Challenges and Opportunities of Women Political Participation in Ethiopia
Lecturer, Department of Civics and Ethical Studies, Arbaminch University, Ethiopia
- *Corresponding Author:
- Shimelis Kassa
Lecturer, Department of Civics and Ethical Studies
Arbaminch University, Ethiopia
E-mail: [email protected]
Received September 07, 2015; Accepted October 19, 2015; Published October 26, 2015
Citation:Kassa S (2015) Challenges and Opportunities of Women Political Participation in Ethiopia. J Glob Econ 3:162. doi:10.4172/2375-4389.1000162
Copyright:© 2015 Kassa S. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Women’s political participation has been recognized internationally as an important measure of the status of women in any particular country. Hence, in recent years, women’s participation in politics and decision-making has received significant attention across the world. However, women remain seriously underrepresented in decision-making positions. The central objective of this study is to examine challenges and opportunities of women political participation in Ethiopia. To this end qualitative research methodology was employed. Data was collected from secondary sources mainly from published journal article, books and report of government and non-government organization. The finding of the study shows that different casual factors such as; economic, religious, social and cultural factors contributed to women’s poor political participation in the country. The study further revealed that political participation allow women to address their basic problems and needs in their community and ensures the openness, real fight against rent-seeking, accountability, political commitment, political leadership, and political responsiveness of the existing national, regional, districts, and local levels. It is true that more than half percent of the world’s population are women. But, they lack access to political decision making as compared to their counter parts at all levels of government. So that women’s equal participation in decision-making and politics is not only a demand for simple justice or democracy, but a necessary pre-condition for women’s interests to be taken into account.