New Index: Pro-WEAI Measures Women’s Empowerment, Agency, and Inclusion in the Agriculture Sector

  • Pro-WEAI measures women’s empowerment and inclusion at the project level
  • Helps projects to identify areas of existing empowerment and disempowerment, and measure progress
  • It captures three domains of power and includes new indicators such as ‘attitudes toward domestic violence’

Washington, D.C.: The pilot version of a new index for measuring the empowerment, agency, and inclusion of women in the agriculture sector, the Project-Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (Pro-WEAI), was launched today. Developed jointly by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI), and thirteen partner projects, the tool helps agricultural developmental projects to assess women’s empowerment in a project setting, diagnose areas of women’s disempowerment, design strategies to address deficiencies, and monitor project outcomes.