Researchers Lecture on Women"s Achievement and Reproductive Freedom

Researchers Lecture on Women’s Achievement and Reproductive Freedom


The University of Cambodia (UC) hosted a workshop conducted by Dr. Amlan Majumder and Dr. Takayoshi Kusago of Kansai University on September 5. They presented a lecture to the UC community on "Capability and Women’s Well-being in India and Japan." Over 50 students attended the lecture, which was moderated by Peter Tan Keo, Vice President for Strategy, Development and International Cooperation.

The objective of the presentation was to focus on achievement of Indian and Japanese women within the sphere of reproductive life and recognizing freedom of choice in matters of reproduction and its possible interaction with individual and household characteristics, as well as economic, social, and environmental factors. The study applied the tools of matrix algebra, fuzzy sets theory, and binary-multivariate logit regression analysis to fulfill its objectives. It utilized data from Indian National Family Health Survey 2006 and Japanese General Social Survey 2008.

After the presentation, the speakers opened up the floor to questions and discussed their research with students. Discussion included whether it was only a women’s decision to have children or if men should also be part of the decision-making process, as well as the generational differences in the number of children couples have based on a country’s level of development and access to education for girls.

Dr. Amlan Majumder is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Dinhata College (under the University of North Bengal) in India, and has extensive experience in research. He is currently based at Kansai University in Osaka, Japan, with a Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.

Dr. Takayoshi Kusago is a Professor in Social System Design at Kansai University. He has held positions with the World Bank as a labor economist and UNDP as a senior policy advisor on poverty reduction, the human development index, and the Millennium Development Goals.