Women Education and Political Participation in the South West Region of Cameroon: An Empirical Analysis

Kinge Ruth Fanny, Adepoju Oluwasanumi A.

Abstract


The paper empirically examined the relationship between education level and political participation of women of the South West region of Cameroon. The indices of political participation include the following: membership of political party, voting in elections, occupation of political post, means of occupation of political post and level of occupation of political post. Multistage cluster sampling technique was used to select the sample population of the study. A total of 222 women constituted the sampled population for the study. Data for the study was collected using structured questionnaire. Data analysis was done using descriptive and inferential statistical tools. The results revealed that women of the South West region of Cameroon are fairly well exposed to formal education as only 4.1% of the sampled population had no formal education. The study revealed that the higher the level of women’s formal education, the more their tendency to participate in politics in areas of voting in elections and occupation of political post either through elections or appointments at all levels of government.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5539/par.v3n2p144

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