Socioeconomics empowerment is a combination of a woman’s freedom, power and access to resources in her home, place of employment and community. The following questions can be asked to evaluate a woman’s socioeconomic position within a community:
- Do you feel like you have a say in household decision-making, such as how and what to spend money on regarding your family’s food, education and health?
- Do you feel like you have a voice acquiring, allocating, and selling assets such as property, transportation or other major purchases?
- Do you feel like your daughters and the young girls in your family have same access to the same quality and level of education as their male counterparts?
- Do you feel like you have a choice in your own reproductive and fertility decisions?
- Do you feel like you have a choice in how land that affects you is used and conserved?
- Do you feel like you are safe from violence in your home?
- Do you feel like you are safe from violence In your community?
- Do you feel like you have access to the education, training and technology you desire?
- Do you feel like you have access to knowledge about your legal rights as a woman in your community?
- Do you feel like you have access to general health and reproductive health care?
- Do you feel like you have access to equal wages in your job?
- Do you feel like you have equal access to credit and financial loans?
- Do you feel safe at work and free from violence, harassment and discrimination?
- Do you feel like you have a voice in the decision-making process in your community and government?
Although this list of questions is by no way exclusive, I believe it is a good starting point to analyze the issue. Over the next coming months I will be asking these questions of the women Willow Tree Roots serve in an effort to best determine how our programs can help these amazing women.