The WEAI is a composite measurement tool that identifies women's control over decisions about agricultural production, access to and decision making power over productive resources, control over use of income, leadership in the community, and time use. This report outlines the structure of the WEAI by explaining the Gender Parity Index, which reflects the percentage of women who are as empowered as the men in their households. It also details the five domains of empowerment outlined above.
This is a technical paper that examines how the WEAI was developed and explains how it has recently been used in Bangladesh, Guatemala, and Uganda, with the intention that researchers who want to use the WEAI in their own research might understand the piloting and development of the survey questionnaires and qualitative case studies and how to use the WEAI in the context of their own research. The WEAI measures women's the empowerment, agency, and inclusion in agriculture, and can be used as a general tool for analyzing women's empowerment, or more specifically in agricultural contexts.