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New Delhi, March 7, 2017: Around 64 per cent working women in the metro cities were satisfied with their workplaces, industry body PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry said on Tuesday.

“Majority of women participants (64 per cent) stated they were either completely or somewhat satisfied with their work,” said a survey on “Work Life and Balance and Health Concerns of Women” undertaken by PHD Research Bureau.

The survey said a positive trend was seen in work satisfaction though most women (70 per cent) worked 8-10 hours and travelled long distances, often devoting more than an hour to reach their workplaces.

A majority of women (77 per cent) said the government should come out with more policies for women empowerment.

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According to the industry body, the PHD Research Bureau surveyed around 5,000 working and non-working women from Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Kolkata and Chennai in January-February through a structured questionnaire.

“Of the surveyed women, 56 per cent (2,800) respondents were working women while 44 per cent (2,200) were non-working women,” the report pointed out.

“The majority (84 per cent) reported that they devote 2-4 hours in household work and 49 per cent said they have domestic help.”

The report, however, noted that little support came from family members in running household errands.

The industry body said the survey study was an endeavour to explore and strike a balance between work, life and health status of women in the country. (IANS)

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Family Size Can Be Determined By Reproductive Rights: Study

To make freedom of choice a reality, the report urges countries to offer universal access to quality reproductive health care

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Family size is closely linked to reproductive rights, according to the State of World Population 2018 report.

The U.N. report says people in developed countries tend to have lower fertility rates because of greater access to family planning services, modern contraceptives and age-appropriate sex education.

The director of the U.N. Population Fund office in Geneva, Monica Ferro, says in places where reproductive rights are constrained, either due to lack of resources or government mandates, people have a limited ability to choose the size of their families.

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“Many sub-Saharan African countries, for example, have fertility rates of four or more births per woman,” Ferro said. “At the other end of the spectrum, you have some eastern Asian and European countries with fewer than two births per women. In both cases, individuals face obstacles to the full realization of their reproductive rights.”

The world population is expected to increase by 2.5 billion by 2050, to nearly 10 billion people, with sub-Saharan Africa expected to contribute more than half of that growth.

Women in Africa must overcome many legal and social barriers to achieve control of their fertility, Ferro said.

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Women in Africa must overcome many legal and social barriers to achieve control of their fertility.

“Women may not have the access to medical services,” she told VOA. “They may not have the access to child care. They may not have access to all the institutional and social support that comes with being ready or being able to plan your fertility.”

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To make freedom of choice a reality, the report urges countries to offer universal access to quality reproductive health care, including modern contraceptives and better education.

It also advocates for a change in men’s attitudes toward a woman’s right to choose the number, timing and spacing of children. (VOA)