“Women empowerment” refers to strengthening the social, economic and educational powers of women. The ideal result of empowering women is an environment where there is no gender bias and females have equal rights in community, society and workplaces.Around 50% of the world’s population is female. They have every right to be treated equally as men in every sphere of society. This means no special treatment for a woman over a man or a man over a woman, because of their genders.
It means they are allowed the same unbiased opportunities. Empowering women is to leave all the social and familial expectations and limitations. It is to bring equality in the society for both males and females in all areas. The empowerment of women would result in overall development of society both at micro and macro level. Traditionally, a higher level of domestic responsibilities is expected of women than men. In today’s world, this is always changing, along with the notion that certain jobs are held by one gender over another.
For instance, most kindergarten teachers are women, while females are seldom seen doing physical labour jobs (such as mining or construction). Restrictions to participate in social, economic and religious activities have, in the past, been heavier on women. Nowadays, females not only have more opportunities, but are encouraged to strive for a higher level of education, wealth and success.
Education through mass communication is very important. Both women and men should be made aware of their responsibilities to practice gender equality. Working together is vital to women empowerment. The modern world has brought about events like International Women’s Day and Mothers’ Day to raise awareness for women empowerment and to celebrate gender equality. The Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru once said “To awaken the people, it is the women who must be awakened. Once she is on the move, the family moves, the village moves, the nation moves”.