Effects of Empowerment Factors on Agriculture Women Laborers in the Northern Part of Bangladesh

Mohammad Zamirul Islam, Abu Sayed Md. Al Mamun, Md. Nazrul Islam Mondal, Md. Mahbubul Islam, Yong Zulina Zubair

Abstract


Women’s empowerment has become an important index of the development indicators globally. This paper proposes
an index on women’sempowerment working in the agricultural sector of Bangladesh. To conduct this study, the data
and necessary information were collected from 385 female agricultural laborers from the northern part of Bangladesh
using multi stage sampling technique. The cross sectional data has been used for univariate analysis, to carry out
the description of the variables; bivariate analysis, to find the associations among the variables; and binary
logistic regression analysis, to evaluate the effects of selected socioeconomic factors on WEI. The resultsrevealed
thattheaverage WEI value of 52.70. In Chi-square test, respondents’ age, marital status, family head, physical
fitness, family income, religion, and education werefound statistically significantly associated with WEI.Finally,
thebinary logistic regression modelidentifiedrespondents’ age and education were the significant predictors of
WEI. To increase WEI, education among women should be enhanced.

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