This study investigate the inadequate portable water and sanitation in Ekiti State in relation to women’s empowerment as vital to maintenance and sustainability of these essential human needs.
The data for the study was collected using quantitative and qualitative methods.
3 senatorial districts were purposely selected, 3 communities from each senatorial district were randomly selected, 9 communities were selected altogether while 60 respondents were selected from each community using simple random sampling.
A total of 540 respondents were selected for the interview.
Questionnaire focuses on socio-demographic status of women, participation in decision-making in their communities, distance of water and sanitation facilities to place of residence,hours spent in fetching water, type of water and sanitation facilities available and those responsible for fetching water.
The findings revealed that there is inadequate portable water supply and sanitation facilities, women are not empowered to play major roles in decision making that can enhance the sustainability of water and sanitation, neither are they economically independent to combat water and sanitation diseases.
Open defecation is frequently an available option especially during dry season in both alarming and affect other activities.
The result is expected to contribute to policy making in regard to wmen empowerment and the need to elevate women’s burden in the household.
It will be an eye opener to the menace of water and sanitation facilities in the state.
|Keywords:||Nigeria, Women’s Empowerment, Sustainablaity, Sanitation, Portable Water|
Assistant Lecturer, Department of Sociology., University of Ado-Ekiti, Ado - Ekiti, Ekiti State, Nigeria
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