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Education and Reproductive Autonomy: The Case of Married Nigerian Women
JournalArticle (Originalarbeit in einer wissenschaftlichen Zeitschrift)
ID 4112852
Author(s) Princewill, Chitu Womehoma; De Clercq, Eva; Riecher-Rössler, Anita; Jegede, Ayodele Samuel; Wangmo, Tenzin; Elger, Bernice S.
Author(s) at UniBasel De Clercq, Eva
Wangmo, Tenzin
Elger, Bernice Simone
Riecher-Rössler, Anita
Year 2017
Title Education and Reproductive Autonomy: The Case of Married Nigerian Women
Journal Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics
Volume 7
Number 3
Pages / Article-Number 231-244
Mesh terms Adult; Culture; Decision Making; Developing Countries; Educational Status; Family Characteristics; Female; Health Education; Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice; Health Services Accessibility; Humans; Male; Marriage; Middle Aged; Nigeria; Personal Autonomy; Power (Psychology); Pregnancy; Reproduction; Socioeconomic Factors; Surveys and Questionnaires; Women's Rights; Young Adult
Abstract In this article, we examine the influence of education on the exercise of married women’s reproductive autonomy. We carried out 34 in-depth interviews (IDIs) with purposively sampled married Ikwerre women in Rivers State, Nigeria. The participants were between the ages of 22 and 60, had different educational backgrounds, and were in monogamous and polygynous marriages. Data were analyzed using MAXQDA 11 software. We found that although formal education enhanced women’s ability to exercise reproductive autonomy, the culture of demanding absolute respect for men remains a major barrier. Formal education provides women with the knowledge that they need in order to access adequate health services for themselves and their children. Par-ticipants also believed that educating men was critical for the exercise of women’s reproductive autonomy. The cultural aspects that promote female subordination and patriarchy should be addressed more openly in Nigeria.
Publisher Johns Hopkins University Press
ISSN/ISBN 2157-1740 ; 2157-1732
Full Text on edoc No
Digital Object Identifier DOI 10.1353/nib.2017.0071
PubMed ID
ISI-Number MEDLINE:29249717
Document type (ISI) Journal Article

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