Nurturing Prospective Female Politicians in Local Governance and Community Development
Keywords:Assemblywomen, community development, local government, responsibility
AbstractThere are efforts to increase the number of assemblywomen in decision-making positions in the district assemblies. Ghanaian women’s contributions in public spaces to enhance development at the grassroots ensure their participation in local government administration. Although there is a negative perception of female politicians, assemblywomen encourage other women to engage in local politics. Their efforts are to nurture other women, build their interest in local politics, improve their political participation and develop communities. This study sought to explore the various activities that complement those endeavors. The study adopted the qualitative approach to study four regions in Ghana sampled based on their diverse nature and noticeable female representativeness in district assemblies. Thirty assemblywomen were purposefully selected for in-depth interviews. The results show that their responsibilities gained other women’s support where they could liaise to build their community. This mentee/mentorship initiative would enhance women’s chances in local government administration. The implication is that once a woman steps out from her private home to contribute to public space, community members recognize her, precipitating the support to engage in local government administration.
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