FACTORS AFFECTING WOMEN LEADERSHIP IN HOUSING DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS: A CASE STUDY OF MACHAKOS COUNTY GOVERNMENT, KENYA
KIOKO, RICHARD MWENDWA
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The purpose of this study was to investigate factors affecting women leadership in housing development projects in Machakos county government. This study was designed to fulfill four objectives: influence of cultural practices, influence of training and literacy, impact of legal and policy framework, and effects of networking on the leadership of housing development projects. The study adopted a descriptive survey targeting a population of 80 women leaders in Machakos county. The study selected a sample of 80 women through census given the small size of the population. The study used a structured questionnaire as the main tool of data collection. The study carried out the validity of research instruments through a supervisor review to ensure clarity in the language in order to capture the relevant data. In ensuring reliability in the research instrument, the study carried out a pilot study in Kangundo location. The study adopted a descriptive statistic to analyze the data, especially the use of frequency tables and percentages. The study findings revealed that women leadership in housing development projects in Machakos County government were influenced by cultural practices, literacy and training, legal and policy framework, and networking. The majority agreed that there was a need to sensitize both men and women on the importance of embracing realistic cultural practices that recognize all persons' equality. The study also recommended that women were to join training programs and institutions so that they can set a precedent for others to follow. Full implementation of the legal and policy framework that had been put in place to empower women in all development sectors, transparency, and meritocracy was also the only criterion used when making appointments and promotions in private and public areas.