Research and Reports

Women’s Political Participation and Leadership Assessment Framework

Explore this in-depth framework that analyses women's political empowerment, provides guidance on how to increase supply and demand for women leaders, and develops a new measure of women's political leadership.


This assessment framework was developed by USAID for the Democracy, Human Rights and Governance (DRG) staff to integrate gender into programming and to advance gender equality in civil society and government institutions. The framework develops a new measure of women's political leadership, which is broken down into political participation and political leadership, with special consideration to elements of power and access.