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MEN’S DISCOURAGEMENT IN POLITICS

In the process of carrying out the field survey, women were asked whether men in this society discourage women from participating in politics, and different views were from participating in politics, and different views were express on this issue. This can be shown in table 10 as follows below;



Table 10; Discouragement by men
 

Responses
Married number = 30
Single number = 15
Widowed number = 5
Total number = 50
Strongly
80
20
60
-
Agreed
20
20
30

Disagreed
-
60
10
-
Total
100
100
100
-



Source; field survey 2018

As it has been indicated in table 10 above, 80 percent of the married respondents fully consented that men have for a long time discouraged women from participating in politics, as one stated ‘ my husband is always against women’s participation in politics because he sees politics as strictly men’s activity and as such women especially married ones have no business venturing into politics ‘ 60 percent of the widowed share the same view, while 20 percent of the single respondents strongly agreed. 60 percent of the single respondents did not agree.

According to one of them ‘I see no cogent reason why men in this society should discourage or prevent women from participating in politics. After all politics is an occupation where both men and women are allowed to contribute their own quota towards societal development it should not only be a strictly male dominated activity ‘she further says that ‘it is believed that women as mothers are more compassionate than men and as such can do very well in politics or they can even excels’.
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SUMMARY, CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
This study sought to investigate the political participation of women in politics in Nassarawa local government, Kano state. It was intended to establish the extent to which women have been marginalized in the activities of political parties. This research has established that this marginalization is primarily due to the fact that men see politics as their exclusive domain and partly because the women themselves do not possess the requisite level of education attainment and this has been portrayed during the first hypothesis. This research has demonstrated that women with higher socio economic status such as western education and status as well as income have tended to participate more in politics than those with low socio economic status and lower educational level. Chapter one of the study consisted of the introductory part of the work based on title ‘challenges of women’s political participation in Nassarawa local government area of Kano state’. It comprised of the statement of the research problems, significance of the study, objectives of the study, research hypothesis, and method of data collection as well as the chapters involved in the research. The second hypotheses suggested that the more religiously devoted the fewer women especially Muslims participate in politics. This is because most women in Nassarawa who are married Muslims see the full political participation by married women as contrary to the Islamic tamest conventions and injections. Chapter two of this work is made up of the literature review, theoretical frame work. Chapter three discussed the historical background of Nassarawa local government in terms of the territory, social composition, climate, geography, population as well as history.Chapter four on the other hand analyzed the data on the political participation of women in Nassarawa local government.

This research has also found out that most women are not content with government policies as it relegates women when it comes to holding sensitive political positions such as that of state governors, commissioners, ministers and so on. To them even where women are appointed in to the cabinet they are normally deployed to places that are less prominent and important such as the ministries departments or agencies that deals with women affairs information youth sports or in some few instances the ministry of health.


5.2 Conclusion
It was observed that there are numerous impediments which hamper the effective or full participation of women in Nigeria’s polity. Indeed women particularly in Nassarawa have been deprived of their constitutional rights based on their gender.

The women of Nassarawa have been socially, politically and even in some cases economically disadvantaged due to the prevailing cultural social and religious factors. The religious and cultural factors are to some extent inter women and thus inter connected and inseparably. Ignorance and illiteracy has contributed immensely in depriving women of their rights especially in the political sphere. Nassarawa local government women are not opportune to fully take part in politics and contribute their own efforts towards the democratization of Nigeria’s nascent democracy and thus they cannot be within the corridors of power or among the members of the decision making bodes in the society or even at the community level.

This gab has worked against them and has prevent them from the expressing their feelings, interests, aspirations and expectations in policy planning and implementation. This has seriously affected the majority of women and has denied them their survival, development and participation in the process of nation building. The Nigerian women particularly in Nassarawa are viewed as simply individuals that only have the duty of taking care of the house hold and being obedient and submissive to their spouses and they are seen as people who cannot help in achieving a stable democratic egalitarian society which will gradually develop and reach its full potentials.