By Mahrukh Naeem
When women have the flexibility and option to make their own decisions, they are empowered. They have the most powerful say in determining what is appropriate and inappropriate for them. Women have been suffering for decades because they have had no rights. They were abused by their masculine counterparts. They were considered nearly non-existent in previous ages. As if males had all the rights, including the ability to vote. Women were aware of their power as time passed. The revolution for women’s emancipation began there.
Because women were not permitted to make decisions for themselves, women’s empowerment came as a blow of freshly harvested air. It made girls aware of their rights and the need of forging their own path in society rather than relying on a guy. It recognised that things cannot just work in someone’s favour because they are female. However, when it comes to the reasons why we need it, we still have a long way to go.
Essentially every nation regardless of how growing, has a history of oppressing women. In simple terms, women all over the world have been rebellious in order to achieve their current standing. Although developed nations continue to make development, third-world countries such as India lag behind in terms of women’s empowerment. Women’s empowerment is more important than ever in India. India is one of the countries where women are not safe. This is due to a variety of factors. For starters, women in India face honour murders. Their family believes it is appropriate to end their life if they bring dishonour to their family’s heritage. Furthermore, the education and freedom scenario is quite backward in this case. Women are not permitted to seek higher education and are married off at a young age. Men continue to dominate women in some areas, as though it is the woman’s responsibility to labour for him indefinitely. They do not allow them to walk outside or have any form of freedom.
Furthermore, domestic violence is a serious issue in India. Men beat and mistreat their spouses because they regard women as property. Women are especially frightened to speak up. Similarly, women who work are paid less than their male colleagues. Paying someone less for the same labour because of their gender is both unjust and discriminatory. As a result, we can see how women’s empowerment is an urgent requirement. We must empower these ladies to advocate for themselves and never be victims of injustice.
How Can We Strengthen Women; Women can be empowered in a variety of ways. Individuals and the government must work together to make it happen. Girls’ education should be made obligatory so that women may become illiterate and create a living for themselves. Women, regardless of gender, must be given equal chances in all fields. Furthermore, they must be paid equally. By banning child marriage, we can empower women. Various programmes must be held to teach people how to fend for themselves in the event of a financial disaster.
The writer is the student of department of Journalism 8 semester Replica Punjab University Lahore. She can be reached at [email protected]