SPRING (Strengthening Partnerships, Results and Innovation in Nutrition Globally) will hold a webinar on April 5 on the Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI), a tool designed and tested by IFPRI, that is used to measure women’s empowerment

SPRING used the tool in projects in Bangladesh, where women are relatively less empowered in comparison to the male members in the household. In most cases, they are not in a position to take part in the decision making process at the household level.

SPRING/Bangladesh has been working since 2012 to address malnutrition along the coastal belt of Bangladesh using both nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive interventions. After several years of implementation, SPRING noticed that women who had participated in its direct implementation program – its innovative Farmer Nutrition School (FNS) activity – seemed much more confident, more in control of their family’s health and diet, more involved with their husband in making decisions that affect the household and linked to the government extension system.

SPRING/Bangladesh will host a discussion on WEAI and its findings from WEAI research in country through our FNS work. In collaboration with IFPRI’s Bangladesh office, SPRING will have experts on the WEAI tool to provide background on this innovative tool and how it has been used, as well as staff from SPRING/Bangladesh to talk about their experience with Farmer Nutrition Schools and their first-hand observations of women’s empowerment through our work.

The webinar will be April 5 at 9 a.m. Eastern Time. Register for the session here.