As the great Indian philosopher Swami Vivekananda has said, "There is no chance for the welfare of the world unless the condition of women is improved."
Empowerment means enabling a person to make their own life decisions and take control of their own lives. Human rights protect this concept of empowerment. Women were subjugated for many years as a secondary to men in households, society, the workplace, etc. Later, many social leaders came forward to uphold their dignity. The first time, their moves weren't taken positively by society. Eventually, acceptance came, and many education and work opportunities began to open for women. However, still, there is a long way to go.
Every human being is strong in their own way. The need for an hour is to acknowledge this strength and make use of it for oneself and the world's greater good. It is always said that to ride the chariot successfully, all its wheels must be good. Balance is needed in every aspect. It is necessary to empower women, too; hence the concept of feminism and women empowerment took place. In a world where women are still fighting for equality, it's important to be an advocate for women's empowerment. Women empowerment is about supporting and uplifting women so that they can reach their full potential.
Steps towards women's empowerment must start from our own self. Here are a few ways to be an advocate for women's empowerment:
1. Enable women to become self-confident
First of all, women must start becoming self-confident. Women must accept themselves as they are. They must understand the importance of getting independent and its ways. Family members and friends play a vital role in this.
2. Start respecting women in your home and in a friend circle
Our mothers, grandmothers, and aunts often sacrifice for our family and find happiness in serving their family members. Even if women have started working, their family responsibility is yet to get balanced. It's important to first respect our women in a household and friend circle. One must acknowledge their sacrifice in the form of love and respect.
3. Make the workplace secure
Company authorities must create awareness among employees. Women must be paid equally. One can support women-owned businesses. Many policies are made against sexual harassment in the workplace, about the protection of women employees, etc. These policies must be implemented effectively. Authorities like the HR manager must be efficient enough.
4. Role of NGOs, Government
The establishment of NGOs and drafting of Government policies regarding women empowerment is important. Later, effective implementation and work are the most important. One can volunteer for organizations that help women and educate oneself and others about issues affecting women.
E.g. NGOs like SEWA, Snehalaya, Azad Foundation, etc. Government schemes like Beti Bachao Beti Padhao, Mahila E-haat, etc.
5. Raise your voice against injustice
Women's empowerment is everyone's responsibility. Whenever injustice is seen by one happening against women, one must take immediate action by connecting with the concerned authority.
I raise up my voice—not so that I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard.
Hence, by advocating for women's empowerment, one can help make the world a better place for everyone. Women's empowerment is a journey where everyone must be together to work towards it.