Obstacles to Women Representation and Participation in Local Governance: A Case Study of Sissala East District of Ghana

Shani Osman, Bukari B. Abdulai


The study set out to investigate the obstacles to participation of women in local governance in the Sissala East District of Ghana. It covered 56 respondents made up of 11 assembly members, 30 Unit Committee members, six women group leaders, three female candidates in the 2015 District Level Election and six Non-Governmental Organization gender desk officers. Purposive and simple random sampling techniques were employed to select the respondents.  The main instrument used to gather data was semi-structured questionnaire using interview approach. The study showed that women’s participation in local governance was low as evident by the low representation of women in local governance. The factors that contributed to low women participation included cultural and male prejudices against women, low economic empowerment of women, the low self-confidence of women, low educational levels and excessive marital obligations. The study, therefore, recommended that civic education, economic empowerment, and leadership training should be embarked upon to improve women’s participation in local governance in the district.

Key words: Local governance, District assembly, women participation, obstacles.

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