Women empowerment has become a significant topic of discussion throughout the world owing to the fact that our society no more considers them as weak. Gone are those days when women’s presence was limited to the four walls of their home rather now women are excelling in all spheres alongside their male counterparts.
They are increasingly gaining control over their lives and taking their own decisions with regard to their education, career, profession and lifestyle. With steady increase in the number of working women, they have gained financial independence, which has given them confidence to lead their own lives and build their own identity. They are also successfully taking up diverse professions to prove that they are second to none in any respect.
But while doing so, women also maintain a balance between their commitment to their profession as well as their family. They play multiple roles of a mother, daughter, sister, wife and a working professional with remarkable harmony and ease. Moreover women empowerment is not only a phenomenon in the urban areas only rather it has spread its influence over the rural areas as well. Women in the village areas are now equally conscious and they are taking different efforts to change their fate for better. Educated or not, they are asserting their social and political rights and making their presence felt, regardless of their socio-economic backgrounds, through their endeavors and initiatives.
Well, there is other side of the coin as well. While it is true that women, by and large, do not face discrimination in society today, unfortunately many of them face exploitation and harassment which can be of diverse types: emotional, physical, mental and sexual. They are often subjected to rape, abuse and other forms of physical and intellectual violence.
Under such circumstances it can be said that women empowerment, in the truest sense, will be achieved only when there will be a change in the mindset of the men’s folk so that they treat women with proper dignity instead of humiliating them in different ways. In the meantime we must ensure that the very idea of women empowerment turns to be a socially inclusive initiative.
(The writer is a student of the Department of
Finance and Banking, Eden Mohila College.)