Women empowerment is no longer just a buzzword that’s heard in many seminars and conferences. Today, it has become a need and a mandate for all communities around the world. And the good news is that there are now efforts initiated by different countries around the world that focus on women empowerment, allowing them to have the voices and platform that they need in a fast-growing global community. For example, leading humanitarian organizations and groups like the USAID has been at the forefront of promoting initiatives on how to empower women in different parts of the world. To be specific, the organization focuses on two general advocacies that can help empower women:

  • The provision of an extra year in secondary schooling for girls. It is said that an extra year in school can help girls boost their income potential as soon as they start to work. According to research, girls who are educated can earn 6 times more compared to girls who have no education.
  • Promotion of women participation in politics. It is said that when women are in the negotiation tables or they participate in policy planning, the resulting programs or projects become more inclusive.

These are just two strategies that are being pushed today that are designed to promote women empowerment. But did you know that women empowerment can also happen at home, even without the help of non-governmental organizations or policies from the government? That’s right, with the right set of information and practices, a growing family can also cultivate empowerment at home.

It All Starts with Equal Opportunities and Protection

One of the best things parents can do at home is to give equal opportunities for both the boys and girls to pursue education. There was a time when education was reserved for the boys, because by tradition, boys will become men who will support their families. Girls, on the other hand are left at home and are not given the chance to get the education they want because they are expected to get married. This results in the marginalization of women- they are forced not to study, thus they have fewer opportunities compared to men. Now, this can be avoided by giving all the children the chance to attend school. By doing this, girls can fully grow into women of substance with access to a wide range of opportunities.

Another way to help women is through protection against all kinds of abuses. It’s already common for some households to experience domestic violence, with girls and wives as the primary victims. The problem with domestic violence is that women are not abused physically. More than the physical pain and bruises, the victims suffer emotional and psychological abuse as well. To avoid this, it’s important that girls and women of households have access to the order of protection, and should have access to legal help when possible. The good news is that there are domestic violence lawyers who can provide legal assistance to women who are abused. By working with a lawyer, a woman can get the legal support she needs to ensure the protection of her rights and well-being. Access to legal and emotional support can also provide women with the confidence they need to face the world.

Another way to empower women is to give them access to livelihood and other economic activities. Women should be given access to loans and should be allowed to work as well given the right kinds of talents and skills. When women are allowed to work or to engage in business activities, they are given the platform to express themselves and to realize their own potential as human beings.

 

Published by Addie Davison