Question: Is polygamy common in Ethiopia?

When it comes to Ethiopian, polygamy is practiced in all regions though the prevalence varies. Pursuant to the Ethiopian Demographic and Health Survey (EDHS) Report of 2011, 11% of married women in Ethiopia are in bigamous marriage, with 9% having one co-wife and 2% having two or more co-wives.

Does Ethiopia allow polygamy?

Polygamous marriages are recognised in Ethiopia.

In what cultures is polygamy common?

Polygamy is very common in the animist and Muslim communities of West Africa. In Senegal, for example, nearly 47 per cent of marriages are said to feature multiple women. It is relatively high still in many Arab nations; among the Bedouin population of Israel it stands at about 30 per cent.

What are the effect of polygamy?

Individual studies report a higher prevalence of somatization, depression, anxiety, hostility, psychoticism and psychiatric disorder in polygynous wives as well as reduced life and marital satisfaction, problematic family functioning and low self-esteem.

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