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Intimate Partner Violence and Household Decision Making Autonomy : Effects of the Malian Conflict on Women (Inglês)

Rates of intimate partner violence vary widely across regions. Evidence suggests that some of this variation can be attributed to exposure to armed conflict. This study exploits variation in the timing and location of conflict events related to the war in Mali to examine the effect of conflict on intimate partner violence and some women’s empowerment outcomes. The study used data from the Demographic and Health Survey spatially linked to conflict data from the Armed Conflict Location and Events Database. Wartime conflict increases the prevalence of women’s experiences of intimate partner violence. It also increases women’s household decision making autonomy but decreases women’s ability to decide how their earnings are deployed. The results imply that to be successful, programs to mitigate these adverse effects of conflict on women need to be context specific and rely on data-driven evidence from situations of conflict whenever possible. Policy makers are called to design programs that address harmful gender norms and intimate partner violence at the individual/household and community levels, especially for women residing in areas with high-intensity conflict. Measurement of women’s empowerment should consistently include several domains of women’s lives to gauge progress in voice and agency, financial autonomy, and violence reduction.


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    Ekhator-Mobayode,Uche Eseosa, Kelly,Jocelyn Thalassa Deverall, Rubin,Amalia Hadas, Arango,Diana Jimena

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    Documento de trabalho sobre pesquisa de políticas

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    Africa West,

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    Intimate Partner Violence and Household Decision Making Autonomy : Effects of the Malian Conflict on Women

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    Demographic and Health Survey; Violent conflict and gender inequality; prevention of violence against women; council on foreign relation; Gender-Based Violence; sexual violence against woman; propensity score matching method; political participation of woman; intimate partner violence; place of residence; household decision; proportion of woman; increase in risk; number of women; human rights violation; intensity of conflict; impact of conflict; study on gender; form of violence; involvement in politics; domestic sexual violence; cash for work; gender based violence; maternal health care; household wealth status; human development outcome; war affected area; national action plan; division of labor; women in parliament; number of seats; intensity conflict; conflict and violence; average treatment effect; parameter of interest; representative household surveys; measure of use; Armed Conflict; household characteristic; fixed effect; standard error; cluster level; first stage; density function; forced displacement; household purchases; individual characteristic; wife beating; internal displacement; household size; buffer zone; Gender Equality; political conflict; employment status; public health; community health; prevalence rate; household head; Social Sciences; Political Violence; Civil War; gender norm; peace process; community level; refugee woman; survey period; household asset; available data; Armed Forces; law draft; several areas; gender inequalities; extremist group; peace negotiation; displaced people; ongoing violence; empirical model; statistical significance; previous work; sexual intercourse; estimation method; community survey; treatment group; present evidence; household headship; legal protection; research design; base assessment; employment type; male relative; political instability; model specification; household level; stochastic error; population movement; masculine identity; political crisis; societal level; Research Support; public debate; risk preference; political turmoil; global knowledge; global woman; immigrant men; conflict settings; interpersonal violence; Child Health; empirical literature; womens health; gender assessment; gender justice; gender relation; women's empowerment; humanitarian crisis; financial autonomy; socioeconomic factors; unobserved characteristic; open access; development policy; research observer; Mental health



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