Women empowerment implies the ability in women to take decisions with regard to their life and work and giving equal rights to them in all spheres like: personal, social, economic, political, legal and so on. Women empowerment is the much-talked about issue today. Women are increasingly getting empowered to decide the course of their life and professions and realize it is their choice.
With the steady increase in the number of working women, they have gained financial independence, which has given them the confidence to lead their own lives and build their own identity. They are successfully taking up diverse professions to prove that they are second to none in any respect.
But while doing so, women also balance their commitment to their profession, home, and family. Women are playing multiple roles: mother, daughter, sister, wife and a working professional. Women do all this with remarkable harmony and ease. With more equal opportunities to work, women are functioning with a spirit of team work to render all possible co-operation to their male counterparts in meeting the deadlines and targets set in their respective professions.
Women empowerment is not limited to urban, working women but women in even remote towns and villages are now increasingly making their voices heard louder and clearer in society. They are no longer willing to play a second fiddle to their male counterparts. Educated or not, they are asserting their social and political rights and making their presence felt, regardless of their socioeconomic backgrounds.
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.
Women empowerment, in the truest sense, will be achieved only when there is attitudinal change in society with regard to women, treating them with respect, dignity, fairness and equality. The rural areas of the country are, by and large, steeped in a feudal and medieval outlook, refusing to grant women equal say in the matters of their education, marriage, dress-code, profession and social interactions.
Let us hope, women empowerment spreads to progressive as well as backward areas of our vast country.