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HOUSEHOLD DECISION MAKING

Decision making can be a complex process, and the ability of women to make decisions that affect their personal circumstances is an essential aspect of their empowerment. The role of women in decision making varies according to the type of decision.

When surveyed about participation in three types of household decisions: their own health care, making major household purchases, and visits to family or relatives, only 6 percent of currently married women make decisions themselves on their own health care, while three in five women report that their husbands mainly make such decisions. Sixty-two percent of women say that the husband is the main decision maker on large household purchases, while 32 percent say that they and their husband jointly make such decisions. Fifty-two percent of women report that decisions to visit family or relatives are made mainly by their husbands.

The states were ranked by the percentage of women who say that they have no say in any of the major decision making regarding the household.
2016 MIND THE GAP REPORT RANKINGS FOR HOUSEHOLD DECISION MAKING



RANK
STATE
FEMALE POPULATION*
PROPORTION OF WOMEN WHO HAD NO SAY IN HOUSEHOLD DECISION MAKING*
#1


1,563,951
3.2%
#2


2,560,351
3.3%
#3


5,905,280
5.2%
#4


3,361,990
6.7%
#5


1,671,845
7.9%
#6


4,021,828
8.1%
#7


2,753,513
9.3%
#8


2,714,626
10.4%
#9


2,195,595
11%
#10


1,739,725
13.4%
#11


1,864,674
13.6%
#12


1,153,744
16.1%
#13


2,560,312
17.2%
#14


2,596,948
20.1%
#15


2,608,370
21.1%
#16


1,430,758
22.2%
#17


2,306,300
22.7%
#18


1,871,180
25.1%
#19


1,322,158
27.3%
#20


2,271,254
28.8%
#21


1,168,191
30%
#22


1,582,919
30.6%
#23


1,882,608
31.9%
#24


3,654,092
36.5%
#25


1,891,333
50.5%
#26


3,695,066
51.2%
#27


2,492,536
56.3%
#28


2,990,947
58.8%
#29


2,756,631
70.3%
#30


1,910,050
71.9%
#31


2,614,598
75.2%
#32


1,357,355
76.1%
#33


2,586,400
78.8%
#34


1,971,093
95.6%
#35


1,390,123
96.2%
#36


5,725,807
100%
#36


2,138,995
100%


* - 2015 Estimates



Source:
National Bureau of Statistics
The Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) Program
Kingmakers.com.ng Calculations



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