Social Indicators Research

, Volume 137, Issue 3, pp 1061–1072 | Cite as

Women’s Well-Being in Iran: Territorial Analysis Using a Multidimensional Approach

  • Seyed Hossein Mohaqeqi Kamal
  • Mehdi BasakhaEmail author
  • Gholamreza Ghaedamini Harouni


This paper employs a multidimensional index for assessing women’s well-being in Iranian provinces using demographic and health survey macro data. Besides economic status as a traditional dimension for objective well-being, other factors such as health, education, risk, and technology as well as self-reported life satisfaction and happiness (psychological well-being) have been included as non-material well-being dimensions. We found that the values of women’s well-being are distributed unequally across the provinces. Southern provinces demonstrate the worst performances and central provinces have the best. Generally, Iranian women are in poor condition in terms of economic variables (e.g. income and participation in the job market), psychological well-being (life satisfaction), HIV literacy, use of the internet, and access to mass media. On the other hand, in recent years, they have made significant progress in education (such as the rate of literacy, high school degree), and health (safe pregnancy care and nutritional supplements).


Well-being Multidimensional approach Women Composite indicators Iran 



We thanks all those who helped us in the study, especially the National Institute for Health Research.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Seyed Hossein Mohaqeqi Kamal
    • 1
    • 2
  • Mehdi Basakha
    • 2
    • 3
    Email author
  • Gholamreza Ghaedamini Harouni
    • 3
  1. 1.Social Determinants of Health Research CenterUniversity of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation SciencesTehranIran
  2. 2.Department of Social Welfare ManagementUniversity of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation SciencesTehranIran
  3. 3.Social Welfare Management Research CenterUniversity of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation SciencesTehranIran

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