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Empowered women stand tall
Women are one of the greatest assets of our society. More women are educated, have better health status. But a large number of them still face hurdles. They need to be empowered, as it would lead to true development of the society and the nation.
IN INDIA, women empowerment is at a higher position today. According to the 2001 census, female literacy in the country was 54 per cent, up from nine per cent in 1951. But we should not forget how women were treated in India in the past, and the society was fully under the control of men. But history is a witness to women who have proved that they are not less than any men. Rani of Jhansi – Laxmibai, Sarojini Naidu, Indira Gandhi etc are some of the motivating examples of women empowerment. Though women have shown their power, yet large number of them still have to face a lot of hurdles. So in order to bring women in the limelight, they need to be empowered. Therefore, empowerment of women is necessary to transform a developing country into a developed country.

Empowerment has multiple, interrelated and interdependent dimensions, it can be understood in relation to resources, perceptions, relationship and power. But what does women empowerment means? Women empowerment generally has five components: firstly, women’s sense of self worth; secondly, their right to have and determine choices; thirdly, their right to have access to opportunities; fourthly, their right to have the power to control their own lives; and lastly, their ability to influence the direction of social change to create a social and economic order.

Education attainment and economic participation are the key constituents in ensuring the empowerment of women. Education is the most important thing in all sphere of activities. Without proper education, women will not be able to fulfill their desires.

Empowering women enhances their ability to influence the changes and create a better society. Other than education, changes in women’s mobility and social interactions are necessary. Women are one of the greatest assets of our society. They are equal to men in every aspect.

Today, women are emerging as leader in the growing range of fields. Be it police, defence, politics, media, administration, engineering, space or research field. Some qualities to be acquired by women to become truly empowered are awareness about risks prevailing at home, should have political, legal and economic awareness.

For the empowerment of a woman, the best gift that her parents can give her is education. It is necessary for women to realise the meaning of empowerment. In short, we can say that women should be strong, aware and alert.
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