What Women Empowerment is and Why We Should Care

January 03, 2020

When you hear the word “empowerment”, power and control come into my mind. And those hold different meanings for each of us. No one has the same definition of empowerment; no one has the same needs when it comes to empowerment.

But for women, it may be a hard thing to define. And for some, they might think that empowerment is something they don’t deserve. Women are groomed to think that power is something they can’t have or exercise. Until now, from businesses to political positions to even her own home, women are expected to be in the opposite spectrum of power. And the moment she exercises her control and expresses power, she will be labeled with names that she doesn’t deserve. And she will hear the words, “Know your place.”

So what does women empowerment mean? What does it mean for a woman to have exercised her power? What does it mean for a society to be filled with empowered women?

Women empowerment is a cultural and political necessity but also seen as a threat, hence women are denied it. That’s how powerful it is; that’s how powerful empowered women are.

Women empowerment is more than simply about women being accepted and allowed to decisions tables. It is not about women creating structures of power for themselves, or even about taking control or making choices. It is not about taking over and redefining what power is. It goes beyond that. Women empowerment is a vital factor in economic growth, political stability, and social transformation.

Empowered women mean opportunities and a balanced distribution of social and political power. It distributes power to those who are denied. It challenges how society works and questions its flaws—to transform it and make it better.

Why should we care about women empowerment?

Empowered women mean opportunities and a balanced distribution of social and political power. It distributes power to those who are denied. It challenges how society works and questions its flaws—to transform it and make it better.

Too much of anything could be bad. Distributing too much power on the side of patriarchy means losing the benefits and impact of empowered women in society. As it becomes more male-dominated, it loses the things the empowered women can contribute with their powerful women attributes. It won’t be challenged with emotions and humane perspective. The equilibrium won’t be maintained.

That is why women empowerment should be encouraged and not be denied. It questions the flaws of male dominance in political and economic structures. It gives balance to how power should be exercised and creates the harmony that will lead to the success of not one, but all.

Empowered women should be seen as key to stability and progress. Hence, if we want a transformed society, let women define their meaning of empowerment. Help them express their own power. Help them to have access to educate. Help them develop their self-awareness that will lead to women empowerment.