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Measuring women's empowerment: a need for context and caution


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Lancet Global Health


Volume 6, Number 1


, Pages E29-E29

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Sustainable Development Goal 5 (SDG5) urges governments to monitor progress towards gender equality and empowering women and girls. Improved measurement is needed to meet this mandate, which requires that women's empowerment be well defined, adequately measured by use of representative and focused samples, and statistically comparable across countries, years, and social groups. Accordingly, it is unclear whether the survey-based women's empowerment (SWPER) index, reported in The Lancet Global Health by Fernanda Ewerling and colleagues (September, 2017),1 improves measurement of SDG5.

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