Women empowerment actually means the fostering of a woman's sense of
self-worth, her decision-making power, her access to opportunities and
resources, her power and control over her own life inside and outside the home,
and her ability to affect change. This article mainly focuses on the
contributions made by women , their importance and essence in this society.
March 8 is Celebrated as International Women's Day.
A Woman is an affectionate
mother, a devoted Wife, a caring daughter, a trustworthy sister, and a loyal
friend. In a true sense, a woman is the very existence of nature. She is Shakti
and the very embodiment of supreme energy. A woman is the personification of
Ageless beauty, selfless Love, Purity, Grace and dignity. She Symbolises Virtue,
Great Inner Strength, Tremendous Patience, Resilience and Fortitude. The Same
values she inculcates in Everyone around her.
She is the pillar of Strength not
only to her Family but also to the Society and the Country as a whole. Women are
the backbone of a Nation's Economy. Celebrating International Women's Day is to
Celebrate a Women's Journey through her life, her struggles, her achievements,
her contributions. It is to Celebrate her joy, her freedom, her liberty and her
rights. It is to celebrate Womanhood. In a True Spirit, A Woman is a Beautiful
Creation of God, To Spread Love, Happiness and Compassion.
Eighth of March is celebrated every year as the International Women's Day. It
shows that the woman of today has corn of age, so to say, and wants to lead a
dignified life of equality with man.
The Slogan being raised today by the women of the world is:
Equality, Dignity and Self –Respect is what we Want. This
slogan is indicative of the new awareness among women of the world over.
Mahatma Gandhi had once declared:
'Women is the companion of man, gifted with
equal mental capabilities'. She has a right to participate in every minute
detail of the activities of man and she has an equal right of freedom and
liberty with him. She is entitled to a Supreme place in her own sphere of
activity as man is in his'.
The Indian woman has played a silent, self- effacing role to sustain Indian
Civilization down the ages. However, her status has undergone significant
improvement since independence. Women's welfare is now a prominent feature in
all our Plans. Right from Mahatma Gandhi down to the present leadership, all our
leaders have always insisted on education and equal rights for the women in
India. It is heartening to note that today we have in India educated ladies who
are very keen on taking up all types of work, including administrative
Women now accompany our exploration teams to the Antarctica. We are Surprised to
see the wonderful and accurate work women are doing in offices, such as typists,
clerks, receptionists and officers. They are quick to understand and very
efficient in the performance.
They have won accolades from their superiors in
whatever capacity they have worked. They are Competiting for IAS, IFS, State
Administrative Services and other Examinations held by the UPSC,SSC and many
other fields of life. Today we have women as Magistrates, Judges and Police
Officers who are coolheaded, dispassionate, objective and impartial.
Today the role of men and women in our Society is both collaborative and
Supplementary. The myth of male superiority is only a distortion that came in
the wake of growing male domination. It is a paradox that there should be an
increase in Crimes against women, especially in the face of spectacular strides
being made by them in various walks of life. Emancipation of women has occupied
an important place in the Scheme for Social reforms undertaken in this country,
in the later half of the 19th century.
Our Constitution ensures a place of dignity and honour for all women. 'The
atrocities against women are a slur on the fair name of humanity. The incidence
of crimes against women, which has started showing an upward trend at a time
when India stands at the threshold of a socio-economic revolution, points to a
deliberate mischief. Social evils have to be eradicated by a revolutionary programme of action to bring about a radical change in social behavior towards
women. An improvement in the situation can only be brought about by creating a
strong Public opinion in this respect.
During the last five decades women have entered in increasing numbers into
salaried and remunerative occupations as well as professions which were
previously the exclusive preserve of men. Today we find the difference that
while women in former days worked along with men in the fields, now they work
in factories or offices. In the field of Politics there has been some
regression. It is true that we have had a woman Prime minister and four women
Chief ministers, but on the whole day lesser number of women are seen
participating in our political life than previously.
No doubt , the ruling party
had at that time taken a policy decision that 30 percent of the candidates set
up to fight the election to the legislatures should be women, but the proposal
turned out to be a still-born one.
Year after year, we find decreasing number of
women entering the political arena. One explanation for this is that while among
the very advanced and rich families, both men and women reach high positions
,among the lower strata of the society and condition of both men and women is
very precarious. We should remember that, with the individuality and respect.
Today every woman gets equal Opportunity of education and employment.
Violence against women in India is becoming more frequent and is alarming on the
increase. Today in almost every stratum of our social life, women are treated as
inferior creatures. We may go on shouting about constitutional equality between
men and women, but we have yet to go a long way before women find an equally
safe and honourable place in our society. We daily read and hear about ladies
living in busy localities being murdered in board daylight. It is so because
they have some yellow mental on them.
Rape is not the only motive force behind the crimes against women. A women , by
her very constitution is vulnerable. Young girls are deceived on promises of a
decent job or marriage.
Once a girl has fallen, She is blackmailed into a life of vice. If we want to
get a feel of the widespread evil of crime against women, we have only to know
the experiences evil of crime against women, we have only to know the
experiences of working girls from the moment they leave their home up to the
time of their return.
At all times they are exposed to the prying eyes of hungry males of all ages
and all classes. Women in our country, even after five decades of independence,
continue to be helpless victims of the males chauvinism and high-handedness in
almost every walk of life.
Whether a woman is a poor factory worker a domestic servant, a middle class
office-goer or a highly paid government officer or a company executive, she is
the focal point of hundreds of hungry eyes, wherever she is and whatever she
is doing. This happens ,not withstanding the fact that our constitution ensures
equality for all.
The Constitution has not only provided for equal rights and Privileges for both
men and women but has gone a step further and made special provisions for women
and children. In spite of being taken these safeguards, Indians in their family
life are governed by personal religious laws ,which have failed to give women
their due. It is surprising that in spite of so many laws, women still continue
to live under the stress and strain of male domination that manifests itself in
the form of various kinds of hardships and indignities meted out to them. To
ensure equality of status for our women we still have miles to go.