n Africa Insight - A statistical analysis of women's perceptions on politics and peace building in KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa) and Niger Delta (Nigeria)

Volume 41, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0256-2804


This article is a statistical analysis of the perception that more women in politics would enhance peace building. The data was drawn from a comparative survey of 325 women and four men (community leaders) in the regions of the Niger Delta (Nigeria) and KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa). According to the findings, the majority of respondents strongly perceive that more women in politics would enhance peace processes in their communities. However, beyond its popularity, what explanatory variables determine the predictors of respondents who are likely/unlikely to hold such an opinion? Two statistical approaches - chi-square and logistic regression analysis - were used to retest the perception and to identify the characteristics of women who would/would not hold it. Some positive predictors include marital status, education and place of interview.

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