Empowering women means making a woman able to choose and control the choices that were previously restricted to her. It’s not merely a product or end-result, it’s a complete process. It’s the ability for a woman to have their own right to control and take advantage from different resources, assets, income and their own time as well. It also includes her ability to foresee the possible risks and improve the overall economic status and well being. Empowering women is important for a balanced society as women have always been discriminated in society. It’s very important for the overall development of society. It increases the quality as well as the number of human resources for the development of society. Nations and businesses can benefit a lot from the implementation of these women empowerment projects and policies.
The real empowerment is such when a woman is not bound by any societal and family limitations while making a choice for herself. She ought to be independent in all aspects of mind, thoughts, rights, decisions etc. No country can progress if the women of that country are lagged behind. Equal representation of both men and women is the key to progress. Women need a fresh and more capable environment so that they can take their own right decisions in every area whether for themselves, family, society or country. In order to make the country a fully developed country, women empowerment is an essential tool to achieve the goal of development.
Women account for about two-thirds of the world’s illiterate population. There are innumerable girls who are not receiving a basic education. This has led to the number of social problems ranging from poverty to unemployment to other social issues as well. Women suffer a lot of discriminations ever since they are born in an Indian society. Some kill the girl child inside the womb, most girls are discriminated against a male child in families, most are mistreated by their spouses, some are married off at an early age and yet many are denied education. A balance needs to be drawn in the imbalanced society. Supporting women and giving them equal opportunities in education and workplace can be beneficial to everyone in society. Women will join the workforce, start earning and be more mindful about the nutrition of their kids. Thus, it will contribute to the progress of the nation.
The literacy rate among the women living in rural areas is just 31%. These figures are staggering. Education is the best thing that can help in empowering women. Education widens their horizons and broadens the outlook and makes one aware of their rights. There are enough examples worldwide that imply that improvements in girls’ education benefit the status of the family and empower women. The gap in girls’ education is attributed to apathy and resistance of parents, unfavorable attitudes toward coeducation, poverty of parents, shortages of schools, and poor quality instruction. In order for girls’ to continue education it should be ensured by incentives, such as free books and clothes; timetables useful to work; support systems; and work schemes.