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.
have been ignored. So, when we talk about the empowerment, it is related to overall development of women rather than partial emphasis on one or the other area of concern. Empowerment comes when women become self sufficient and self reliant in all the spheres of life. They are in control of their lives and circumstances that have effect on their lives. Women empowerment is a difficult task in Indian society which is mainly patriarchal.
Introduction Self Help Groups (SHGs) are small voluntary associations of poor people, preferably from the same socio-economic background who come together for the purpose of solving their common problems through self-help and mutual help .Self-help groups have become a good source to empower woman. It plays a vital role in the rural development and groups reduces the emphasis of the unorganized sector and develops individual skills of the community and members. At present SHGs are growing at rapid pace and helping woman to grow in the society which could improve their socio-economic conditions. The SHGs promotes small savings among its members. The savings are kept with a bank.
Furthermore, Chen et al (2005) cited by Rambo (2010) group a number of indicators of empowerment into 3 broad categorized; • First, material effects; level of capital invested, income, land and equipment & machinery owned. Other materials like food access, education, healthcare, housing, water supply, sanitation and energy. • Second perpetual results of women’s economic empowerment leads to higher self esteem were women perceive better their personality, interest and values. Also, improved confidence; better perception about ability and capacity in addition to a more focused future. Other perpetual effects are community respect and high ranking in society.
There the five components of women empowerment were defined, each showing how women can be empowered and the significance of doing so. Empowering women through education is actually providing them with a weapon to live up their customary part, fight with the challenges and bring positive change in their lives. It opens up new horizons for women, broadens their thinking, and helps them to develop new ideas and hopes, enhances their knowledge and skills and provides them the courage to meet the challenges of life and give freedom of
This research would utilize education of women as the bedrock to women empowerment. The researcher would not delve into economic empowerment of the woman, but restrict this work to empowering a woman in such a way that she would be able to make certain decisions that affect her life and that of her family. 1.7 RESEARCH
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.
Women Empowerment, the word explains emancipation of women from the vicious groups of social, economical, political, caste and gender-based discrimination. Illiteracy and social stigmas also result in gender inequality. The greed of the society sometimes widen so much that it ends up resulting in their deaths. For example, the Dowry system and domestic violence, sexual harassment etc. These acts of violence affect them physically as well as mentally.
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