Conscientization and Action towards Spousal Violence against Women in Rural Bangladesh: Can Credit-driven Self-employment Make Women Less Vulnerable?

This article explores the relationship between women’s self-employment and intimate partner violence against women at the household level. In other words, the article aims to analyze whether involvement in loan initiated self-employment makes women less vulnerable as a result of their financial independence and self-development. The article is based on both primary and secondary data. Primary data was collected from forty women borrowers by applying an ethnographic study focusing on the women’s self-beliefs and interpretation relating to the impact of credit initiated self-employment on their transformed attitudes and management of intimate partner violence. By analyzing empirical data, the article confirms that women’s self-employment had a positive impact that in certain circumstances made them less oppressed at home.
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