Assessment of Interregional Disparity and Identification of Prevalent Factors of Women Empowerment: Empirical Evidence Based on Bangladesh Demographic and Health Survey, 2011 Data

  •  Mithun Acharjee    
  •  Abul Khayer    
  •  Md. Nuruzzaman Forhad    
  •  Shobod Nath    


This paper aims to explore the present circumstances of Women Empowerment (WE) of Bangladesh and to identify the dominant factors behind it. For the aspiration of analysis, Bangladesh Demographic and Health Survey (BDHS), 2011 data have been used. ANOVA has been performed to detect the interregional disparity of WE. Bivariate analysis has been performed to examine the association between different factors and women empowerment status. To measure the impact of the prevalent factors on women empowerment status, a logistic regression model has been considered. The key findings are: firstly, all the divisions’ women are not empowered. Secondly, respondent’s age, respondent’s education, place of residence, respondent’s working status, wealth index, media exposure, region and husband’s age are influential factors for WE. The findings of this paper indicate that a significant improvement of WE has been observed with the increase of age of respondents and their husbands as well as the educational level.

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