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Women Empowerment begins in the Mind

By Roni Sen

It has been rightly said that ‘the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world.’ Women have some inherent power in them in terms of some essential qualities of leadership. These include feelings of love , forbearance, compassion, understanding and humility that enable them to express themselves more easily and naturally and give them an edge over The Other gender.

The eternal self or soul is pure ,peaceful and complete with divine and spiritual qualities. When women touch this inner, eternal core, they gain the courage to play the path they are so good at.

However, for thousands of years the power of the average woman has remained largely unrecognized  and untapped. On one hand women have been put on pedestals and are worshipped on account of their purity of femininity in the name of Durga,mother of divine power; Lakshmi, mother of wealth and Saraswati, mother of knowledge.

At the same time, women have been facing discrimination on account of their gender. Indian history is replete with examples of brave women such as Rani Durgavati and Rani Lakshmi Bai who valiantly took on powerful adversaries to defend their cause and honour.

Empowerment of women is a necessity for the very development of a society , since it enhances both the quality and the quantity of human resources available for development. Women are the primary caretakers of children and elders in every country of the world. International studies demonstrate that when the economy and political organization  of a society change, women take the lead in helping the family adjust to new realities and challenges. The role of women in the urban and ruling force has expanded exponentially in recent decades. In spite of this, women’s opportunities still lag behind that of men worldwide. However the historical and current role of women is indisputable . The 2030 agenda has pledged to leave no one behind. This means that in our development efforts girls must be a priority. This involves enabling girls to avoid child marriage and unwanted pregnancy and protect them against HIV transmission and acquiring the education and skills they need to realize  their potential as a key human resources in 2030 and also important in times of crisis. Gender equality and empowering all women and girls is something that we must seek to advance. If we fail to adjust the differentiated needs of girls and along with it give wings to their aspirations, a generation will be lost and with it we will lose our hope for sustainable development, prosperity, peace and security.

However, women’s economic empowerment and financial inclusion remain unfinished business, with no country having achieved gender equality and women still being more likely than men to live in poverty.

As  girls and women in society, we have to empower ourselves by becoming independent and present with power in all aspects of life.

We look forward to such a nation where we need to give equal opportunities to women for equal pay, equal respect as is due to men.

“We need to reshape our own perception of how we view ourselves. We have to step up as women and take the lead.” – Beyonce

  It has been rightly said :

“Educate a man and you educate and individual. Educate a woman and you educate a family.”

Thus it can be said that women empowerment is the key to strengthen their participation in decision making which is the most important key to socio-economic development. She needs to be involved in family decision making which may bring a slight improvement in women’s condition in male-headed households. In India, it is very challenging to bring changes to the lives of women in traditional societies. It can be changed but it will take some time and regular efforts.

About the Author

Roni Sen is an educator by profession. She loves to write about her feelings and thoughts regarding various subjects that touch her. She hails from Calcutta but has grown up in Allahabad doing her Masters in Modern History from the prestigious Allahabad University. Apart from being a lover of Rabindra Sangeet and classical music she loves to travel and capture nature into her camera. She grooms students in Public Speaking and had been a great debator & anchor in her school and college days.

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