Women’s Autonomy, Education And Contraception Use In Quetta Pakistan

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Farah Naseer , Safia Habib , Dr. Huma Zafar , BiBi Sultana , Rashid Manzoor


Decision-making regarding family planning and socio-economic status of women is momentous for economic and human development. Many decisions made at the household level influence the welfare of the individuals living in the household as well as their communities. In developing countries where specifically patriarchal system deepen women are either enjoying the combine authority under the supervision of their male or completely rely on the male partner ‘s decision on family issues that affect reproductive live. The study focuses on a woman's decision-making position regarding family planning and reproductive matters in Quetta (Baluchistan). A total number of 120 married women were selected as the respondents from three academic institutions by using simple random sampling technique and data was collected through structured questionnaire.   Result reveled that working women enjoyed a little freedom, their income plays strong role in the process of decision-making regarding family matters and due to employment, they became able to achieve a successful socio-economic status in a society (Chi-square=15.929; df=6; p=0.014), which helps them to enjoy a little independent economic life. They spend income as their husband want, their husband manages all economic affairs. Respondents felt that their decisions were considered by husband and in- laws after the (Chi-square=13.307; DF=6; p=0.038 birth of first baby especially baby boy.

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