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The English Language and Rural Women Participation in Governancedocx

By Institute Of African Studies, University Of Nigeria, Nsukka.

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There have been a lot of speculations that the English language is elitist; that rural dwellers do not participate actively in government, and that women in the rural areas do not have equal opportunity in governance with men. Different governments- nationally and internationally- have mapped out some programmes and strategies towards eliminating the divide that exists between men and women participation in governance and national development. These programs

of which MDG is one are all in recognition of the backwardness of females in self and societal development and the fact that the female gender seems to have resigned their fate to living in the shadows of men in matters that is the prerogative of both men and women. The fact that these programmes appears not to be achieving their expected goals at the intended speed has compelled the writers to look into the issues that could be a clog in the wheel of progress of the nation in achieving the MDG. After critical examination of the role of the English language in Nigeria as the lingua franca, the writers discovered that linguistic problems are the predominant of the problems affecting governance and development in Nigeria. This paper therefore, examines these linguistic matters and seeks to provide answers to the related questions: What constitutes good governance? How has the government been able to communicate with people in the rural areas? How have the people in the rural areas been able to express themselves actively in governance through the English language? What are the linguistic factors militating against the effective participation of rural women in governance? The authors also wish to provide recommendations to the possible solution to English language barriers among women participation in government in the rural areas.
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Abstract

There have been a lot of speculations that the English language is elitist; that rural dwellers do not participate actively in government, and that women in the rural areas do not have equal opportunity in governance with men. Different governments- nationally and internationally- have mapped out some programmes and strategies towards eliminating the divide that exists between men and women participation in governance and national development. These programs of which MDG is one are all in recognition of the backwardness of females in self and societal development and the fact that the female gender seems to have resigned their fate to living in the shadows of  men in matters that is the prerogative of both men and women. The fact that these programmes appears not to be achieving their  expected goals at the intended speed has compelled the writers to look into the issues that could be a clog in the wheel of progress of the nation in achieving the MDG. After critical examination of the role of the English language in Nigeria as the lingua franca, the  writers discovered that linguistic problems are the predominant of the  problems affecting governance and development in Nigeria. This paper therefore, examines these linguistic matters and seeks to provide answers to the related questions: What constitutes good governance? How has the government been able to communicate with people in the rural areas? How have the people in the rural areas been able to express themselves actively in governance through the English language? What are the linguistic factors militating against the  effective participation of rural women in governanc? The authors also wish to provide recommendations to the possible solution to English language barriers among women participatin in government in the rural areas.

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Institute Of African Studies, University Of Nigeria, Nsukka.

http://www.unn.edu.ng/academics/institute/institute-of-african-studies-2/
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