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Measuring Women’s Economic Empowerment in Financial Inclusion

As a growing number of researchers and practitioners have started using women’s economic empowerment (WEE) measurements to better understand the impact of financial inclusion, there is widespread recognition that financial inclusion can help low-income women improve their livelihoods and resilience while contributing to their economic empowerment. Although measuring the more tangible aspects of economic empowerment, such as increased income and asset ownership, is well understood, the assessment of more subjective, context-specific aspects, like intra-household decision-making and bargaining power, is less clear.

This FinEquity publication developed by the Data & Measurement Working Group serves as a reference guide for financial inclusion practitioners, researchers, and other stakeholders interested in applying WEE measurements to their work.