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Patriarchal Influence on Contraceptive Use and Reproductive Decision Making: A Study on Selected Areas in Sirajganj District

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Ishrat Jahan Eva & Md. Ahsan Habib

Abstract

This study explores the relationship between contraceptive use, reproductive decision-making, and patriarchal influence in rural Bangladesh, focusing on deeply rooted gender norms and power structures. Using a cross-sectional qualitative and explorative research methodology, data were collected from 50 respondents, both male and female, in Chandaikona and Debrajpur villages in Sirajganj District through in-depth interviews and focus group discussions. The findings reveal significant gender disparities in contraceptive use, with women bearing the primary responsibility due to societal norms and male dominance. While previous research has emphasized women’s roles in family planning, this study uniquely addresses how patriarchal norms influence men’s involvement in contraceptive use. The results show that men, despite their significant role in decision-making, are reluctant to actively engage in family planning, perpetuating traditional gender roles. Additionally, instances of domestic abuse and coercion in reproductive decisions highlight women’s vulnerability within patriarchal households. The socio-cultural stigma surrounding male contraceptive use further reinforces the imbalance, supporting the belief that contraception is mainly a woman’s responsibility. The study underscores the urgent need for inclusive and equitable reproductive health programs that engage both genders. By addressing patriarchal norms and advocating for comprehensive reproductive health education, Bangladesh can progress towards a more egalitarian society where individuals have autonomy in making reproductive decisions. The findings emphasize the necessity of interventions to empower women and challenge traditional gender roles, ensuring more balanced and informed contraceptive practices within communities.

Keywords: Patriarchal influence, Contraceptive use, Gender norms, Decision-making, and Reproductive health.

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Title: Patriarchal Influence on Contraceptive Use and Reproductive Decision Making: A Study on Selected Areas in Sirajganj District
Author: Ishrat Jahan Eva & Md. Ahsan Habib
Journal Name: International Journal of Science and Business
Website: ijsab.com
ISSN: ISSN 2520-4750 (Online), ISSN 2521-3040 (Print)
DOI: https://doi.org/10.58970/IJSB.2389
Media: Online
Volume: 37
Issue: 1
Issue publication (Year): 2024
Acceptance Date: 15/06/2024
Date of Publication: 19/06/2024
PDF URL: https://ijsab.com/wp-content/uploads/2389.pdf
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Page: 119-132
First Page: 119
Last Page: 132
Paper Type: Research Paper
Current Status: Published

 

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Ishrat Jahan Eva & Md. Ahsan Habib (2024). Patriarchal Influence on Contraceptive Use and Reproductive Decision Making: A Study on Selected Areas in Sirajganj District. International Journal of Science and Business, 37(1), 119-132. DOI: https://doi.org/10.58970/IJSB.2389

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About Author (s)

Ishrat Jahan Eva, Lecturer, Department of Sociology, Hajee Mohammad Danesh Science and Technology University, Dinajpur, Bangladesh.

Md. Ahsan Habib (Corresponding author), Lecturer, Department of Economics, Hajee Mohammad Danesh Science and Technology University, Dinajpur, Bangladesh.

 

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.58970/IJSB.2389

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