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Empowering women : the effect of women's decision-making power on reproductive health services uptake -- evidence from Pakistan

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  • Hou, Xiaohui
  • Ma, Ning

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A large body of research has attempted to explore the links between women's autonomy and their uptake of reproductive health services in the South Asia region, but the evidence so far is inconclusive. This study uses the Pakistan Social and Living Standards Measurement Survey to examine the influence of household decision making on women's uptake of reproductive health services. The analysis finds that women's decision-making power has a significant positive correlation with reproductive health services uptake and that influential males'decision-making power has the opposite effect, after controlling for socio-economic indicators and supply-side conditions. The findings suggest that empowering women and increasing their ability to make decisions may increase their uptake of reproductive health services. They also suggest that policies directed toward improving women's utilization of maternity services must target men as well as women in Pakistan.

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  • Hou, Xiaohui & Ma, Ning, 2011. "Empowering women : the effect of women's decision-making power on reproductive health services uptake -- evidence from Pakistan," Policy Research Working Paper Series 5543, The World Bank.
  • Handle: RePEc:wbk:wbrwps:5543
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    1. World Bank, 2013. "Pakistan - Towards an Integrated National Safety Net System : Assisting Poor and Vulnerable Households, An Analysis of Pakistan's Main Cash Transfer Program," World Bank Other Operational Studies 13254, The World Bank.
    2. Shandana Dar & Uzma Afzal, 2015. "Education and Maternal Health in Pakistan: The Pathways of Influence," Lahore Journal of Economics, Department of Economics, The Lahore School of Economics, vol. 20(2), pages 1-34, July-Dec.

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    Health Monitoring&Evaluation; Population Policies; Adolescent Health; Gender and Health; Health Systems Development&Reform;

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