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Constraints to participation in the management of cooperative societies: insights for women in Awka community

Constraints to participation in the management of cooperative societies: insights for women in... The purpose of this paper is to explore women’s participation in cooperative societies and the constraints in attaining management positions. Despite the importance of gender equality as a tool for national economic growth gaining prominent attention, women’s access to leadership and decision-making in cooperative societies remains under-researched.Design/methodology/approachThis study hinges on management and gender theories and systematic literature reviews. This study used a descriptive survey research design for primary data derived from a purposive non-random sampling technique that selected seven (7) active cooperative societies in Awka-South Local Government Area of Anambra State. Structured questionnaires were administered to the selected sample of 129 members. The hypotheses were analyzed using the T-test statistical model.FindingsThis study revealed that social, legal, economic and cultural constraints affected women’s participation in cooperative societies in Awka, Anambra State. Also, that the African-based culture and family traditions, patriarchal societal system, household responsibilities and homemaker roles, religious associations, certain strict cooperative entry requirements, limitation on women’s access to resources and low paid wages and non-participatory training activities constrained the women. Therefore, the authors recommended that cooperatives should institute measures to encourage an increase in women members’ participation at the committee level and build their capacity own economic resources.Originality/valueThis paper focuses on barriers that inhibit women’s participation in cooperative societies with a particular focus on their opportunities and outcomes. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Enterprising Communities People and Places in the Global Economy Emerald Publishing

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
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© Emerald Publishing Limited
ISSN
1750-6204
DOI
10.1108/jec-08-2020-0146
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Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to explore women’s participation in cooperative societies and the constraints in attaining management positions. Despite the importance of gender equality as a tool for national economic growth gaining prominent attention, women’s access to leadership and decision-making in cooperative societies remains under-researched.Design/methodology/approachThis study hinges on management and gender theories and systematic literature reviews. This study used a descriptive survey research design for primary data derived from a purposive non-random sampling technique that selected seven (7) active cooperative societies in Awka-South Local Government Area of Anambra State. Structured questionnaires were administered to the selected sample of 129 members. The hypotheses were analyzed using the T-test statistical model.FindingsThis study revealed that social, legal, economic and cultural constraints affected women’s participation in cooperative societies in Awka, Anambra State. Also, that the African-based culture and family traditions, patriarchal societal system, household responsibilities and homemaker roles, religious associations, certain strict cooperative entry requirements, limitation on women’s access to resources and low paid wages and non-participatory training activities constrained the women. Therefore, the authors recommended that cooperatives should institute measures to encourage an increase in women members’ participation at the committee level and build their capacity own economic resources.Originality/valueThis paper focuses on barriers that inhibit women’s participation in cooperative societies with a particular focus on their opportunities and outcomes.

Journal

Journal of Enterprising Communities People and Places in the Global EconomyEmerald Publishing

Published: Jul 27, 2021

Keywords: Constraints; Cooperative societies; Decision-making; Leadership; Management; Women participation; Social support; Self-esteem; Spiritual intelligence; Conscientiousness; Career adaptability; Fresh graduates

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