Economic empowerment and reproductive behaviour of young women in Osun state, Nigeria.

Oluwole Odutolu, Adebola Adedimeji, Omobola Odutolu, Olatunde Baruwa, Funmilayo Olatidoye

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)92-100
Number of pages9
JournalAfrican Journal of Reproductive Health
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 2003
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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