Updated: Apr 28, 2020
Yesterday, I was reading a newspaper and came across numerous articles pertaining to the atrocities against women such as rape, homicide, domestic violence, killing of women for dowry, sexual harassment at workplace and sexual assault but I wasn’t able to find out what efforts the different departments of our government have taken in order to suppress such incidents and make our nation free from all the tortures that women have to face . Then a number of questions arose in my mind, even though the world has developed but are the women really safe in this world, are they given their rights, are they respected? and endless intimidating questions.
The empowerment of women has become an important concern of the 21st century but practically it is still an illusion. A beautiful line quoted by Swami Vivekananda, “There is no chance of the welfare of the world unless the condition of the women is improved, it is not possible for a bird to fly on one wing”, makes people realize the importance of empowering women. Although it’s not possible to define women empowerment in a few words, but to give a brief idea, it means when women have the right to exercise their privileges and enjoy their life freely. Though there has been a drastic change in the bigotry of the society towards the liberty and the rights of the women but at the same time, there are still some stigmas attached to it.
There have been a lot of incidents in the past where women have boldly and courageously stood at par with men, one such incident is the French revolution. The Women's March on the streets of Versailles was a stepping stone towards the independence and equality that women today are enjoying. This revolution sets an example for the present and future generation that women are no less than men when it comes to planning, developing and managing things. Women’s suffrage as a concept was introduced at the UN's Third World Conference on Women in Nairobi in 1985, with an agenda of redistribution of social and economic powers and control of resources in favor of women. Shri Savitribai Phule, the first women educator of India, was of the view that education is also a right of women. Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani activist for the education of women and the youngest Nobel prize winner, when raised her voice for the rights of women and their education, had to face a number of tribulations. A number of Women writers all over the world like Olympe de Gouges, Madame Roland, Mahadevi Verma, Sarojini Naidu, Begum Royeka and other women activists expressed their revolt against the downgraded thinking of society via the means of powerful poems, articles, plays, and novels.
In today’s time, media has turned out to be the most important tool of mass communication which affects different aspects of our lives. It has proved to be a powerful tool in highlighting women’s rights issues to cater the attention of people. The print and electronic media have presented a balanced picture of women’s diverse lives and their contribution in order to change the conservative mentality of the world. Many organizations, institutions, and people are using digital mediums like Facebook, Twitter, and various other social sites to spread awareness about women’s education, their rights, and the atrocities faced by women all across the globe. It has been a significant contributor in helping women to take part in decision making and put forward their points. Women themselves have been involved in specialized fields of media like journalism, news anchoring, radio-television programme, and publishing. The Internet has also helped in bringing forward various issues like gender inequality, wage discrimination, crime, health condition and education of women. The positive effort by various media tools towards women empowerment can definitely help in improving the situation of women in our world, thus, the people who want to see the changes have started harnessing the power of these tools in an effective manner.
Countries all over the world are taking initiatives to make women strong both politically and economically and bring them at par with men and provide them with individual identity. There are various ongoing projects organized by the non-profit organizations for the development of women, such as SHE SHOULD RUN, THE MALALA FUND, WOMEN FOR WOMEN INTERNATIONAL, EVERY MOTHER COUNTS and many more. India is also not far behind in showing itself as a gender bias-free country and thus had set up a National Commission for women by an act of parliament in 1990 in order to safeguard the legal rights of women. India has also ratified various international conventions and conferences claiming equal privileges to women.
Even at this stage, we cannot claim that there is no corner of the world where women are not differentiated and thus the government of various countries should spread more awareness about women empowerment, their rights, and education. Women have to come forward and have to show the world how powerful they are and what wonders they can do. The organs of the governments all over the world should implement, execute and exercise their power in order to change the lives of women. More facilities should be provided to the women after understanding their problem by stepping in their shoes. More authority should be delegated to women so that they can excel in their areas of interest. They must be given their own freedom to do whatever they want to do and the society must break the stereotypes and shackles and make women feel secure and empowered.