THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF COOPERATIVE SOCIETIES TOWARDS WOMEN EMPOWERMENT(A CASE STUDY OF SELECTED PRODUCERS COOPERATIVE SOCIETIES IN OWERRI WEST L.G.A OF IMO STATE)
The contribution of cooperative societies towards women empowerment was studied with Owerri West as the case study. Data was generated by questionnaires distributed among registered cooperative societies and women in rural areas. It is a well established fact that women have participated less on national building due to less participation in politics. Cooperative have contributed by providing farm inputs to women among other empowerment roles education of women is vital towards empowering women.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Approval page ii
Table of contents vi
1.0 INTRODUCTION 1
- General Overview of the study 2
- Statement of problem 4
- Objectives of the study 4
- Research questions 5
- Significance of study 6
- Scope of the study 7
- Limitation of the study 7
- Definition of terms 8
- Literature review 10
- Introduction 10
- Concept of women empowerment 10
- The role cooperative play in empowering women 12
- Cooperative and types of cooperative 14
- The economic benefits of joining cooperative 18
- The economic status of women in Nigeria 21
- Contemporary over uses of women participation
in cooperative society. 22
- Factors militating against effective participation of women 23
- Solutions to the problems identified in women participation 27
- Research design and methodology 30
- Introduction 30
- Research design 30
- Sources of data 31
- Population and sample size 32
- Sample technique 34
- Validity and reliability of measuring instrument 35
- Method of data analysis 35
- Data presentation and analysis of data 37
- Introduction 37
- Presentation of data 37
- Analysis of data 38
- Interpretation of results 43
- Summary, conclusion and recommendations 45
- Introduction 45
- Summary of findings 45
- Conclusion 46
- Recommendations 46
The lack of data on the level of involvement of women in the economy, activities in Nigeria had made it impossible to assess the roles and contribution towards the economic growth of Nigeria.
Through women contribute over 80% of the national food supply, their economic power are still limited. They have limited access to ownership of land and housing, limited participation in nation building. Women empowerment is determined by the society and also by the societal perception.
One cannot therefore overemphasize the important role which cooperative movement can play on the lives of women in Nigeria especially in this era of food shortage and economic depression. This present study, goes on to investigate the contribution of cooperative society in the economic empowerment of women and the problem militating against the full participation of women in the cooperative society with a view of making recommendation.
1.1 GENERAL OVERVIEW OF THE STUDY
History has shown that development can occur only when every member that constitutes the society participates in its development.
Hence development should be seen as a collective responsibility of all the people that makes up the society irrespective of sex, age and class.
Though women contribute over 80% of the national food supply, their economic power are still limited. They have limited access to ownership of the land and housing, limited participation in nation building. The role of women in economic empowerment is determined by the society and also by the societal perception of the status generally.
It is certain that the cooperative society play an increasingly significant role in satisfying material, social and potential need of their rural and urban women in Nigeria.
It was as a result of the federal republic of Nigeria, National development plan policy aimed at fostering the growth of cooperative movement as an instrument for achieving increased agricultural production and rural transformation. Some of this programme such as FADAMA programme for farmers which are in farmer’s cooperative society, better life for rural women, family support programme.
Inspite of the government emphasis on the needs for Nigerians to form cooperative societies in order to achieve self sufficiency in food production, especially during this period of economic melt-down, we are yet to experience the women’s full participation in cooperative societies.
Out of a population of 140 million only 2.4% of Nigerian women are cooperators.
The present study goes on to investigate the role of cooperative society in Economic empowerment of women and the problem militating against the full participation of women in cooperative society with view of making recommendation.