Female empowerment is an important issue across the world. In many countries, women are underrepresented in the workforce, lack equal access to resources, and face a lot more obstacles and hurdles in their daily lives than the men. Even countries with progressive policies have not managed to fully balance the playing field. This is where empowerment comes in. On an individual and on a social level, female empowerment is an important process that improves the culture and offers women many more new opportunities. But what does empowerment look like in real life? How can women be empowered and empower others in turn? Let’s take a look.
How to empower women
Empower Women through Education
The first strategy that women can use to take power is education. This provides a strong foundation for any work and opens new possibilities and opportunities. This is why access to education for women is often limited in countries or cultures that hope to keep them silent and compliant. Education is absolutely essential because it provides women with the knowledge, skills, and tools to build a better lives for themselves.
It doesn’t refer just to formal school, although this is important, of course. Formal education, for example, access to college or even basic elementary schooling gives women the opportunity to access better jobs and empower themselves to do better. It also refers to the possibility of learning different skills, like driving, opening one’s business, or just fixing the lights or doing taxes. Learning more skills and having new knowledge is a way of empowering oneself and daring to try new things. Learning to drive can help a woman get out more, while knowing how to cook might provide opportunities for earning her own money. Education offers a sense of empowerment because it builds confidence, helps meet new people, and expand one’s horizons.
Educating is also a way to sharing power. A woman can offer to teach her knowledge and skills with others to help them be more confident or access new opportunities. Education is often the best strategy for empowering women and helping them empower each other.
You can use education to empower yourself by seeking professional and personal development. What skills and knowledge would you like to have? Consider especially those things that might be holding you back or that you feel are challenging for you. Mastering something you find difficult can give you a strong boost of confidence and help you feel in control and empowered.
Boosting Female Voices
It’s not possible to talk about female empowerment without bringing as many women into the conversation as possible. Very often, it is easy enough to assume that one knows how best to help women within a community or organization and fail to consult what they have to say. Women will know what they need and give valuable ideas for seeking their own empowerment. It is important to create spaces for female voices and amplify these to ensure that the actual women involved in the process are heard, especially those in vulnerable positions, for example, marginalized groups.
Boosting other women’s voices is another powerful way of offering empowerment. Women who have platforms, reach, or authority can use these to give other women a platform, share their work, or amplify what they are saying.
When women feel that they have a voice and an opportunity to speak and be heard, it provides a sense of power. Silencing female voices is a way to keep women low, so boosting what they have to say is an important step towards empowerment.
How can you follow this strategy? Seek out opportunities to speak and make your voice heard. Take part in events that give you the chance to raise your own concerns. Don’t silence yourself and assert your boundaries when other people try to do this. If you have the opportunity, give other women a chance to speak up and support their voices.
There are a lot of harmful ideas about women going around. One of the most dangerous ones is the idea that women can’t build strong friendships or strong communities because they compete with each other. This is a very harmful myth, and counteracting it does a lot to empower women. Building connections with other girls and women, mentorships, communities, and groups meant to bring them closer together is a path to empowerment.
Sisterhood, when women support each other, is powerful because it provides women with role models, mentors, friends, employers, employees, and other potentially useful contacts. It offers them safer spaces where women can believe and uplift each other through collaboration. Building professional and personal networks of other women is a way to empower oneself and give this power to other women also.
You might look for existing groups or communities. There are many professional programs and networks that cater to women. If you are feeling more ambitious, you might choose to develop your own. In addition to this, sisterhood means giving female professionals a chance and seeking out their services when you can.
Work Towards Equality
Empowerment cannot occur in an environment where women are systemically pushed down. Discrimination, prejudice, violence; these are all things that hurt women individually and as a group. Working towards equality and building a society that does not allow for discrimination helps women claim their power. What does this entail?
This means being active politically or socially within your community to speak up and promote the policies that help women. It can mean participating in charities that support women or that work to reduce gender violence. It can mean shutting down sexist conversations in your workplace or educating people on the importance of female education.
The process of changing society is slow but it’s moving faster today thanks to all the progress that has been made already. Women in many places are uniquely positioned to improve their own lives, the lives of their daughters, and the lives of other women who are in vulnerable situations. Take advantage and do what you can. Being a part of social change is empowering in its own way, as it helps you feel that you are making a difference for yourself and others.
Empowerment is a complex process that involves both individual and social change. As a woman, you can participate in both and find ways to make life better for yourself and your community. Take the power that you can have by learning more, doing more, and joining forces with other women.