A Guide for Monitoring and Evaluating Population-Health-Environment Programs
lEvEl Of MEAsurEMEnT: Output.
dEfiniTiOn: A "leadership position" is any position that needs to be applied for with a vote taken to
determine who is elected to the position, resulting in the chosen person having commanding authority
PErCEnT Of lEAdErsHiP POsiTiOns HEld BY wOMEn On COMMuniTY-
BAsEd nATurAl rEsOurCEs MAnAGEMEnT COMMiTTEEs
PurPOsE: Women and men have different gender-based roles and responsibilities; different knowl-
edge of, access to, and control over natural resources; and different opportunities to make decisions
that affect environmental management. For example, in some regions men are much less involved,
or not involved at all, in gathering, carrying, or providing water or firewood for household use and
activities such as weeding and planting. Therefore, men may not appreciate the importance of these
limited resources. Often, an NRM committee made up of only men makes decisions on issues that af-
fect primarily women, such as regarding tasks that are typically completed by women. This indicator
reflects gender equity and the ability of women to have a decision-making role in committee plans,
actions, and control of resources. Differences in gender, age, and ethnicity may influence the use of
natural resources. Increased participation of women on community-based NRM committees may lead
to decreased local inequities, if gender equity and a leadership role for women is promoted. Exclusion
of women may marginalize them from assets such as water or forest products and training, credit or
other benefits that go only to the committee members.
dATA sOurCEs: Secondary records (membership and officers list).
TiME frAME: Annually.
dATA COllECTiOn COnsidErATiOns: Qualitative interviews with women may also be used to as-
sess their perceptions of involvement in the committees and to obtain more details on how women are
contributing to/involved in the committees. In these interviews women can be asked for exact details
of their leadership position responsibilities.
total # of women with a leadership position on the NRM committee
total # of available NRM leadership positions