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. It can also be used to identify areas where empowerment is lacking, or where progress has taken place over time. The WEAI index is based on data collected through interviews of men and women in the same households. It examines women's empowerment with respect to decisions about production, access to and decision-making power over productive resources, control of use of income, leadership in the community, and time allocation. In the Gender Parity Index, it also shows the percentage of women who are empowered or whose achievements are high as the men in their households. For those households that have not achieved gender parity, the Gender Parity Index also demonstrates the existing empowerment gaps. This resource is the most thorough but concise guide to the WEAI. Alkire et al. also discuss various views on empowerment.
The Women's Empowerment in Agriculture Index. IFPRI Discussion Paper 01240.
Alkire, S., R. Meinzen-Dick, A.R. Quisumbing, E. Seymour, and A. Vaz. 2012. The Women's Empowerment in Agriculture Index. IFPRI Discussion Paper 01240. Washington, D.C.: IFPRI.