What is Empowerment?

There is no tool for development more effective than the empowerment of women. 

Kofi Annan, 7th UN Secretary-General

According to the World Bank,

Empowerment is the process of increasing the capacity of individuals or groups to make choices and to transform those choices into desired actions and outcomes.

For Oxfam, empowerment is about challenging domination and inequality. It states, ‘Empowerment is a challenge to face domination in the society that exists in millions of people’s life which are inequitable, or in ways which deny their human rights.

Important India explains women empowerment as creating an environment for women where they can make decisions for themselves for personal benefits and for the society by increasing and improving social, economic, political and legal strength by making them confident enough to claim their rights.

EIGE says that women are empowered by gaining power and control over their own lived and acquiring the ability to make strategic choices.

I am of the opinion that women empowerment should be a journey of togetherness. We know we cannot solve all the problems but we are very aware of what tiny drops of water can do.

‘Women Empowerment’, what does it mean to you?

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