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Abstract

Despite the important role that women generally play in development processes, they are disproportionally underrepresented in politics and leadership positions compared to men, as exemplified in the case of Nigeria. Using the Afrobarometer data of 2015, this study seeks to examine the socio-economic factors that predict women’s political participation in Nigeria. The study shows that education, religion, place of residence, party affiliation, and geo-political zone predict political participation. Based on the beta values generated from the multivariate linear regression analysis, post-secondary education, South-Eastern geo-political zone, and party affiliation are the most significant predictors of women’s political participation. The study particularly points to the impact of education, and the encouragement of women to become affiliated with political parties to make more influence in the Nigerian polity.

Note on the Author

Emeka Eugene Dim is a Master’s (Thesis) student at the University of Saskatchewan. His research generally focuses on political particiaption in Africa, gender studies, intimate partner violence, family sociology, and metholodogy.

Joseph Yaw Asomah is a PhD candidate at the University of Saskatchewan. His research interests generally focuses on democratic governance and accountability, social justice, white collar and corporate crime, anti-corruption movements, and policing.

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