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Title :

Healthcare Service and Political Participation: Catalyst for Poverty Reduction among Women in Nigeria

Authors :

I. O. Abdussalam

Women are much more neglected in Nigerian politics as compared with their counterpart men, which makes the former remain socio-politically poor. This research is specifically investigated the impact of healthcare service and political participation on poverty reduction among the women in Nigerian society. The study employs mixed method that is both quantitative and qualitative. Questionnaire and interview supported with relevant documents are the instrument used for data collection. 360 respondents were chosen, which includes 200 participants and 160non-participants in the Women Empowerment Strategy (WES) Programme in Kwara State, Nigeria, using Stratified Sampling Technique. Hierarchical Multiple Regression is mostly used to analyze the data. After entry of the TotalHS scale and TotalPP scale at Step 2, the total variance explained by the model as a whole was 15%, F (4, 355) = 15.49, p? .001. Findings reveal that healthcare service is statistically significantly impacted on poverty reduction while women political participation is not statistically significantly impacted on poverty reduction. It is recommended to the government to make politics free to all as well as all threat-free to the poor particularly, the women. In conclusion, policy implication is drawn by the study.