n Journal of Emerging Trends in Economics and Management Sciences - Rural women and sustainable development : unlocking capacity building for poverty alleviation in Ohaji/Egbema local government area in Imo state

Volume 6, Issue 7
  • ISSN : 2141-7024
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This study looked at ways of unlocking the capacity of rural woman for poverty alleviation. The study was carried out in Ohaji/Egbma Local Government Area, Imo State which is made up of 16 autonomous communities and 131 villages. Eight out of 33 villages in the four autonomous communities randomly selected constitute the sample frame. The study drew a sample of 180 rural women which were selected through a multistage sampling technique and the data obtained through questionnaire. Interviews were conducted on women organizations engaged in community development initiatives. For the data analysis, descriptive statistics were used. The results of the findings include among others; that rural women lack a balanced knowledge of what sustainable development stood for. Recommendations include among others; the promotion of entrepreneurship among rural women; the capacity of women in Ohaji/Egbema area be built in functional areas such as empowerment in literacy areas, economic empowerment(financial freedom, marketing and production capabilities), environmental management, empowerment in democratic participation, access to justice and legal rights and managerial skills at all levels.

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