In 1985 the concept of women empowerment was introduced at the international women conference at Nairobi. Education allows women to responds to different challenges, to confront the traditional role and to change life. So we cannot neglect the importance of education in reference to women empowerment. With the increasing change in women education, the empowerment of women has been recognized as the core issue in determining the status of women. To make women empowered we mostly have to concentrate upon the women’s education.
They were able to play a significant role and were able to show the skills they had during the war. The war led to new changes and contributed to the lives of women. People were able to realize the usefulness of women if it were not for the war. It showed that women could dominate too in a male-dominated society. Women could do much more than staying at home and caring for their children.
Women empowerment in the economy increases participation of women in labor force and it reduces poverty in the economy, access of women farmers to the resources increase production and they can also support their families, and as women are the owners of property and earn money from it. Women contribute to their families, societies and also countries financially. As this brings development in the
‘Women Empowerment’ denotes a situation when women become free of the all the kinds of dependency and deprivations whether social or economic. It is related to overall development of women right from having an economically independent and self reliant status to an active participant in socio-political developments. ‘Women empowerment’ involves various facets of development in the form of social, educational, occupational, political, religious freedom. The idea of Women’s Empowerment has gained global importance over the last few decades. This has emerged as an agenda of utmost importance.
Women’s movements were also fighting for equal rights in the legal aspect and legislative organization. After arduous struggles, a few women obtained the right of political participation, increased the number of women members of the Congress of the United States, American women gradually became a powerful force, which marked the political changing role of women in American society after World War II. Improving the political status of women promoted the changing role of women in American society after World War II. As for women 's economic status, female vocational institutions happened great changes, many women were involved in a male dominated field of work , such as accountants, engineers, doctors, drivers, and so on. Women also demanded equal pay for equal work rights and benefits since the end of World War
Aladeselu said ¨We empower women when we give them sense of self worth, treat them as equal humans as men, not as property that can be inherited, disposed off at will, not as a slave” (Women contribute a lot to to the society if empowered). This shows that women can be and want to be empowered to help society, but just because they are a girl they can’t. Overall society will be better because of the empowering women we have standing behind
CHAPTER ONE 1.1 BACKGROUND TO THE STUDY The concept of women empowerment seems to have been used in the 1980s by third world feminists ‘to address the issue of gender differences that exist in the control and distribution of resources’ (Datta & Kornberg, 2002). There is however lack of consensus on its major characteristics. According to Datta and Kornberg (2002), women empowerment refers to ‘strategies that women use to increase their control of resources and generate decision making capacity’. Other authors like Batliwala (1994) however have a wider definition. According to this author, empowerment is the ‘process of challenging existing power relations and of gaining greater control over the sources of power’ (Batliwala, 1994).
With political and economic dominance came control in cultural and artistic areas as well. Men and women still don’t have equality everywhere in the world today, but thanks to the strong and independent women centuries ago, I have this. I am fortunate enough, to have an education, a bright working future ahead of me, and the right to vote and speak for myself. Us, women, have accomplished so many incredible things. With our experience and knowledge we have today, we can achieve much greater things and help attain balance and equality everywhere in the world like we have done in the past.
During the hundred and fifty odd years that followed, we slowly transitioned from the concept of ‘women upliftment ' to ‘women empowerment '. If women upliftment involved drawing women out of their homes, educating them and providing them with basic opportunities in life (that ironically, we tend to take for granted in today 's world), women empowerment encompasses a much broader perspective. It is more about egalitarianism, life skills and in Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen 's words, the freedom of choice. The twentieth century saw rapid development in the field of technology. With the advent of the television, computer and the internet, the field of advertising took on a whole new meaning.
Let it be the political areas, schools, colleges, jobs etc. Women from educated circles lower down the rapid growth in population by decreasing the birth rate as the educated women know about family planning and thinks of having children later in life and also very few in number. Women get an immense power in order to protect themselves from mental torture given by men and other people of society. Women empowerment release them from all sort of restrictions which do not allow them to fly high in the sky. DISADVANTAGES Along with advantages there are some disadvantages of Women Empowerment.