“There is a growing strength in women but it is in the forehead, not the forearm”

~Beverly Sills
The strategy of International development recognizes Women Empowerment as an immense effective tool for all round development of the society. Women Empowerment is a process in which women gain greater share of control over resources. In this process, that is multi dimensional and multifaceted, women should empower to all aspects so as to exercise their rights.

On the national canvas, India, while leading towards the forefront in the globe under the sun, needs to shape women first. India has largest number of elected women in the world. Out of the total 2, 60,000 Panchayat representatives, around 75,000 are women, let alone other divisions and departments. Government of India‘s policy on women development has undergone various shift emphasis since Independence.

Women who are instrumental in shaping the society have been always under emphasized that has become a major social phenomenon. The rights of women need to protected, if not so, for the prejudices, the first one most probably being “The Freedom of Movement”. Following the same, different dimensions like economic, legal, political, psychological and familial etc. need to be given women’s participation. The only milestone to enable this is “Education” that enables us to respond all challenges.

The government has framed legislation and special schemes which empower the women with aim of giving them a “on the picture” status. The national policies have provided strong framework but we cannot forget the statistics of census 2011, which exposes a sex ratio of 940 females to total population is anomalous. Can they make fruitful in comparison to teeming millions?

The pages of history reveal the portrait of Women Empowerment. Greater access to education, health, skill building, credit facilities and opportunities for decision making and legal rights should be made available to empower women. Though the path to empowerment is rough, every citizens of this country, has a role to play for making it successful. The present scenario is something different. Despite perspiring efforts, India still ranks very low among the 177 nations in gender equity. It would be apt to quote Swami Vivekananda, “There is no chance of the welfare of the world unless the condition of women is improved. It is not possible for a bird to fly on wings.” It is the time to change this, for sure.

Smita Mishra
Trident Academy of Creative Technology
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