Volume 1, Issue 2, October 2016, Page: 33-43
Political Participation of Rural Women in Decision-Making at the Local Government Level in Zimbabwe
Jeffrey Kurebwa, Department of Peace and Governance, Bindura University of Science Education, Bindura, Zimbabwe
Received: Aug. 27, 2016;       Accepted: Sep. 8, 2016;       Published: Sep. 22, 2016
DOI: 10.11648/j.ijecs.20160102.12      View  4161      Downloads  155
Abstract
The participation of women in local governance can be enhanced in all three essential areas: as voters, policy-makers and as members of decision-making bodies. There is need for policies that involve empowering local authorities and communities to develop strategies that combine the empowerment of communities and rural women. In order to be able to identify the needs of the community and to best promote social and economic development, local authorities need the input of their constituents to be able to best identify those areas that need addressing. Local authorities must encourage the involvement of the community and community organisations in local governance. The representation and participation of women in local governance is directly linked to the advancement of women and is a basic requirement in the journey towards gender equality. To ensure that the decisions that affect women’s lives are taken seriously, women should not be passive bystanders in their own development but should be proactively involved to ensure that the socio-economic patterns that marginalise and keep them dependent are changed.
Keywords
Participation, Local Authorities, Decision-making, Rural Women, Local Governance, Gender Inequality
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Jeffrey Kurebwa, Political Participation of Rural Women in Decision-Making at the Local Government Level in Zimbabwe, International Journal of Education, Culture and Society. Vol. 1, No. 2, 2016, pp. 33-43. doi: 10.11648/j.ijecs.20160102.12
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