The most famous saying said by the Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru is “To awaken the people, it is the women who must be awakened. Once she is on the move, the family moves, the village moves, the nation moves”. In India, to empower the women, first it needs to kill all the demons killing women’s rights and values in the society such as dowry system, illiteracy, sexual harassment, inequality, domestic violence against women, rape, prostitution other issues.
Each year we celebrate International Women’s day on March 8th with a determination to commemorate the achievements of women, and to acknowledge the special status they deserve in society. The significant question is what difference has it made to the position of women? Have women become really strong, and have their long term struggles ended?
Various steps have been taken by the government to prevent such abuses and to empower women. Criminal laws against sati, dowry, ‘eve teasing’, rape and other offences relating to women have been enacted in addition to civil laws. The year 2001 has been declared as the ‘women empowerment year’ by the Government of India and 24th January as the National Girl Child Day.
Though women have progressed in a number of ways, yet looking from a wider perspective, the situation remains same. Empowerment is about bringing out the positive inner being of a person and maximizing it as much as possible. More and more non-governmental organizations should come and issue not only funds but give guidelines of how to empower other women. The main agenda on focus in days such as women day, women’s day, women’s day activities is to empower girls at an early stage.
Certainly, many people taken women empowerment in wrong way. Women empowerment is not about giving each freedom to them but it is like giving them better education, make them strong by physically and mentally too. Women are being more conscious about their health, education, career, job and responsibilities towards family, society and country. They are taking part in the every area and showing their great interest in each field. Finally, after long years of hard struggle they are getting their rights to go ahead on the right track.
Through women empowerment, it can be possible to change the male dominated country into the equally dominated country of rich economy. Empowering wom
en may easily help to grow each and every member of the family without any extra effort. A woman is considered to be responsible for everything in the family so she can better solve all the problems from her own end. Empowerment of the women would automatically bring empowerment of everyone.
Empowering women and thus rebuilding the society would take the nation on a path of greater development, as Swami Vivekananda says, “Countries and Nations which do not respect women have never become great nor will ever be in future”.