Women Economic Empowerment and Poverty Reduction: A Case Study of Kabale Municipality.
Unequal opportunities between women and men continue to hamper women’s ability to lift themselves from poverty and gain more options to improve their living standards. Women are economically disadvantaged: for example, culturally, they do not own any property; girls are marginalized in education whereby some parents prefer to take boys to good schools and do not like to take girls to good schools. The purpose of the study was to examine the role of women economic empowerment and poverty reduction in Kabale district. The objectives of the study were: to examine the role of women economic empowerment and poverty reduction in Kabale Municipality; (ii) to identify the challenges affecting women economic empowerment in Kabale Municipality; (iii) to suggest possible solutions to the challenges affecting women economic empowerment and poverty reduction in Kabale Municipality. The researcher adopted a cross-sectional research design for the study. The study used questionnaire and interview guide to obtain data from all officials and interviews from women groups and household heads. In all, 191 respondents were selected through purposive, and simple random sampling techniques. Data was collected by using interviewing, observation and questionnaire methods. Statistical analysis was done using Statistical Package for Social Scientists (SPSS 16.0) and Microsoft excel 2007.The study concludes that women economic empowerment has promoted self-employment, reduced gender-based violence in most families, and reduced on the level of income inequality. Women economic empowerment was found to be facing a number of challenges like low levels of income, low levels of mobilization and weak leaders. The study also concludes that there is need to reduce on interest rates and mortgage on loans for women as a solution to the challenges facing women economic empowerment in the district. There is still need to support women through sensitization meetings and workshops. The study, among other things, recommended that government should team up with the local rural banks to negotiate for low interest rate and flexible payment terms to encourage more women to acquire more loans for their businesses.
A Dissertation Report Submitted to the Directorate of Postgraduate Training in Partial Fulfilment of the Requirement for the Award of Master of Arts Degree in Project Planning and Management of Kabale University
Women Economic Empowerment , Poverty Reduction