To gauge the level of participation of underrepresented groups in decision making bodies.
Definition underrepresented groups
‘Underrepresented groups’ refer to a category of people who experience relative disadvantage as compared to members of a dominant social/economic/religious group. In many instances, underrepresented groups are a demographic minority, but in others a demographic majority may also be in a relatively disadvantaged position. It is important to recognize that an individual may simultaneously identify with multiple minority groups (e.g. both an ethnic and religious minority). Likewise, individuals may also be part of a minority group in regard to some characteristics, but part of a dominant group in regard to others.