An investigation of factors affecting the rural women's empowerment in Sari Township

Type Journal Article - Technical Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Title An investigation of factors affecting the rural women's empowerment in Sari Township
Volume 3
Issue 19
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2013
Page numbers 2399-2405
The overall aim of this research was to investigate factors affecting the rural women's
empowerment in Sari Township. The statistical population included 111124 women living in the rural
areas of Sari Township. Women were selected through stratified random sampling technique. The
sample size was determined using Cochran’s formula. A sample of 293 women were taken
randomly. Research methodology applied in this study was a combination of descriptive-analytical
and quantitative methods. Also cronbach’s alpha was 0.85. The average age of women in rural areas
was 46.33 years and 86.3 percent of rural women in Sari had more than 11 years experience of
working in agriculture sector. The average family size was 4 per family and 65 percent had no
savings. Also, 57.7 percent of women spent 3 to 5 hours a day for radio and TV, 38.5 percent of
women do not read books, magazines or newspapers in a week, 37.3 percent study from 3 to 5
hours per week and 71 percent of rural women have never used the Internet. Rural women’s
empowerment is affected by different elements where 62 percent of the women's empowerment
variance in rural areas of sari is determined by six factors of communication, women's loan source,
methods and approaches, obstacles, solutions and education. Other rural women were the most
important rural women's loan source. The most useful method from the rural women's perspective
was group methods such as training workshops on processing agricultural products. The major
Obstacle to rural women's empowerment was women’s distrust to each other and the main solution
to cope was to give loans and credits to rural women.

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