Women’s Education, Empowerment, and Contraceptive Use in Sub-Saharan Africa: Findings from Recent Demographic and Health Surveys

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T1 - Women’s Education, Empowerment, and Contraceptive Use in Sub-Saharan Africa: Findings from Recent Demographic and Health Surveys

AU - Stanfors, Maria

AU - Larsson, Cecilia

PY - 2014

Y1 - 2014

N2 - Fertility remains higher and contraceptive levels are substantially lower in Sub-Saharan Africa than elsewhere in the developing world. In this paper we use information on individuals and couples provided in recent Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS, fifth wave) undertaken in Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, and Zambia. We use bivariate and multivariate techniques to examine the determinants of contraceptive use among married women (aged 15-49), focusing on the impacts of women’s education and empowerment. Our results show that education was an important determinant of contraceptive use, but mattered less in choice of method effectiveness. The impact of education was similar in all the countries studied with the exception of Kenya, where it was non-existent. Empowerment was less important in determining contraceptive use. Efforts to increase contraceptive use in general and the use of modern methods more specifically need to focus on providing basic education for all women and on changing gender roles.

AB - Fertility remains higher and contraceptive levels are substantially lower in Sub-Saharan Africa than elsewhere in the developing world. In this paper we use information on individuals and couples provided in recent Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS, fifth wave) undertaken in Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, and Zambia. We use bivariate and multivariate techniques to examine the determinants of contraceptive use among married women (aged 15-49), focusing on the impacts of women’s education and empowerment. Our results show that education was an important determinant of contraceptive use, but mattered less in choice of method effectiveness. The impact of education was similar in all the countries studied with the exception of Kenya, where it was non-existent. Empowerment was less important in determining contraceptive use. Efforts to increase contraceptive use in general and the use of modern methods more specifically need to focus on providing basic education for all women and on changing gender roles.

KW - Education

KW - empowerment

KW - contraceptive use

KW - logit regression

KW - Sub-Saharan Africa

U2 - 10.11564/28-0-554

DO - 10.11564/28-0-554

M3 - Article

VL - 28

SP - 1022

EP - 1034

JO - Etude de la Population Africaine

JF - Etude de la Population Africaine

SN - 2308-7854

IS - 2

ER -