We heard the phrase “Women’s empowerment” or “Female empowerment” so often from world leaders and international governmental organizations. What exactly is women’s empowerment? Why is it important to solve global issues? And how can you empower women and girls?
Definition of Women’s Empowerment
Women’s empowerment is to increase women’s and girls’ capacity to make their own choice and transform those choices into desired actions and outcomes. There are five components of women’s empowerment, as follow:
- Promote women’s and girls’ self-worth
- Women’s and girls’ right to have and to determine choices
- Women’s and girls’ right to have access to opportunities and resources
- Women’s and girls’ right to take control of their life, inside and outside their home
- Women’s and girls’ rights to influence social and economical change, nationally and internationally
Empowering women and girls can lead to the health and social development of families, communities, and countries as well as achieving gender equality. These things are important to create an equal world where all gender is safe. In addition, women living safe, fulfilled, and productive lives can reach their full potential and contribute their skills to the workforce. They can fuel sustainable economies and benefit societies and humanity.
How Can We Empower Women and Girls?
- Support girls’ education: The most important part of empowering women and girls is education.
- Help women and girls understand their rights
- Donate to organizations that offer training, education, counseling, medical care, small business loans to women and girls
- Push for policies that benefit women and girls
- Build skills and confidence of women and girls to achieve their potentials
- Mentor a girl in your hometown through programs such as Big Brothers Big Sisters
- Invest in female-own business
- Help a new mother
- Encourage women and girls to be leaders at all levels
- Promote women’s participation in politics
What Center For Girls Are Doing
- Educate women and girls on women’s rights, child rights, types of violence, economic independence, and gender equality
- Provide vocational skills training, such as soapmaking and online marketing, for ethnic women in Chiang Khong, Chiang Rai, Thailand
- Search and provide scholarships for girls who want to continue their education
- Promote gender equality in the community
- Reduce and protect women and children from violence in the community
- Raise awareness on women’s rights, child rights, violence against women and children, and gender equality
- Create participation forums for women and children in the community
- Encourage women to be community leaders
– Wanwarin Yensuk
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