Women’s empowerment has become a very controversial topic in recent times. Let me tell you the meaning of women empowerment first. Women empowerment refers to making women powerful enough that they are capable of deciding for themselves. It means giving women the power to be independent, to make decisions for themselves without having to ask a man.
Women have suffered a lot through the years at the hands of men. In earlier centuries, they were treated as almost non-existent. It was as if all rights belonged only to men, even something as basic as voting. As time evolved, women started to realize their power. There on began the revolution for women empowerment.
As women were not allowed to make decisions for themselves, women’s empowerment came in like a breath of fresh air. It made them aware of their rights and how they should make their own place in society rather than depending on men. It recognized the fact that things cannot simply work in someone’s favor to be of their gender.
Almost every country, no matter how progressive it is now, has a history of ill-treating and abusing women. However, India is still lacking behind in women’s empowerment. India is amongst the countries that aren’t safe for women. Firstly, women in India are in danger of honor killings. Secondly, most people here are uneducated. Women are not allowed to pursue higher education. There is no freedom. They are kept like birds in a cage. In addition, domestic violence is a major problem in India. Women are beaten, abused, harassed, assaulted for various reasons like property, dowry, suspicious nature of man. It is downright unfair and sexist when women aren’t given jobs. We need to empower women so that they can speak for themselves, stand against what is wrong, break their silence, and NEVER be a victim of justice.
Women’s empowerment is not going to happen overnight, it’s going to take a while. Let’s start now so the next generation can have a better future. There are various ways in how one can empower women. The individuals and government must both come together to make it happen. Education for girls must be made compulsory so that women can be literate and good enough to make a life for themselves.
Women must be given equal opportunities in every field, irrespective of gender. Moreover, they must also be given equal pay. We can empower women by abolishing child marriage and so many malpractices that have been going on for ages only because of baseless superstitions. Various programs must be held where they can be taught various skills to fend for themselves in case they face financial crises in the future.
Most importantly, the shame of divorce and abuse must be thrown out of the window. Many women stay in abusive relationships because of the fear of society and the “log kya kahenge”. Parents must teach their daughters it is okay to come home divorced rather than in a coffin. It’s high time we start empowering the women of our country.