It is already on our web platform for a while but not all of you might have seen it: the Women’s Economic Empowerment Framework. AgriProFocus made this infographic together with Fair & Sustainable to visualize this important and often used concept. It’s based on publications of DCED and work done together with FAO for the development of their guiding framework for gender sensitive value chain development (links are provided below).
Women’s Economic Empowerment is the process by which women increase their ability to succeed economically and strengthen their power to make and act on economic decisions that influence their lives and societal priorities.
A woman is economically empowered when she has both (1) the ability to succeed and advance economically and (2) the power to make and acts on her own economic decisions at individual, household, community level and controls resources, profits and decision-making process. Not all women will follow the same path to become economically empowered. Important is that all women become empowered by the knowledge, tools, and power to make decisions for themselves.
This sounds interesting but also quite theoretical. By means of simple icons this infographic visualizes the two sides of WEE: Tools to Act (Access to productive resources) and Power to Act (Power and Agency) at the back side of the infographic these icons are used to analyze the constraints and strategies to address them in different situations along the value chain
FAO. 2016. Developing gender-sensitive value chains – A guiding framework. Rome
DCED, 2014.Measuring Women’s Economic Empowerment in Private Sector Development Guidelines for Practitioners, by Erin Market, updated September 2016