Women empowerment is a process of enhancing women’s confidence levels and internal and external components of self-esteem. A change in their existing role in the household and community arena is aimed at. Women are allowed to take control of their lives, make decisions, and exercise their choices relating to daily issues and raise against all forms of oppressions and biases.
The empowerment of women is a multi-layered concept, which includes political, social, and economical empowerment. Political empowerment relates to representation in governing bodies at local, national, and international levels. Social empowerment is creating awareness on laws protecting women against practices that confine their freedom and laws enabling their development, and economic empowerment is about the capacity and willingness to control the utilization of economic resources and also to use them at will.
Women are, thus, said to be empowered when they feel free enough to question any person or institution, or authority that directly or indirectly affects their lives. Empowerment of women is the only strategy to eradicate poverty and its allied problems. Empowerment can be made effective through imparting education, ownership to assets, and development of positive attitude, bringing about a revolution in the way of pursuing issues, capacity building, and providing equal opportunity for individual development without any bias. The confidence a women exhibits ‘in making decisions both at household and society and the active participation of the women in social and political fields help in determining the empowerment status of women.
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