|Journal Research in Peace, Gender and Development (JRPGD) Vol. 4(4) pp. 55-62, July, 2014 . DOI: http:/dx.doi.org/10.14303/jrpgd.2013.113. Copyright © 2014 International Research Journals
Women and politics of marginalisation in Niger-Delta area of Nigeria
Samuel Chukwudi Agunyai*, Temitayo Isaac Odeyemi and Kayode Wakili Olawoyin
Department of Political Science, ObafemiAwolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria
*Corresponding Author email: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com, Tel: +2348060917811
Received October 19, 2014; Accepted November 18, 2014
There is a common saying that behind every successful man is a woman. Indeed, within the soul of a nation are women gladiators whose efforts contributed in no small measure to the shaping of the political system. Niger-Delta remains a largely underdeveloped part of Nigeria, yet, it is the source of the nation’s wealth. The hazards of oil exploration activities in the area hamper the traditional occupation of the people in the region. While the womenfolk engage in farming, their male counterparts are largely anglers. Women face onerous task of coping with the home front as well as providing food as farmers. In spite of this, women suffer from marginalization in the political schemes. Most often, they are excluded from the political activities. This paper investigates the extent of women’s marginalisation in political activities in the Niger-Delta region of Nigeria. It notes the increasing trend of relegating women in the area to the background in representing their people politically in spite of the decades of struggle for gender equity and empowerment. Using qualitative interview and document analysis, the paper discovers that a large portion of Niger-Delta women are farmers, traders, and uneducated majority of who suffer from the cultural, religious and traditional restraints from politics. The paper concludes that the need to educate and empower women to know their rights, which are potential sources of economic, social, and political power, cannot be over emphasized.
Keywords: Women, politics, marginalisation, decision-making, Niger-Delta.
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