Women empowerment is basically defined as “a process, in which women elaborate and recreate what it is that they can be, do and accomplish in a circumstance that they previously were denied.” in simple words, women empowerment is all about making women powerful enough so that they can take their own decisions regarding their lives and the well-being of their family and the society on a larger perspective.
Empowering women is all of making them aware about their actual right and prepare themselves to get what they actually matter. Apart from being extremely educated with a wise chain of thoughts, there are so many instances we can show you, where the opinion of a woman, no matter how much it is appropriate for the situation itself, just get ignored, just because a woman is conceiving that. In true sense, empowering is what make the world listen to what a woman has to say about anything and let their opinions be heard.
WHY WOMEN EMPOWERMENT IS WHAT INDIA NEED RIGHT NOW
In this 21st century, where the rest of world is trying hard to reach some other galaxies far far away, with a population of 120 million, world’s largest democracy, India is still fighting with an issue where the female literacy rate is dwelling somewhere around 60.6% in compared to the Male literacy ration, which is calculated at 81.3%. This huge difference between this two-consecutive data is one of the major reasons, why India need women empowerment on the first place. It has also been seen in a recent study that only 29% of young Indian women have completed 10th or more years in education. Many Indian girls, irrespective of living in rural or urban areas, don’t even have ant access to schools and even they are lucky enough to get so, then tend to get dropped out during early years of their schooling, generally forcefully by their families.
Low education rate of women also has kept them distant from the main workplaces of this country, which in turn leading to their socio-economic deterioration. Though around 90% of rural women are mostly employed as daily wage labors, mainly in agricultural sectors, but in urban areas this scenario is not so dramatically changed at all. Ironically only around 30% women are working in the Indian Software Industry, which is basically is one of the biggest employers of this country, with around 25 million is currently working in various designations. Shocking, isn’t it? And you know what is more shocking, this 30% even been considered to get the equal pay of a man working in the same position! Pay disparity! Patriarchy you know!
In this freaking male dominated country, where the 50% of the total population is consisting of women, and ironically all these 50% are struggling on a daily basis, in spite of age; in spite of education; in spite of any position they are in, just to be considered and treated equal with the significant half. And it is very hard to become one of the leading forces of the world, where 50% of your total population is still fighting to get their basic human rights, let alone empowerment.
In India, where the country’s motto used to be “unity in diversity”, it is pretty obvious to have a million people from different religious beliefs. Women are given special place in each and every religion which is eventually acts as a big curtain covering the eyes of people and helping them to continue many ill practices, both physical and mental, since ages. Ancient Indian society has norms like Sati pratha, nagarbadhu system, dowry system, pardapratha, devdashi etc. which with ages turns their nature and becomes sexual violence, domestic violence, female infanticide, wife burning for not getting enough dowry, child marriage, child labor, work place harassment and so many more. This list can’t be stopped. Each and every Indian woman have faced or have been facing any or all of it in her lifetime and in many cases may be right now, while I am writing this. And all such practices are present in the society only because of male superiority complex and the famous patriarchal system of India.
In recent years, various constitutional and legal rights have been implemented by the authorities in order to kill those ill-practices and abolish gender discrimination against women. But in order to dissolve such issues, a continuous effort from every aspect of the society is needed, including that of a woman herself. There is no one to save us, if we don’t save ourselves.
So, women empowerment, as a concept, is hoping to bring gender equality and balanced economy in the society. In spite of concur the space, there are so many more of us who still need this support, support to finish our education, support to get a degree, to work, to get a promotion without being judged, to travel solo and safe, to be safe, to walk on the street in the night without being feared, to do what we genuinely wanted to do, to take the decisions for ourselves, to becoming our own voice. To conclude this article, there is nothing better than a particular part of the speech given by the goddess herself, The Oprah Winfrey, on the stage of Golden Globe Awards, as it is saying-
“ so I want all the girls watching here and now to know that a new day is on the horizon! And when the new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are right here in this room tonight, and some pretty phenomenal men, fighting hard to make sure that they become the leaders who take us to the time when nobody ever has to say #metoo again.”