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Abstract

Although the past two decades featured burgeoning research on issues affecting women’s lives in Nigeria, the existing studies of women’s status and decision-making autonomy in the country leave important gap in their representations of the high level of sociocultural heterogeneity in the country. Using a nationally representative survey data, the 2013 Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS, n = 26,306), this study examines variations in women’s decision-making autonomy across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory in Nigeria. A series of multilevel linear regression models revealed that Nigerian women’s levels of participation in household decision-making varied significantly across states of residence. Particularly, women residing in states that practiced Sharia law reported significantly lower household decision-making autonomy relative to their counterparts in non-Sharia states. The implications of these findings for future research and stakeholders involved in women’s affairs in Nigeria are discussed.

Note on the Author

Esther O. Lamidi is a doctoral student at Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio. She works as a research assistant at the National Center for Family and Marriage Research, also at Bowling Green State University. She studies health and wellbeing of families, gender in families, and reproductive health.

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