Women’s Participation and Conflict Resolution.

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Kampala International University
The study's title was women participation and conflict resolution. A case study of Gombe Local Government Area, Nigeria. It was driven by these three objectives; (i)To examine the impact of women political participation in conflict resolution in Gombe state, Nigeria (ii) To evaluate the impact of women cultural participation on conflict resolution in Gombe state, Nigeria (iii) To assess the impact of women social participation on conflict resolution in Gombe state, Nigeria. The biggest danger to Nigerian democracy and unity is the widespread insecurity brought on by numerous intercommunal conflicts. Competition for access to land and other natural resources is the main cause of intercommunal conflicts in Nigeria. The Gombe local government area has seen significant economic and human loss as a result of the communal warfare that has plagued the region for over two decades. The study examined the impact of women's participation on how conflicts were settled in the Gombe local government in Nigeria. The study specifically looked at how women's participation in politics, culture, and society affected how conflicts were resolved. The research design used in this study is descriptive. Using Slovene's formula, a sample size of 399 respondents was drawn from the research population of 266,844 people. Interviews were utilized to collect data from respondents who had been specifically chosen for the study while the questionnaire was used to reach respondents who had been chosen at random to participate in the study. Additionally, the information derived from the research was created using the arranged and analyzed data that was obtained. The results showed that women's political participation had a substantial influence on how conflicts were resolved in the research area. The results also showed that women's cultural and social participation have a big impact on resolving conflicts in the Gombe Local Government region. The study draws the conclusion that women's participation in conflict resolution plays a significant role based on these findings. The report urges everyone involved to ensure women's participation in peace processes, from conflict prevention to negotiations to post-war information and reconstruction, based on its findings. Realizing women's full participation in conflict resolution has a lot of possibilities. According to the study's recommendations, the Nigerian government should coordinate, advocate for, work in conjunction with, and network with the various development partners, including both domestic and foreign intermediary NGOs for women, the private sector, and increased public/private partnerships that provide more direct and alternative forms of conflict resolution. In order to properly refocus service delivery on conflict resolution, the Nigerian government must assess the successes and difficulties encountered throughout program implementation. In order for all stakeholders at the level of women to support and implement education and health ordinances, women leaders should abide by bylaws that can significantly strengthen the existing laws. With increased use of information, education, and communication (IEC) materials like women's radios, magazines, and announcements in churches and public meetings, women leaders should have the ability to be a vital channel for two-way information collection and distribution. The study added information by demonstrating that the necessity of including women in local decision-making has not been sufficiently acknowledged. This study demonstrated the importance of women's participation in peaceful coexistence. Its significance in resolving disputes cannot be overstated. Women and girls must therefore be equipped with information resources that may be used to facilitate and improve the coordination of resolving conflicts if they are to actively participate in conflict resolution.
A Dissertation Submitted to the College of Humanities and Social Sciences in Partial Fulfilment of the Requirements for the Award of Master of Arts Degree in Human Rights and Development of Kampala International University
Women’s Participation, Conflict Resolution, Gombe Local Government Area, Nigeria