A beautiful Range Rover sport has the ability to drive at up to 250 km per hour and beyond, but without the fuel, it is nothing but a beautiful object to look at, without the fuel we can never know its potential and ability to function. Empowerment means emancipation of women from the grips of social, economic, political caste and gender discrimination. Women empowerment metaphorically is the fuel of every beautiful woman of the world, the strengthening of the female specie to be able to stand alone, decide alone without any hindrances, stigma and limitations because of their gender.” Feminization of poverty” is a term that has been used over the past years to describe how poverty is most rampant among the female population .According to the United Nations Annual report 2014, over 65% of the world’s poor are women hence the desperate need for empowerment.
Do we need to enforce and intensify women’s rights? No. Do we need to protect women? No. Do we need to empower women? Certainly yes. Uplift her confidence, stimulate her ideas, and allow her to make her own choices that she will be accountable for. Never tell a woman that nobody will hurt her because you are there, but because she has the strength to protect herself, because she knows who she is, she knows her rights and has the financial ability and the mental capacity to enable justice to prevail.
Empowerment is the enemy of male chauvinism and patriarchy. Women Empowerment is the voice nobody wants to hear, yet it cries out infringed and outspoken by poverty, negative and sensational coverage of media, isolation of women from each other, illiteracy, conflicts among women and structural adjustment policies. Women empowerment needs to be understood as a success ladder for many suffering economies in the third world .Zimstats 2013 note that 52% of the Zimbabwean population comprises of women hence if more women are educated and self sustainable, the country will have a massive economic uplift. Kofi Anan noted that, “there is no tool for development than women empowerment” hence the women empowerment and positive change concerning development are inseparable. Hence, this elucidates the importance of empowering women as it has short term as well as long term benefits not only to women but society at large.
By: Tinotenda Katsande