European Journal of Gender Studies <p>European Journal of Gender Studies is an open access journal hosted by AJPO Journals USA LLC. The aim of the journal is to advance knowledge about Women, Gender and Sexuality. This is a field that is devoted to shed light into the aspect regarding women, feminism, gender, and politics. It helps in challenging the androcentric production of knowledge that is the privileging of male- and masculine-centered ways. Thus, the journal offers a platform for feminist scholars (including biologists, anthropologists, sociologists, historians, chemists, engineers, economists and young upcoming activists from every corner of the globe to articulate and air their research views concerning gender identity and gender recognition in various contexts. Its indexed in google scholar, Crossref (DOI), Ebscohost, Research Gate among others.</p> en-US (Journal Admin) (Chief Editor) Thu, 04 Feb 2021 12:34:50 +0300 OJS 60 CONTRIBUTION OF RURAL WOMEN EDUCATION LEVELS TO FOOD SECURITY IN LIKUYANI SUB COUNTY, KAKAMEGA COUNTY, KENYA <p><strong>Purpose:</strong> Rural women play an essential role in the four pillars related to food security: availability, accessibility, utilization and stability. However, there is a gender gap in access to resources such as: land, energy, technology, credit, pesticides and fertilizers. The overall objective of this study was to evaluate the contribution of rural women education levels to food security in Likuyani sub county, Kakamega County, Kenya.</p> <p><strong>Methodology:</strong> This study was carried out in Kakamega County, Likuyani sub-county. This study used cross-cultural research design. The study population consisted of 30,685 respondents. The study sampled 395 using simple respondents using random sampling. Data was collected using structured questionnaires and focused group discussion guides. Content validity was tested by experts while reliability was tested at 0.7. Data was analysed using both descriptive and inferential statistics using SPSS version 24 and presented using APA tables.</p> <p><strong>Findings:</strong> The research hypothesis posited H<sub>1</sub>: the level of education of rural women has no significant influence on food security in Likuyani sub-county was rejected using both r and R<sup>2</sup>. From the results, the level of education of rural women had significant positive effect on food security. Therefore, the hypothesis was rejected. In general, it was revealed that educational empowerment of rural women had largest unique significant contribution to the model.</p> <p><strong>Recommendations:</strong> The researcher recommends that Government and other stakeholders should endeavor to put in place deliberate measures to empower women and girls especially on agriculture as a livelihood to foster food security through Women empowerment projects like women fund. Health organizations should sensitize women on the importance of family planning since larger families put a strain on the available resources. Women should be empowered to have access and control and even ownership of factors of production in partnership with men to enhance their efforts towards household food production and security.</p> Edwin Rydon Chebuche, Prof. Jacob Wakhungu Copyright (c) 2021 European Journal of Gender Studies Thu, 04 Feb 2021 00:00:00 +0300 SOCIAL CULTURAL PRACTICES AFFECTING THE LEVEL OF WOMEN’S PARTICIPATION IN SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT: A CASE OF TURKANA CENTRAL SUB-COUNTY, TURKANA COUNTY, KENYA <p><strong>Purpose:</strong> Women's participation in development is considered essential because it helps to achieve social justice and tackle poverty globally. However, women’s level of participation is still facing challenges and difficulties, especially in Africa. For instance, in Turkana County in Kenya, the status of women's success remains limited despite laudable efforts to promote their status in society. This is attributable to cultural factors, which often make women sidelined in productive and economic activities. Therefore, this study aimed to assess the effects of social-cultural practices on the level of women's participation in development.</p> <p><strong>Methodology:</strong> Liberal feminist theory that believes gender inequality is produced by reduced access for women and girls to civil rights and the allocation of social resources such as education and employment was used to guide the study. A descriptive survey research design was employed in the study to blend the quantitative and qualitative research approaches and for holistic investigation of the study problem. The study was a survey of the 31 women self-help groups in Turkana Central Sub-County and the elected women political leaders. The leaders of the women self-help organizations were randomly selected and women political leaders were purposively selected, where 98 study participants constituted a study sample. Questionnaires were used for data collection. Data analysis was done using both descriptive (frequencies, means, percentages, and standard deviations) and inferential statistical methods (regression analysis and Analysis of Variance- ANOVA).</p> <p><strong>Findings:</strong> The study established that 62.9% of the respondents agreed that gender disparity affected women's participation in development. This implied that socio-cultural practices such as early marriages, polygamy, womens’ restrictions on owning land, marital status, and gender roles hindered women from participating in development.</p> <p><strong>Recommendations:</strong> The study recommends that government and privately-owned organizations collaborate with the Turkana Community leadership and development groups to create sensitization and awareness of the importance of women's participation in development activities. The study further recommended that the Turkana community needs to abandon some beliefs that hinder women from participating in development and embrace new paradigm shifts and good practices for their social mobilization and participation in issues of socioeconomic wellbeing.</p> Josephat Eyanae Lotwel, Dr. Henry Ongori, Dr. Miriti Gervasio Copyright (c) 2021 European Journal of Gender Studies Fri, 12 Nov 2021 00:00:00 +0300