Women's Empowerment

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Women form nearly half of the world 's population and a sustainable development can not be achieved without equal participation of men and women. Thus gender equality is not only a goal in its own right but also crucial factor for the sustainable development of any country. A route to sustainable development can only be achieved by providing men and women equal opportunities in all the spheres and both 's interests should be given parallel preference while allocating the resources. Women empowerment is imperative for gender equality which in turn leads to sustainable development. In 1992, the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) made important provisions for the recognition of women’s contributions and their…show more content…
Women 's Empowerment is not an absolutely a new phenomenon. It has always been there in almost all societies for a number of reasons throughout history. What could be considered as new is its increasingly becoming popular in public, the shift took place from women’s welfare and now women’s empowerment through the route of 'development '. Now the specific focus is given to the women and girl children and key issues related to the development of the women 's empowerment. What needs to be addressed further is, women 's empowerment as absolutely essential rather than imperative at not only family and society level but also at national and international level for development and progress. So there is pertinent need to address this issue by all the countries of the world not only at the government and non government level but also at the individual…show more content…
It is a process that fosters power (that is, the capacity to implement) in people, for use in their own lives, their communities, and in their society, by acting on issues that they define as important” (Page and Czuba, 1999). There is no doubt that all over world the women form the disadvantage section of society as compared to men. This disadvantage is apparent in the different spheres of economic, socio-cultural and political life in all societies. Empowerment in this context means women gaining more power and control not only over their own lives but also on economic, political and socio-cultural prevailing in the society. Women empowerment is an important tool in reaching gender
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