By Invitation. Author Abdul Kalam.
Women are an important element of our Society. The modern society has started recognizing the individual identity of women. She is believed to have her aspiration, abilities and qualities as a man does have and it is also agreed that she should have the opportunities to develop her faculties and to express them according to her own choice.
Women can help the society in various ways. They can engage in social activities and work for the betterment of the society.
Young educated girls can get engaged in a profession of her choice. We need more doctors, engineers, software developers, and social workers. The world cannot grow at good pace unless women come forward and take initiative for the development works.
They can contribute enormously in the field of health care. Women education willalso improvethe level of sanitation andhygiene.
As a mother, her role in the development of the emotional psychological aspect of the new born child has been also very significant.She was not only the creator and maintainer of her child but an educator and disciplinarian as well.
One of the major problems of India society is the inferior position accorded to women. The do not enjoy equal status and their condition is far from satisfactory. Women Empowerment refers to strengtheningthe social, economic and educational powersof women. It refers to an environment where there is no gender bias and have equal rights in community, society and workplaces.
Women population is around50% of the total population of the world. Theyhave every right to be treated equally with men in every spheres of life and society. The empowerment of women would result in overall development of society both at micro and macro level.Active participation of women in economic activities and decisions, would contribute towards overall economic development.
The challenges/ barriers of women empowerment are the following:
Because of the inherent superiority complex among the males, they often doesnt allow their female counter-part to rise as high as them.
High level of domesticresponsibilities.
Restrictions to participate in social, economic and religious activities.
In our society, the boy-child often gets preference for education and healthy diet over the girl child.
Preference for male-child still exist among many families in the society.
The solutions for empowerment of women includes the following:
Education through mass communication is very important. Both women and men should be made aware of their responsibilities to promote and practice gender-equality.
Gather national data and identify the areas where instances of violence and gender-inequality is the most. This data can be used by theGovernment, NGOs and field workers to raise the status of women.
The society should be made aware that both boy-child and girl-child are equal, and they both should have equal access to resources.