Appraisal of rural women participation in household and community decision making in Ijebu east local government area of Ogun State

  • CI Sodiya Department of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development, University of Agriculture P.M.B. 2240, Abeokuta
  • CO Adamu


The aim of the study was to identify and appraise the participation of women in household and community decision-making and its implications for their empowerment. Test samples were selected through a multi–stage random sampling technique. A total of ninety respondents were chosen from the five sampled wards, and ten communities from the study area. Data were collected through a structured interview schedule and analyzed by descriptive and inferential statistics. The results show that, about 30% of the respondents were between the ages of (31-40) years. Majority (77.7%) was married and half of them (54.4%) had no formal education. The findings also reveals that, (78.9%) of the women take active part in making decisions at their various households while (76.67%) take part in community decision-making. The respondents were grouped into three, based on their participatory scores as; low (33.3%), average (61.1%) and high (5.6%). Chi Square analyses indicated that, marital status (χ2 = 2.54, p < 0.05) and educational level (χ2 = 4. 32, p < 0.05) were significantly related to the rural women\'s participation in community decision-making, while the coefficient of determination showed that, income (r=0.68, p < 0.05) was significantly related to the rural women\'s participation in community decision-making. It is recommended that, rural women should be empowered through education and training. They should also be allowed to participate in vocational training programmes that will increase their income level.

Keywords: Appraisal, rural women, participation, household, community and decision-making.

Bowen Journal of Agriculture Vol. 5 (1&2) 2008: pp. 32-40

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