Voice of Oman: The correlation between Women and Empowerment

19 Oct 2017
POSTED BY Y Magazine

Women and empowerment fail to connect without ‘Me’ stepping in with confidence and playing the right, required role. Jagruti Naravani looks within to power ahead



Today, the words Empowerment and Women go hand in hand. With the fact that this background noise of ‘empowerment’ is being embraced by all, it often comes across as an ‘overused’ term, losing its true meaning and purpose.

So, on this Omani Women’s Day, how about going back to the basics and understanding this term? Google provides the below meaning:

Empowerment

noun
1. authority or power given to someone to do something.
1.1 the process of becoming stronger and more confident, especially in controlling one’s life and claiming one’s rights.

If I refer to point 1, ‘someone’ is a woman, and say that woman is ‘me’. Now, I’d like to know who is giving me the authority and power? Is it the government, the men in society, the social activists, my parents or my spouse? It is undoubtedly a collective effort.

But before looking out I have to look within because empowerment begins with my inner-self.

The power to challenge, to change and to move forward is in my hands and nobody can take that from me. And once I have this confidence and zeal, it is my duty to extend a hand to those who need to realise and awaken this power.

Recognising and claiming rights is one aspect, but as a fellow being, recognising duties and fulfilling them is the only way to contribute to economic and social development.

This act of standing and speaking up, giving and balancing, will not happen overnight. It is a step-by-step process. Step one begins with Me.


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