عنوان مقاله [English]
Developing identity for women, acquiring independence for them and active participation in different socio-economic affairs is an important factor in motivating of this huge human force in social production cycles. One of the most effective methods for developing personality and promoting intellectual and mental capabilities of women and therefore their active participation in group activities is involvement in cooperatives. Cooperatives can enhance women by promoting their knowledge and scientific capacities. Also they can provide an effective service through teaching the principals of cooperative development, team decision making methods and enhancing self-confidence. In this regard, this descriptive-survey-exploratory study was carried out to investigate factors affecting rural women participation in production cooperatives of southern Khorasan province. The statistical population of this research is 2491 rural women whom are members of production cooperatives. A number of 333 individuals were selected as sample through stratified sampling method and were studied. The results of correlation analysis showed that there is a significant and positive relation between socio-economic and organizational-functional factors of cooperatives and participation level of rural women. Also a negative relation was observed between women of high dependence to their husbands and their level of participation in cooperatives. The result of t test showed with 99% reliability that there is significance deference between rural women whom are the supporter of their family and those under their family’s support.