DETERMINANTS OF WOMEN EMPOWERMENT IN BANGLADESH

S B Sanawar, M A Islam, S Majumder and F Misu
Journal of the Sylhet Agricultural University, Volume 3, Issue 1, 2016, Pages 81-87

Abstract:

Women empowerment is one of the most important factors to bring the women in to the development process with their full potentiality. In Bangladesh almost half of the population are women. There are many initiatives to empower women in Bangladeshi society and there is a gradual change evident in recent research. This study attempts to identify the recent status of women empowerment and its determinants using Bangladesh Demographic and Health Survey (2007) in order to provide better policy options regarding the issue. The data analysis suggest that despite the fact that almost all of the women under study are somewhat empowered but still 65.28% women are less empowered. Logistic regression analysis revealed that the rural women have higher chance to be empowered than the urban women and similar likelihood is relevant to the poorest women than the poorer women. The wives of the farmers have higher possibility of being empowered than the wives of husbands with other occupations. Astonishingly, the wives of uneducated partners have higher likelihood to be empowered than the wives of higher educated partners. The women having spousal age difference less than 6 years have higher likelihood of being empowered than their counterparts. The women having marital duration less than 5 years are more likely to be empowered than the women having marital duration of 5 years and more. The unemployed women are more empowered than the employed women which required further investigation. The research suggested some recommendations for further improvement of the women empowerment in Bangladesh.

Keywords:

Women empowerment, logistic regression, Bangladesh demographic and health survey


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S B Sanawar, M A Islam, S Majumder and F Misu. 2016. DETERMINANTS OF WOMEN EMPOWERMENT IN BANGLADESH, Journal of the Sylhet Agricultural University 3(1): 81-87.