Patriarchy, religion and women's political participation in Kwara State, Nigeria
Ahmed, Yusuf Babatunde
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This study examines the relationship between patriarchy and religion and how they impact on women's political participation in Kwara State. The Gender and Development (GAD) approach is employed to examine the impact of social construct on women's political participation. Primary and secondary data were utilized for the study. Primary data was collected through questionnaires distributed to respondents selected from four local governments that makes up Kwara Central Senatorial District. The simple random sampling technique was employed. The study utilized both descriptive and inferential statistical analysis. The study finds that patriarchy permeates religion through the skewed interpretation of religious text (Quran and Hadith) in ways as to advance the entrenchment of male dominance in social life in the study area and by extension Kwara State. The study recommends enlightenment campaign to drive home the value of respect for the equality of women in social relations for inclusive development.
- Faculty of Humanities