A change in the existing power configuration relating to the extent of control one exercises in his or her environment to achieve efficiency is called empowerment. In an unequal society, empowerment brings rebalance in power. It is a concept of equal importance meted to both men and women whether they belong to rural or urban habitations. Inbuilt capabilities are realized and individuals exercise their choices. Empowerment is a multi-dimensional concept as it relates to sharing power and includes social empowerment, economic empowerment, political empowerment, and gender justice along with demographic justice. The pre-requisites of empowerment are: the ability to set individual goals, the confidence to act upon them, and the development of self-respect. Empowerment occurs in the hierarchical social order of individuals, households, communities, and larger societies. Lack of resources and skills are considered to be the main hindrance in attaining empowerment goals. Social mobilization and exposure to new activities can help in overcoming these shortcomings.
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