Do empowered mothers foster gender equity and better reproductive health in the next generation? : a quality analysis from rural Bangladesh

Case Studies & Research
USA
Population Reference Bureau
2005

This policy brief describes qualitative research conducted in three rural Bangladeshi villages between 2001 and 2003. Particular attention was paid to both mothers and mothers-in-law, as women in the study areas tend to live with their mothers-in-law who, therefore, have a strong influence on their daughters' lives. The authors conclude that women "who were relatively empowered seemed to have a greater motivation and capacity" to improve the lives of their daughters and daughters-in-law. The researchers cite these examples of daughters helped by their empowered mothers and mother-in-laws as evidence of "real change" within their societies. This document is available online at http://www.prb.org/pdf05/DoEmpoweredMothers.pdf

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