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The Nexus Between Good Governance and Gender Equality as a Human Right in Africa: A Correlation Statistical Analysis

Abdul Karim Bangura, Alice K. Thomas


After discovering that only a small number of works, all of which employ the case study approach, have investigated a possible connection between governance and gender equality as a human right in Africa, and that these studies provide no definitive connection between the two concepts or variables, we decided to fill this gap in the literature. Thus, the hypothesis of this paper is that the greater the good governance, the greater gender equality will be in Africa. Employing the correlation statistical technique to analyze the available data collected for both variables, the results suggest that the hypothesis is tenable. It is suggested, therefore, that the road towards gender equality in Africa depends greatly on the willingness on the part of the public administrators to remain open to women and to acknowledge the virtues of consultation and consensus that include female voices. A modern state will only become and remain democratic if there are strong, inherent systems that make room for all voices. African civil societies, governments, outside donors and international organizations all play a significant role in Africa and must work together towards advancing gender equality across the continent.

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Published by the University of Florida Press on behalf of the Association of Global South Studies.