Women’s Empowerment in Household Decision-making among the Poor and Non-poor in Nepal

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  • Rita Devi Karki Ratna Rajyalaxmi Campus, Tribhuvan University, Nepal
  • Naba Raj Thapa Ratna Rajyalaxmi Campus, Tribhuvan University, Nepal

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3126/hssj.v13i1.44563

Keywords:

empowerment, household decision-making, poor, non-poor

Abstract

Women empowerment is taken as one of the major agenda for the twenty-first century in national and international development issues. The primary objective of this study is to examine the factors associated with women empowerment in household decision-making among poor and non-poor women in Nepal. This study uses data from the 2016 Nepal Demographic and Health Survey. The analytic sample size of this study is 9575 currently married women aged 15-49. Bivariate and multivariate logistic regression was used to examine the effect of demographic and socio-economic variables on women empowerment in household decision-making. The analysis of the result showed there is a significantly high variation between empowerment status and demographic and socio-economic background among the poor and non-poor. Women who have more children, older age, working women, and residing in urban areas were significant association and more likely to empower in household decision-making than having no children, young age and not working women among both poor and non-poor household wealth. However, women have significantly more decision-making power among non-educated women to compare with educated among poor; it is a quite inverse result among non-poor. Thus, this study suggests that it needs to identify and explore the pertinent issues with genuine reasons of the gap to be empowered in a variety of groups of population in Nepal.

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Author Biographies

Rita Devi Karki, Ratna Rajyalaxmi Campus, Tribhuvan University, Nepal

Lecturer, Department of Population Studies

Naba Raj Thapa, Ratna Rajyalaxmi Campus, Tribhuvan University, Nepal

Associate Professor, Department of Population Studies

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Published

2021-08-01

How to Cite

Karki, R. D., & Thapa, N. R. (2021). Women’s Empowerment in Household Decision-making among the Poor and Non-poor in Nepal. Humanities and Social Sciences Journal, 13(1), 187–200. https://doi.org/10.3126/hssj.v13i1.44563

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