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Title: Culture and women's rights to political participation in Bosaso, Somali
Authors: Ahmed, Amina Mohamoud
Keywords: Culture
Women's rights
Bosaso, Somali
Issue Date: Nov-2016
Publisher: Kampala International University.College Of Humanities and social science
Abstract: The research study was on culture and women's rights to political participation in Bosaso, Somalia,was guided by the following research objective; (1) To assess the engagement of women's political paiticipation in Bosaso, Somalia .. (2) To assess the effect of early maiTiage, boy preference ai1d clan based politics as dominant cultural nonns in Somalia on women's rights to political participation in Bosaso Somalia (3) To find out the relationship between the culture and Women's rights to Political Pm·ticipation in Bosaso, Somalia. This study employed descriptive survey design specifically the descriptive comparative and descriptive co-relational strategies. The study findings revealed that clan based politics is still a highly practiced culture in Bosaso, Somalia. This is because Women are not allowed to participate in politics as established by clan leaders. Fmthennore, the study revealed that early marriage is a highly practiced culture in Somalia. This is ath·ibuted to the fact that there is still a persistent high level of poverty among the local communities hence early marriage is seen as a source of income from dowries. in conclusion, the study estatlished a high level of cultural practices that hinder women's pmticipation in politics. There was also a significm1t relationship between culture and women's level of political pmticipation. Cultural practices such as clan based politics, early maniage and boy child preference were also found to be highly practiced in Somalia hence marginalizing women in a political representation since they are considered inferior. The researcher recommends that Constitutional measures to uphold the rights of women and girls, such as equality, non-discrimination and protection from violence, m·e critical m1d cm1 shape the response of governments to eliminating clm1 based politics. Examples applicable to clan based politics include: "women's protection from harmful practices"; prohibition of customs or traditions that are "against the dignity, welfare or interest of women or which undermine their status", and abolition of "traditional practices" injmious to people's health m1d well-being. Such constitutional protections can provide guidance for drafting laws m1d policies and for implementing them. They cm1 also require the revision or abolition of laws m1d policies that are not compatible with these principles
Description: Thesis report presented to the School of Postgraduate Studies and Research Kampala International University Kampala, Uganda in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Degree of Master of Human Rights and Development
Appears in Collections:Masters of Human Rights and Development

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