The role of education in women empowerment

Education is one of the key elements of empowerment. It becomes a path to autonomy for many women and girls across the world. Without it, any efforts would be incomplete. But why is education so important? Let’s take a look.

It opens the door to more opportunities

A girl or a woman who doesn’t know how to read will likely have limited working opportunities. Her choices of a job will come down to low-paid labor, and in addition, it will be easier for others to cheat her or mistreat her because she will not be able to protect herself. The more education a woman has, the more opportunities she can access professionally and the more she can refine her growth. Education facilitates access to better-paying and less arduous professions and can widen a person’s repertoire. A lack of education can significantly limit a woman’s choices in life.

It offers a greater autonomy

Education does many things, and one of the greatest benefits it offers is autonomy. A woman who has received greater education on her body, for instance, is able to make informed choices for herself. Someone who has been denied the opportunity to learn about herself and her sexuality may not be able to make those choices as freely or may rely on cultural, religious, and social ideas to guide her. Knowing more allows the woman to do more – knowing how to do her taxes, how to drive, how to use a computer, how to change a tire. Knowing philosophy or literature or physics is empowering because it gives the woman more chances of choosing and opens her mind to new possibilities and ideas so that she may choose for herself.

It provides integration

Women who have been kept from an education may find themselves isolated in society. If they are only able to become home-makers, this might not provide the opportunities for integrating into the world through different roles, and often it means that they are confined to the home or fully dependent on a husband or a family. But it goes beyond the individual level. Women who are barred from education also are not able to integrate with men on the same level, and men might grow and develop without connecting with women as equals. This can have long-term effects and keep women away from politics, decision-making, and high-power positions, further isolating and marginalizing them in society.

The active members of female empowerment education

Education is essential and should be supported by a variety of active participants. First, there is the government that needs to enforce programs and laws that support female education and forbid practices like pulling girls out of school or banning women from specific programs. Second, there are the educational institutions themselves, everything from school to graduate programs, that need to ensure that they provide equal opportunities for women and offer programs or chances for women in vulnerable situations. Thirdly, society itself and all the people in it need to concern themselves with female education. Parents, politicians, charities, all these and more can do a lot to help further the cause of female education and female empowerment.

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Alina is a psychologist and writer who believes in empowering people through psychoeducation. She currently resides in Mexico City and is pursuing a variety of projects.

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