A woman performs multiple roles every single day, throughout her life, with grace. The role of a doting daughter, caring mother, defensive sister, and a competent colleague. This undoubtedly makes her the backbone and the most important element of our society.
For many centuries now a woman have been living under a bondage which deprives her of many rights. She was considered as the only unit of family organization. And this ignorance caused her to bear the brunt of inequality, oppression, financial dependability, and other social evils. What people ignored is that many of the barriers to her empowerment and equality lie ingrained in cultural norms.
Whenever she even thought of taking a step towards her independence, our age-old barriers dragged her down to where she had begun. This made her feel inferior to men every single time.
But now, that time exists no more and our modern society has started recognizing the individual identity of a woman. The once regarded as a dormant segment of the Indian society have now become an active participant in all walks of life. By influencing the course of social change in the society, she has become a significant unit. She knows her rights and duties and is believed to have her individual aspirations, beliefs, and abilities; and is given the chance to express them according to her own choice.
What is Women Empowerment?
To restore the rights and status of women in the society, Women Empowerment came into being. Women Empowerment basically refers to the creation of an environment for women where they can make decisions for their personal well-being and of the society as a whole. Women Empowerment gives women the opportunity to manage risk and improve their social status and well-being. It also increases and improves their social, economic, political and legal strength.
Why is it important?
- Since 50% of the world’s population constitutes women, and a large number of them is unemployed, the economy suffers a lot.
- Women are equally competent and even ahead of men in various sectors.
- Women are considered irreplaceable for certain jobs.
- Sometimes the money earned by the male member of the family is not sufficient, so a female can help him in running the house.
- Empowering women can reduce poverty.
- Since uneducated women are at a greater risk of domestic violence, educating and empowering them can decrease such cases.
- Corruption can also be reduced if women are given educational opportunities.
Most importantly – Educating women leads to the overall development of the society. This makes them an important instrument of social change.
Since education is a potent tool to progress in life, empowering women through education is seen as the best measure. What better way to uplift and empower than by educating them?
Women Empowerment makes a woman feel confident enough to claim her rights such as:
- Equal social status,
- Equal opportunity for education,
- Equal financial and economic choices,
- Safe and comfortable working environment,
- Make her own decisions for her personal well-being,
- Equal right to participate in social, political and religious activities,
- Right to live her life with the sense of self-worth and dignity,
- Get equal employment opportunity without any gender bias,
- Have complete control of her life.
The Battle against Patriarchy is still not OVER!
The world has witnessed a significant change and attitudinal shift in both women’s and society’s thoughts about women’s equality. We now have female astronauts and prime ministers. In short- women have real choices. And so each year they inspire the world with their achievements.
The coming generation may feel that ‘all the battles for women have been won‘ while the feminists know only too well the longevity and ingrained complexity of patriarchy. With more women in the boardroom and greater equality in legislative rights, one could think that women have gained true equality.
But the unfortunate fact is that women are still not paid equally to that of their male counterparts. They still are outnumbered in business and politics. And by giving them 5-6% reservation, our system thinks that they have given them the equal opportunity!
Empowering women socially and economically are important as it nurtures their inner strength, creativity, and self-esteem. Giving them the opportunity to participate fully in all sectors is essential to build stronger economies and improve the quality of life of every woman.
Women Empowerment lets women come to the forefront where they become agents of peace and social change for themselves and the society. With this well-established base, women feel free to go out into the world, prepared to face every challenge with confidence and grace.