Before we tackle women empowerment, first let’s take a look at the word empowerment.
A quick Google search gives us this definition, which I think is perhaps the most accurate and relevant: “the process of becoming stronger and more confident, especially in controlling one’s life and claiming one’s rights.” Women’s empowerment isn’t exclusive to just one aspect of life – it covers social, political, and economic empowerment. Giving women power and control over their own lives is an incredibly powerful force of change in the world. Allowing women to become empowered is the key to a steady political climate, economic prosperity, and social revolution, something recognized by many world leaders.
Empowerment isn’t just a ‘thing’ that happens once, and boom – you’re empowered. It’s an ongoing process that changes freedoms from “I can’t.” to “I can.” So what are some of the ways that we can empower women? Well, the earlier it starts, the better. That’s why there are so many non-profit organizations focused on providing education to girls in need all around the world. Male-dominated cultures often don’t allow girls the chance to go to school and get an education, which keeps girls around the world from achieving their dreams. That’s why young women like Malala Yousafzai and her story are so inspirational and important. Surviving an attempted assassination after defying the Taliban and continuing to go to school just shows the drive that all women have to achieve their goals. Having access to resources such as education is fundamental part of women recognizing their own self-worth and their power to control their own lives – both of which are fundamental to empowerment.
Women’s empowerment is women supporting each other to achieve their dreams.
In the words of Rosie the Riveter: “We can do it!”