Women in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) have the highest rates of unintended births in the world, often with severe implications for the health and well-being of their families. It is therefore pivotal to understand how women’s chances of unintended birth are affected by gender dynamics at household and community level.
In a recent research paper, published in
the Journal of Marriage and Family
Prof. Hilde Bras
(Faculty of Arts, UG) and
Prof. Jeroen Smits
(Radboud University) examine how women's chances of having an unintended birth are related to gender inequalities in education, employment, intra-household decision-making, and gender norms at individual, household, and community levels in SSA.
Bras and Smits discovered that the odds of unintended birth are higher among higher-educated women, women with a small age difference with their husbands, and women living in communities with better (reproductive) health facilities and more higher-educated women. These women are more willing to acknowledge a birth as unintended. In communities where women are relatively more educated than their husbands and in households where husbands and wives are equal in terms of education, occupational status, and fertility preferences, odds of unintended birth are lower.
You can access the research paper via
Wiley Open Library
is Professor of Economic and Social History, with special attention to Global Demography and Health and one of the new
Aletta Jacobs professors
at the University of Groningen. Her research interests include the history of reproductive health, maternal and child health, gender inequalities, and medical and health humanities.
is Professor of Economic and Human Development at the Department of Economics of Radboud University and head of the Global Data Lab. His research interests include (all forms of) inequality, social cohesion, (economic) development and database building.
Dr Francesco Giumelli, associate professor of International Relations and International Organizations at the Faculty of Arts, and Dr Pim Geelhoed, associate professor of Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure at the Faculty of Law, are participating...
Bestuursvoorzitter Jouke de Vries en decaan van de Faculteit der Letteren Thony Visser hebben maandag gesproken met voorzitter Jan Koster en bestuurslid Alex Riemersma van DINGtiid, het adviesorgaan voor de Friese taal. Zij hebben overlegd over de...
Political parties that have misbehaving politicians among their members receive less votes at the following municipal council elections than similar parties without incidents. Corruption, private scandals, as well as professional failures are...
The UG website uses functional and anonymous analytics cookies. Please answer the question of whether or not you want to accept other cookies (such as tracking cookies).
If no choice is made, only basic cookies will be stored. More information