Women Economic Empowerment and Rural Development in Nsukka Local Government Area of Enugu, State
This study examines how women’s economic empowerment determines rural development in Nsukka, South Eastern Nigeria. Data for the study were gathered from women in the age bracket of (18 years and above) using questionnaire (n=189) and was selected through purposive sampling technique and in-depth interview (n=6) conducted in three communities in Nsukka LGA. The study adopted cross- sectional survey design. Percentages and chi-square statistics were used to describe the data. The result shows that there was a statistically significant relationship (p..000) between educational qualification and participation in rural development. The study indicated that there was a statically significant relationship (p..026) between income level of respondents and participation in rural development. Also, the result indicated that there was a statistically significant relationship (p..007) between age and participation in rural development. The study concludes by stating that women with education participate more in rural development however, it is recommended that government and relevant authorities should ensure that funding for women empowerment programs is not negotiated while women association should be encouraged to enhance their positive impacts in lives of members of their community area.