Exploring Gender Socialization on African Political System and Women's Participation

  • Andrew Enaifoghe University of Zululand, KwaDlangezwa, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa


This study explored the role of gender plays and the participation impacts of women on African politics, the religion and socio-cultural factors responsible for the underrepresentation of women through socialization in Africa. Obviously, past research has demonstrated that fundamentalist religious beliefs and affiliations are related to preservationist gender demeanours or attitude. This idea not only impacts gender gaps in political participation in cross-national examinations by belligerence that women's portrayal ought to be measured in an unexpected way or differently. Utilizing Fundamentalism and Modernization Theories, this paper shows that long haul impacts of women's representation are more indispensable than short-term measures in understanding gender gap in a mixture of political exercises. The timeframe since women have accessed the political framework discloses the gender gap to a more noteworthy degree than the presence of women in the governing body and cabinet at one point in time. Findings demonstrate that the suppositions of earlier work on women representation and political conduct or attitude may stretch out beyond Africa it also finds that gender grouping has in many ways impacted the low participation of women in African political system through socialization. At last, this study shows that the kind of political exercises matter and the implementation of policies that encourage give women level play ground to participate in politics while breaking down the impact of gender socialization as of the factors for women's representation in legislative issues crosswise over Africa. A qualitative approach was used in this study alongside with empirical investigation.


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ENAIFOGHE, Andrew. Exploring Gender Socialization on African Political System and Women's Participation. Journal of Social and Development Sciences, [S.l.], v. 9, n. 4, p. 14-25, jan. 2019. ISSN 2221-1152. Available at: <https://ifrnd.org/journal/index.php/jsds/article/view/2687>. Date accessed: 23 mar. 2019. doi: https://doi.org/10.22610/jsds.v9i4(S).2687.
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