The SWPER index for women’s empowerment in Africa: development and validation of an index based on survey data

by Fernanda Ewerling, John W Lynch, Cesar G Victora et al.
Lancet Glob Health 2017 – Published Online July 26, 2017

8 pp. 1.3 MB
http://www.thelancet.com/pdfs/journals/langlo/PIIS2214-109X(17)30292-9.pdf

The Sustainable Development Goals strongly focus on equity. Goal 5 explicitly aims to empower all women and girls, reinforcing the need to have a reliable indicator to track progress. Our objective was to develop a novel women’s empowerment indicator from widely available data sources, broadening opportunities for monitoring and research on women’s empowerment. The index, named “Survey-based Women’s empowerment” index (SWPER), has potential to widen the research on women’s empowerment and to give a better estimate of its effect on health interventions and outcomes. It allows within-country and between-country comparison, as well as time trend analysis, which no other survey-based index provides.

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