Improving gender data is essential for progress on equity and empowerment

Understanding and measuring women’s empowerment – and acting on that information – is a necessity for global development and human rights. This fact underpins Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5, which seeks to “achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.”

However, official metrics for empowerment—which are critical for monitoring progress toward SDG 5— are lacking. While previous literature has attempted to outline a conceptual framework for the term, breaking the idea down into foundational markers such as resources, voice, agency, and choice, translating these concepts into standardized measurements is difficult, complicating the process of designing interventions and measuring results.

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