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1 Measuring Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Draft Thinking from the Pathways Program

2 What we’ll cover USAID’s Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index CARE’s Women in Agriculture Framework Draft Pathways Program for Measuring Women’s Empowerment

3 USAID’s Tool Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index Commissioned by USAID for Feed the Future Developed by International Food Policy Research Institute (well-reputed part of the CGIAR system) Pilot tested in Bangladesh, Guatemala, & Uganda

4 USAID’s Tool Two Components: – Five Domains of Empowerment (5DE in USAID-speak) Decisions about agricultural production Access to and decision making power over productive resources Control over use of income Leadership in the community, Time use – Gender Parity Index - Compares relative empowerment status within a household

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7 CARE’s Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Framework Developed as part of the “A Place to Grow,” initiative in 2008 – SII-lite for CARE’s ag portfolio Adapts CARE’s Women’s Empowerment Framework to focus on Ag Guided analysis of global portfolio as well as in- depth work in Mozambique, Ghana, Uganda

8 Greater gender equity, empowerment, and productivity 1. Positive image of women as workers, entrepreneurs, leaders 2. Practical knowledge of law and self confidence to claim rights 3. Access to and use of information and skills to improve productivity and income 4. Financial and market literacy 4. Equitable division of labor/time within the HH5. 6. Equitable control over productive assets, income within the HH and farm 7. Increased food and nutrition security 8. Reproductive health 1. Existence of gender equitable land/property and other natural resource laws. 2. Existence of legal support structures for female claimants 3. Equitable access to market opportunities and investment for value creation 4. Increased State/local authorities budget allocation to women’s needs to engage in economic growth 5. Attention to gender equity by institutional system 1. Ability to organize, lead and influence 2. Freedom to form coalitions and jointly claim rights and hold duty bearers accountable 3. Ability to engage male groups as change and support agents 4. Change in institutional and individual attitude, behaviors toward women Agency Structure Relations

9 Measuring Women’s Empowerment Under Pathways Measure at HH, Community and Systems Level HH Empowerment Measurement: – Modified USAID WEAI o integrate domains around women’s: Mobility; Financial Inclusion (not just credit); Access to Markets & Services; Knowledge, Skills and Self-Confidence – Develop system to localize tool based on local perceptions of what matters

10 Community-Level Measurement – Modified Community Scorecards and/or other forward accountability tools to go beyond perceptions of CARE’s efficacy to get to broader perspectives on progress, change and women’s position vis-à-vis men Systems-Level Change – Integrate questions in to the baseline of “eco-system” actors (stakeholders, target group members) on KAP vis-à- vis women and men – Develop monitoring tool (qualitative) to assess change over time Measuring Women’s Empowerment Under Pathways

11 Learn More USAID’s WEAI : CARE’s Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Framework & A Place to Grow: CARE’s Pathways Program:


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