Women Empowerment

Women Empowerment

 “Girls are one of the most powerful forces for change in the world: when their rights are recognized, their needs are met, and their voices are heard, they drive positive change in their families, their communities, and the world.”

Deepa Yadav
Deepa Yadav

Girls have the same hopes and dreams as boys. They want to learn, they want to work, they want to help their families and communities. But too often girls around the world are treated as second-class citizens. They are denied their right to education and their chance to fulfil their potential. About 63 million of them do not go to school.

Education is considered as a milestone for women empowerment because it enables them to respond to the challenges, to confront their traditional role and change their lives.

Today women play the leading role in developing the society. Society cannot be created without the active contribution of women. In order to provide equal status in the society women need to be empowered. Women can be empowered only when they are literate and educated. Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom for development. Educated women are more likely to participate in decision making regarding their own health care, major household purchases, spending of household earnings and decision regarding contraceptive use as compared to uneducated women. Employment of women has also been found positively associated with their participation in decision making.

Why Aren’t Girls Getting Educated?

One of the simplest answers to this question is that still, in many cultures, educating girls isn’t a priority. In countries where poverty is extremely prevalent, many parents have to choose which of their children will attend school, and for them, the obvious choice is one of their boys. So at the root of the problem is sheer gender inequality. If women weren’t seen as inferior to men, they would be allowed equal access to education.

These are a few of the major issues that keep girls from finishing their education:

1) Early Pregnancy often keeps girls out of school. A lack of education on sex and contraceptives is a common problem among women in the developing world. This lack of knowledge about sex and how to have it safely, as well as a lack of access to contraceptives, contributes to girls getting pregnant so young, as well as the spread of sexually transmitted diseases. Better and more education is a way to combat girls becoming pregnant so young.

2) Child brides are almost always denied an education, or have their educations cut short. In the developing world, one in three girls are married before their 18th birthday. That’s an incredibly high number of girls to be married so young. And this phenomenon of child marriage is a big contributor to keeping girls out of schools.

3) Women are simply not valued equally to men. And this sort of rational is deeply troubling. At the core, the philosophy behind it is the main thing that keeps women out of school. Flat out societal gender inequality. The idea that women have no voice in matters that very much affect them. And as long as women are believed to be inferior to men in any way, women and the whole of society will pay the price for it. Women deserve the same access to education that men do. And giving it to them is beneficial to everyone.

The most valuable resource in the world is human talent.  Unleashing that talent is one of society’s greatest challenges. Studies shows that for all kinds of reasons, any society that leaves out the wide talent pool of females is undermining its effectiveness — whether it loses the benefits of balance in corporate leadership roles, or the superior creativity and problem-solving capacities of diverse working teams. The gender dividend is more than diversity for diversity’s sake.  It defines success not only by what is fair, but by what is effective. Imagining the world without female achievements is increasingly difficult, in every field.  And yet much of this talent goes untapped.

Women empowerment through education

So What Difference Can Education Really Make?

All the difference.

To educate a girl can change the course of her entire life. It helps her from pitfalls like child marriage and early pregnancy, which so often stand in the way of a completed education, and don’t allow women to make choices that determine how the rest of their life will be lived. Too often, these decisions are made for them.

Too often, they are given no voice in the matter of their futures. The ripples that an education can make in a woman’s life are incredible. Educating women cuts down on human trafficking, as it makes girls less susceptible to those who would prey on their economic vulnerability. If they are educated, they are more capable of supporting themselves. They don’t have to turn to those who might be predators for support. Read Oldest Languages in The World.

And beyond that, there are countless other differences that educating girls can make for women personally, and for society as a whole.

Educating a girl means changing the world — not just her world, but the world she lives in. Education is the key to unlocking access to economic opportunity and other life-giving resources for millions around the world. Educated girls grow into women who are empowered to care for themselves, their families, and their communities. When you invest in a girl, the dividends are immeasurable.

Educated women have smaller families, healthier children, and are more likely to educate their children. To educate women is to work towards ending the cycle of poverty.  Empowering 50% more of your population is a smart move. 

Women are not the problem; they are the solution.
Women Empowerment
Women Empowerment

Conclusion

Allowing a girl access to education is to expand her world. To educate a girl is to open up a range of possibilities that are otherwise out of her reach. She is given agency, the ability to control moving pieces around her and to shape her own future. She is no longer being swept around by outside forces.

But then there’s more. Because educating girls expands the whole world. To make sure that women are educated affects everyone. It improve society, it enhances the economy. Equal access to education changes the entire world for the better.

An educated, liberal, independent and professionally successful woman can shape generations. Only a society that educates and empowers its women can become an advanced society. Education is a woman’s birthright and it is high time we started acknowledging that.  Developing a sense of self-worth, a belief in one’s ability to secure desired changes and the right to control one’s life.

What we are learning around the world is that if women are healthy and educated, their families will flourish. If women are free from violence, their families will flourish. If women have a chance to work and earn as full and equal partners in society, their families will flourish. And when families flourish, communities and nations do as well.

 To educate a girl is to change her world, and consequently the world around her, forever. No matter where you come from, your dreams are valid. I hope, all young girls and women remember these powerful words and believe them. Wikipedia

Keep dreaming and striving to achieve your goals!

Quoting one of 20th Century’s greatest educators, Dr James Emmanuel Kwegyir-Aggrey (1875-1927): “Educate a man and you will educate one person, educate a woman and you will educate a whole family.”

By:

Deepa Yadav

Business Consultant, Advisor, Leadership coach and Educational Leader.

India