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Women's Position and Family Planning in Egypt

Pavalavalli Govindasamy and Anju Malhotra
Studies in Family Planning
Vol. 27, No. 6 (Nov. - Dec., 1996), pp. 328-340
Published by: Population Council
DOI: 10.2307/2138028
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2138028
Page Count: 13
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Women's Position and Family Planning in Egypt
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Abstract

In this report, data from the 1988 Egypt Demographic and Health Survey are used to address some of the most frequently raised questions about the relationship between gender inequality and reproductive behavior. The findings from binomial and multinomial logit models show that while the relationship between women's position and fertility control in Egypt is complex, some clear, broad patterns exist that have important theoretical and policy implications. First, although women's status in Egypt is clearly multidimensional, the reproductive aspect of women's position has a strong connection with the nonreproductive dimensions. Second, the case for the continued use of education and employment as proxies of women's position, especially in relationship to fertility control, is considerably discredited by the results. Finally, the findings indicate that Egyptian culture supports gender equality in the form of interaction and negotiation rather than women's autonomy.

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