Women in Workplace and Fertility: A Study of Sylhet City, Bangladesh
SIU Studies, Vol.1, No.3 (July-December-2007)
5 Pages Posted: 21 Dec 2014
Date Written: December 1, 2007
This study aims at examining women’s participation in workplace and its impact on their fertility behaviour. The study utilizes data collected from various workplaces in Sylhet city, Bangladesh through a stratified random sampling. The size of the total population was 267 and total sample size was 120 that covered 45% of the population. Here univariate and bivariate (cross-tabulation) analyses are used. This study analysed data collected from a total of 120 respondents. Among them 53 (44.2%) were high school teachers, 39 (32.5%) were bankers and 28 (23.3%) were college teachers. Most of them (75.9%) expected 2 children and 10% expected only 1 child. 88.3% respondents participated in family planning practices. Most of them (95.0%) could take part in decision-making regarding child taking. In bivariate analyses, it was found that number of children was significantly associated with their level of education, type of occupation and amount of income. Also this revealed that respondents’ level of education was negatively associated with their number of children. It is mentionable that women’s participation in work has a negative association with fertility. Therefore the study suggests opportunities of education for women and extended participation in workplace are necessary for reducing fertility rate.
Keywords: Women at Workplace, Fertility, Sylhet City
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