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Rural electrification and domestic violence in Sub-Saharan Africa / Maximiliane Sievert
VerfasserSievert, Maximiliane
ErschienenBochum [u.a.] : RWI, 2015
Umfang40 S. : graph. Darst.
SerieRuhr economic papers ; 570
SchlagwörterSubsaharisches Afrika / Elektrifizierung / Häusliche Gewalt / Online-Ressource
ISBN978-3-86788-656-7
URNurn:nbn:de:hbz:6:2-51547 
DOI10.4419/86788656 
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One third of all women experience violence within their lifetime, most frequently perpetrated by their intimate partner (IPV). It impacts womens sexual, reproductive, and mental health, and increases the risk of chronic disease. Ways to reduce IPV are less obvious, though. Especially in rural areas, electrification is frequently said to foster womens development and contribute to a modernization of gender roles. Using Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) data from rural areas in 22 Sub-Saharan countries, the present paper analyses the effect of electrification on IPV by means of pseudo-panel and propensity score matching approaches. Women in households with electricity report significantly lower acceptance of IPV. It is especially access and higher exposure to information via TV sets that causes the difference in IPV acceptance. Accordingly, rural electrification might potentially play an important role in eliminating violence against women.

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