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Pakistan Journal of Social Sciences
Year: 2008  |  Volume: 5  |  Issue: 9  |  Page No.: 883 - 888

Women’s Empowerment and Reproductive Health: Experience from Chapai Nawabganj District in Bangladesh

Mosiur Rahman, Sumaiya Abedin, Kamruzzaman and Nurul Islam    

Abstract: This study investigate, the various issues of empowerment and reproductive behavior of married women such as health status, decision making of reproductive behavior etc in some selected areas of Chapai Nawabganj district, using the information from 500 ever married women within the reproductive span (15-49 years). Findings reveal that women are found less concerned and deprived to take decision about their own health as well as their child health. The data shows that 55.0% women received antenatal care during their last pregnancy but only 4.5% has participated in decision making about their antenatal care. At postnatal period, 51.65 and 58.78% women took treatment for themselves and their child, respectively but only 5.14%s has participated in decision making about their postnatal care. The logistic analysis shows that respondentís current age, education, occupation, husbandís education, per capita yearly income, assistance during delivery and decision for household affairs are mostly associated with antenatal caster seeking behavior of married women.

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