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Table 3 Percentage distributions of gender differentials in reproductive roles based on background characteristics in Ethiopia, DHS 2005 and 2011

From: Correlates of gender characteristics, health and empowerment of women in Ethiopia

Background characteristics (Model I) DHS 2005 (Model II) DHS 2011
  Proportion of Women Proportion of Men Proportion of Women Proportion of Men
Marital status     
   Never married 25.00 40.10 30.20 41.64
   Currently married 64.40 56.80 64.85 55.45
   Ever married 10.60 3.10 5.00 2.90
Fertility preference (desire for more children)
   Want another or undecided 61.40 80.60 72.00 71.38
   Want no more 38.60 19.40 28.00 28.62
Ideal number of children
   0 child 11.00 2.80 6.40 2.60
   1–2 children 11.00 13.30 13.50 14.50
   3–4 children 32.20 37.30 34.10 35.80
   5–6 children 19.70 20.60 17.00 16.50
   7+ children 15.60 19.10 18.70 22.50
   Non-numeric response 10.40 6.90 10.40 8.10
Knowledge of family planning method
   Knows no method 13.90 9.00 5.30 2.20
   Knows traditional method only 0.10 0.30 0.30 0.10
   Knows modern method 86.00 90.70 94.30 97.70
  1. Source: Ethiopian Demographic and Health Survey (2005 and 2011) data