Chief Editor EDITORIAL ADVISORS UTILIZATION OF REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH CARE SERVICES: DOES WOMAN'S SAY IN DECISION MAKING COUNT?
Online) EPRA International Journal of Research and Development (IJRD) SJIF Impact
From time immemorial Indian society is patriarchal. This implies that the culture of India is highly gender stratified. Women's position is subordinate to man in various decision-making matters. This is manifested through gender roles, relations, unequal power in various decision-making aspects. Gender inequality damages the physical and mental health of millions of girls and women across the globe. Inequality between men and women can take many forms. Inequality between women and men can also
... ffect women's capacity to access resources such as income, education and employment, which themselves promote health. Reproductive Health is an area where the woman suffers. Most women have neither the time nor the mind set or facilities to go in for health care. Rural women, especially, have no access to such basic health care facility. Maternal mortality and Infant Mortality are major public health problems in low and middle income countries. Most of the maternal deaths could be prevented if there is adequate and timely use of maternal health care services by women. Decision making power of women is one of the essential factors which have influence on maternal health care service utilization. Thus, an honest effort is made by the researcher to study involvement of rural women in decision making regarding utilization of maternal and child health care services.