What is that exactly?
According to Springer Link, women's empowerment is the process of increasing women’s access to control over the strategic life choices that affect them and access to the opportunities that allow them fully to realise their capacities.
However, according to HuffPost, there is no common definition of women's empowerment.
Furthermore most of the data that have been collected is on gender equality — or more accurately inequality — counting the number of boys vs. girls, men vs. women. There is dearth of information on women’s empowerment, particularly at the global level.
Now what does female empowerment mean to you?
Female empowerment to me means all females as one come together and support one another. Whatever the circumstance or whatever the job they are partaking, we support each other regardless. Female empowerment is so important to us because it helps with the development of society. It also helps with our self-esteem. The whole point of female empowerment is to give us females equal rights.
Now here's the question we all want to know.
Why do we lack?
Let's start off with the limit of female empowerment.
First off, let's start with pay. Men are paid significantly more than women. The fact that this still goes on-even when men and women work the same role-is quite shocking but not surprising. In this day and age, women are seen as less hardworking and not as useful or "strong" as men are. Secondly, women are very much disrespected and underrepresented in government. For example, in the UK, when Theresa May was PM, the public never respected her. She tried to work hard, always tried to fight (not physically of course) but was ignored all the time by the Parliament as well as the public. Donald Trump had even slanded her on Twitter saying:
I have been very critical about the way the UK and Prime Minister Theresa May handled Brexit. What a mess she and her representatives have created. I told her how it should be done, but she decided to go another way.
This resulted in her leaving and blaming herself for how she had run the country. Thirdly, women overall are at a greater risk of rape and domestic violence. Which is very scary when you think about it. The National Domestic Violence Hotline reports that females ages 18 to 24 and 25 to 34 generally experienced the highest rates of intimate partner violence (IPV). Eighty-one percent of these women (who may have experienced rape, stalking, or physical violence by an intimate partner) reported significant short- or long-term impacts such as post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms and injury. It really is a shame that we have to live in a world where we as females have to watch our every move at anytime of the day just to be safe. There is a long list of what us females still go through in 2020, but we would be here all day.
Now, onto the lack of female empowerment. As an 18 year old young woman, I have noticed a lot of things that disappoints me a lot with us females.
I see things that make me ask ... why? For what?
For example, this one is the most common. When females are doing good for themselves (money wise or spiritual wise), other females seem to have a problem. Whether it's jealousy, envy, spitefulness, they always seem to be so irritated and feel the need to hate on the woman for no reason.
I understand. I do. You're angry that you aren't in that fortunate situation and wish you were. So you're starting to think of hateful things to say because you are so angry just so you can ruin their day.
Don't do that.
Uplift. Empower. Respect.
Being disrespectful and cyberbullying someone doesn't change and will never change the situation you are in. If you see a girl or a woman doing good for herself, why don't you ask her for advice or some tips? You can even use her an inspo! To tear a woman down is not it. AT ALL. As females, we should all stick together. Do you know how much power we hold if we all stood together? If we all supported and guided one another? Nobody can get in between us cause our power IS and SHOULD be stronger than anything and anybody else.
Let's all stand and fight this.
References/Bibliography; Chen, Y. and Tanaka, H. (2014) "Women’s Empowerment", Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-Being Research | Jin In, HuffPost (2020) | 18 Ways Women Still Aren't Equal to Men (2019). Available at: https://www.marieclaire.com/politics/news/a15652/gender-inequality-stats/ |