Making Empowerment Matter!
Empowerment : A Call to Action
A lot of perspectives have been shared as far as women’s empowerment measures are concerned. Putting those plans on paper to process for transformation is the true need of the hour.
The focal point for change and transformations in bettering women’s life is about understanding women as equal humans not simply as a pretty better half and sympathizing with them as burdened beings.
A matter of value
The dignity of the being is when women are seen as individuals who are capable decision makers be it at home or boardroom and respected for their opinions and valued as they are.
A matter of equality
From birth as a baby who is raised equally with pride and without prejudice to acknowledging a need for changes in schools and colleges education, to be gender neutral and not gender biased.
At work the corporate culture needs a structural mind shift to understanding unique challenges faced by female employees in terms of reducing harassment and denouncing gender bias in benefits perks and salaries. Discrimination is truly a discomfort that destroys productivity ‘
A matter of right!
To teach that a marriage of two people is to co inhabit and collaborate as equals without the women being considered as weaker her inferior to the man.
As senior citizens both genders must require social security assistance equally as with age the body wears down and gender becomes insignificant again.
A matter of sustained empowerment
Besides simply providing authority or power to empower is to make the person stronger and more confident, especially in self -manahement. There is a need to see self management as a skill that needs continuous and supportive nurturing for development. More the human approach the easier and more sustaining are the solutions.
Challenges at hand
In a country like India where women are still considered second class citizens where corruption makes change difficult. where domestic abuse be it physical social or mental is rampant, women are still subjugated regardless of the society or state that come from in different degrees. There is a need for an educational system that guides and gathers up the spirit of a women and coaches them to trust their abilities as many are in a state of doubt and fear and inhibited from personal self-expression.
The masses are still a persecuted lot in terms of social stigma from being a woman who is divorced and being single to widows and a working or non working women. From feeling unsafe in travelling alone to securing a home to stay to having a lunch or dinner alone in restaurant to wanting to watch a movie without anyone for company to driving a car alone in a journey…. all women will relate to an increase in stress levels during these normal chores and activities even in the day .Moreover it is the right to feel safe without discrimination of gender while travelling at night or day in a bus or car or any public transport. Many will have a story of subjugation and social insecurity that they may want to tell but do not speak up due to a lack of voice and fear of being hounded by attracting unnecessary attention to themselves.
The true solutions are a gradual change through continued public educational reforms for all ages and gender that may help in bringing forth new mindsets and reinforce altruistic behaviour.
Setting up women-centric organisations with greater authority can work to bridge the disconnects in communication as they could be the pioneers for any planned intervention. And movements to empower one another as women in consensus and collaborative endeavour helps bridge the dividing gaps.
From I to the We
Empowering the spirit within one another is the key and it becomes easier in the realisation of how interdependent our world truly is in the interconnects and how this can become our biggest strength.
In a globally connected world resources needs to be collaborated to help one another. None then will feel left out . There will be less hoarding and accumulation and more sharing and utilization.
Reformed practices in education will manifest the outcomes in society through transforming mindsets.
Empowerment will mean a lift in global consciousness and not be self-limiting in its connotations .Only then can we comprehend what true empowerment means and how much it matters!