For the first time, the Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE) Framework and Program Quality Assurance Standards (PQAS) provides the World Vision partnership with a common way to define, measure, and make programming decisions to achieve holistic WEE outcomes. It draws on our own internal evidence, including intentional WEE pilot programs in the Asia-Pacific, as well as the external literature and evidence base in this space.
World Vision adopts a holistic approach to WEE, which comprises four domains of empowerment. The organization promotes women's economic advancement, access to opportunities, services, and resources, and agency, including decision-making ability in households and markets, manageable paid and unpaid workloads, and well-being. Finally, World Vision promotes equitable systems where women can benefit from equitable policies, laws, institutional practices, and social norms.
World Vision’s WEE Framework and Program Quality Assurance Standards (PQAS) aims to build a common understanding of the pathways of change required for women to be economically empowered alongside men – to the benefit of their children.
This manual provides outlines the WEE framework and PQAS. Each PQAS includes learning outcomes, tools, checklists and case studies. The tools and checklists can be printed out separately for program teams to fill in.