Women’s Participation in Local Government: An Assessment of Enhancers and Inhibitors in the Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abirem Municipality

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Raymond Kwasi Boasinke


The participation of women in local government is one of the burning governance issues in the world today. Such participation is expected to serve as a springboard to propel women to participate at the national level. However, an analysis of women’s participation in local government reveals that women are grossly underrepresented. This study assessed the factors that enhance and inhibit women’s participation in local government as elected representatives in the Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abirem Municipality of the Central Region of Ghana. The qualitative approach was used to conduct in-depth interviews using a census of all the elected past and present assembly members in the Municipality. The study revealed that women's participation at the household level, training and education by Non-Governmental Organizations, and cordial working relationship with male colleagues in local government were the main enhancers of women's participation in local government. The inhibiting factors revealed by the study included financial constraints, unreasonably high expectations, and the non-cooperative attitudes of community members. It is recommended that women and girls be made an integral part of household decision-making. Women who contest local elections should be supported financially. The NGOs that ran programs to empower women to participate in local government should be encouraged and supported.


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Raymond Kwasi Boasinke. (2021). Women’s Participation in Local Government: An Assessment of Enhancers and Inhibitors in the Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abirem Municipality. PanAfrican Journal of Governance and Development (PJGD), 2(2), 146-169. https://doi.org/10.46404/panjogov.v2i2.3234
Author Biography

Raymond Kwasi Boasinke, University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast, Ghana.

Raymond Kwasi Boasinke is a Ph.D. candidate at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Sociology and a Master’s degree in Sociology from the University of Cape Coast in Ghana. He is currently a Teaching Associate at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Cape Coast, Ghana. He is a member of the Senior Staff Association of Ghana and the Ghana Sociological and Anthropological Association. His research areas are community development, gender, local governance, and livelihoods. He helps with teaching and research at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Cape.


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