Reproductive health and bodily integrity in Tanzania

Westeneng, Judith and D'Exelle, Ben ORCID: (2017) Reproductive health and bodily integrity in Tanzania. Studies in Family Planning, 48 (4). 323–341. ISSN 0039-3665

[thumbnail of Accepted manuscript]
PDF (Accepted manuscript) - Accepted Version
Download (240kB) | Preview


Several policy initiatives support the empowerment of women to improve their reproductive health. Little is known, however, about the inverse effect that reproductive health might have on women’s empowerment. Women are pressured to conform to their reproductive role, and an inability to do so might affect their empowerment, including control over their own body. This study uses a panel dataset of 504 married women in Northern Tanzania. We find that women who suffered a pregnancy loss show more tolerant views of partner violence (regr. coefficient -0.363; p-value: 0.001), and that child mortality lowers their perceived control over the sexual relationship with their spouse (odds ratio 0.262; p-value: 0.016). The number of children alive did not affect bodily integrity. These results confirm that women’s bodily integrity is partly dependent on the ability to fulfil their reproductive role. They strengthen the case for policies and programmes that improve women’s reproductive health, and underline the importance of counselling after pregnancy or child loss.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: reproductive health,bodily integrity,empowerment,pregnancy loss,intimate partner violence,child mortality,sub-saharan africa,tanzania,sdg 3 - good health and well-being,sdg 16 - peace, justice and strong institutions ,/dk/atira/pure/sustainabledevelopmentgoals/good_health_and_well_being
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of International Development
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2017 05:07
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2022 02:43
DOI: 10.1111/sifp.12029

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item