How do we measure
MECIS ECONOMIC JUSTICE COMMUNITY 0F PRACTICE
REGIONAL QUALITY TEAM MARCH 17-20, 2014
Key Dimensions of Women’s
Access to &
What affects a women’s ability to control her own
circumstances and fulfil her own interests and priorities?
Ability to Make Decisions and
• Involvement in HH:
• a) investment decisions;
•b) livelihood mgt. decisions;
•c) income spending decisions; and
•d) general decisions
• Degree of influence in community decision-making
• Ability and access for women to reach leadership
positions (public office, private enterprises)
Examples of Indicators: Ability to
Make Decisions and Influence
• % of women involved in household/enterprise/community
• Perception that the site of production is seen as a powerful or
important physical space in the community.
• A bank manager returned to the community to offer a
producer group loans which had previously been rejected.
• Women have the opportunity to hold leadership positions in
POs (including participation in decision making in POs and in
constitutional / procedural provisions for the POs/
Perception and Personal Freedom
• Opinions on (a) women’s property rights, (b) women’s
political rights, (c) educational equality.
• Opinions on women’s economic and political roles
• Opinions on early marriage
• Psychosocial well- being
• Autonomy in work
• Time to pursue personal goals
• Support from family in pursuing personal goals
• Attitude to violence against women
• Experience of violence
Examples of Indicators: Perception
and Personal Freedom
• Vulnerable women in the community participate and try to
influence village-level planning meetings.
• Women from producer groups try to gain positions in
• Women are willing to speak up in community meetings.
• Women are well-groomed and proudly wearing the uniform of
their producer group (for the respect they feel it garners)
• Ability to interact with people in a range of outside-the-home
environments (eg: offices)
• How much and how confidently participating women speak to
staff during project visits (rather than being spoken to).
• Women's visibility outside the home during project visits
(when previously they would hide.)
Access to and Control Over
• Ownership of land and property
• Ownership of other productive assets
• Independent income
• Extent of role in managing/keeping families cash
• Access to credit
Examples of Indicators: Access to
and Control Over Resources
• % of women's control over income and access to strategic /
• % of women consuming the profit by their own decisions.
• % of women receiving services from public and private
• At least 40% of targeted women entrepreneurs own
enterprises making a profit of more than 25% by the end of
• Participants report increase in assets during project period.
Support from Social Networks
•Degree of social connectivity
•Participation in community groups
•Level of support provided by groups to pursue own initiatives
• Social capital
•Availability of and access to services to pursue objectives (e.g.
business services with all-male staff can limit access for
women in certain contexts)
Examples of Indicators: Support from
• The District Steering Committee will address issues and
influence policies in favour of poor women coir producers.
• Women producers will gain the knowledge and social skills
required to develop successful businesses and link directly to
• % of women involved in CBO, local government, market
committee, enterprise management, producer group committee.
• As women make economic gains, they will experience
increased status and respect in the home and community.
• Monitoring whether or not Violence Against Women and Girls
protection mechanisms are in place (women’s desks, referral
units, gender focal points).
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