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Title:Fertility and the status of women in Kericho District: reflections on some key reproductive issues
Author:Suda, Collette A.ISNI
Periodical:Kenya Journal of Sciences. Series C, Humanities and Social Sciences (ISSN 0250-8265)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Kenya
East Africa
Subjects:rural women
Fertility and Infertility
Family Planning and Contraception
Cultural Roles
Status of Women
Kericho District (Kenya)
Birth control
Abstract:The length of time most rural Kenyan women devote to childbearing and the limited opportunities for higher education and involvement in formal sector employment for those who marry young are all part of the broader circumstances under which reproduction takes place. This article discusses some of the issues related to women's reproductive roles and rights in Kenya, such as age at first birth, ideal family size, contraceptive knowledge and use, spacing of births and reproductive health, against the twin background of tradition and modernization and within the broader context of these women's lives. It is based on the results of a fertility survey conducted in 1990 among a total of 417 rural women in Kericho District. Bibliogr., notes.