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Factors Affecting Women Representation in Public Participation on Decision-Making: A Case Study of Tharaka Nithi County in Kenya

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dc.contributor.author Kimani, Rachel Wanjiru
dc.date.accessioned 2020-07-30T13:04:08Z
dc.date.available 2020-07-30T13:04:08Z
dc.date.issued 2020
dc.identifier.uri http://erepo.usiu.ac.ke/11732/5954
dc.description A Research Project Report Submitted to the Chandaria School of Business in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirement for the Degree of Masters in Business Administration (MBA) en_US
dc.description.abstract The purpose of the study was to examine the effect of women representation in public participation on decision-making. The study was constructed on three research questions which include, what is the effect of women socioeconomic factors on decision – making at public hearings? what is the effect of women economic empowerment on decision – making at public hearings? How does women inclusion influence decision – making at public hearings? This study used a mixed method research design including, action research and exploratory design. The study population included women and men from Tharaka Nithi County. This study used purposive sampling and random sampling technique to obtain participants for the study. A total of 400 respondents were selected to participate in the study. Questionnaire were used to collect data that was analyzed through descriptive and inferential statistics. Findings on the first research question showed that there was a significant positive correlation between decision making in women in public participation and socioeconomic factors, r=0.213, p<.001. The regression analysis showed that socioeconomic factors, predicted 4.5% of decision making of women in public participation. Findings on the second research question showed that there was a significant positive correlation between decision making and women economic empowerment, r=.146, p<0.024. The regression analysis showed that women economic empowerment, predicted 2.1% of decision making of women in public participation. Findings on the third research question showed that there was a significant positive correlation between decision making and women inclusivity, r=.396, p<.000. Regression analysis showed that women inclusivity in public participation hearing, predicted 15.7% of decision making. This study concludes that socioeconomic factors, influence women participation in public decision making. This study concludes that women economic empowerment significantly contributes to women decision making in public participation. This study concludes that women inclusivity significantly affected thier decision making in public participation. This study proposes that the socioeconomic factors that affect women such as housing, education, health and employment be given priority in local government. This will enable women to come out into the public and be involved in public issues some of which affect them directly. This study recommends that the new county government should uplift the economic conditions of women at the grassroot. They should support women in their economic ventures that would empower them and drive them into public participation. This study proposes for stronger policies in the government to include more women in public activities. Women should be supported with policies that guarantees thier participation in the public en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher United States International University- Africa en_US
dc.subject Kenya en_US
dc.subject Tharaka Nithi County en_US
dc.subject Decision-Making en_US
dc.subject Public Participation en_US
dc.subject Women Representation en_US
dc.title Factors Affecting Women Representation in Public Participation on Decision-Making: A Case Study of Tharaka Nithi County in Kenya en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US


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