRANCHISEMENT; It means giving one the right to take part in politics in its entire dimension which include among other things voting and being voted for.
 
WOMEN; According to the advanced learner’s dictionary women is defined as adult female human being or the female sex, while the term is opposite of the word ‘men’ that is an adult male human being.
 
ORGANIZATION OF CHAPTERS
 
This research work on the topic ‘The challenges of women political participation in northern Nigeria, A case study of Nassarawa local government ‘this project was comprises of five chapters.
Chapter one covers the introductory part of the work, such as the statement of research problems, the significance of the study, objectives of the study, research hypothesis method of collection and the chapters involved in the research.
Chapter two covers the literature review, where by various perception of the subject matter is being quoted, and comprehensive theoretical frame work, which serves as a guide to entire study.
Chapter three where discuss the historical background of the area of the study in term of its territory social composition, institution and occupations.
Chapter four analyses the data on the participation of women in politics in the area under study.
Chapter five will include summary, recommendations and conclusion.

Reference
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Asaju, K and Adagba, S.O [2003].
Bari, f. [2005] ‘women’s political participation; issues and challenges’ United Nation Division for the Advancement of women [DAW]. Bangkok. Thailand.
National council of women societies Nigeria [1974; the need for a national policy of non-formal education for women A seminar report, Lagos, Nigeria
Socialist International women resolution, toward a great participation of women in politics, strategies and realities, bureau meeting, Casablanca morocco 28-29 may 2002.