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Economic Empowerment and Reproductive Behaviour of Young Women in Osun State, Nigeria

Oluwole Odutolu, Adebola Adedimeji, Omobola Odutolu, Olatunde Baruwa and Funmilayo Olatidoye
African Journal of Reproductive Health / La Revue Africaine de la Santé Reproductive
Vol. 7, No. 3 (Dec., 2003), pp. 92-100
DOI: 10.2307/3583294
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3583294
Page Count: 9
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Abstract

Women are increasingly being recognised as equal partners in development. However, there is a growing awareness that negative health, social and economic consequences act as barriers in their efforts to contribute to sustainable development. Consequently, to fully harness the potentials of women in this regard, these barriers have to be addressed. This paper utilises qualitative data collected as part of an intervention programme designed to increase access to reproductive health information/services and economic resources among young women in Osogbo, Nigeria. The aim was to provide reproductive health information and training in basic business skills and micro-credit facilities to enable beneficiaries to establish private businesses. Findings from the study highlight the importance of the relationship between female education, access to economic resources as a means of furthering empowerment of women especially in terms of their reproductive behaviour. The paper argues that increased access to resources is a major factor toward ensuring the much desired empowerment. /// Les femmes sont de plus eu plus reconnues comme des partenaires égaux en matière du développement. Pourtant, il y a une conscience croissante du fait que la santé négative et les conséquences sociales et économiques constituent des obstacles dans leurs efforts pour contribuer au développement viable. Par conséquent, à fin de profiter pleinement des potentiels des femmes à cet égard, il faut résoudre ces obstacles. On se sert dans cette étude, de données qualitative recueillies dans le cadre d'un programme d'intervention conçu pour augmenter l'accès à l'information/au service de la santé reproductive et les ressoruces économiques parmi les jeunes femmes à Oshogbo, Nigéria. L'Objectif était de fournir l'information concernant la santé reproductive et d'assurer la formation dans les techniques des affaires de base ainsi que les facilités micro-crédits, à fin de permettre à l'audience visée d'établir des entreprises privées. Les résultats de l'étude soulignent l'importance des rapports entre l'éducation féminine et l'accès aux ressources économiques comme moyen de promouvoir davantage l'émancipation de la femme en ce qui concerne leur comportement reproductif. L'article soutient que l'augmentation de l'accès aux ressources est un facteur majeur pour assurer l'emancipation tant désirée.

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