What Is Women’s Empowerment?
Empowering girls and women is powerful. Today, we know it is the key to economic growth, political stability, and social transformation. World leaders, experts and scholars alike are giving their voice to this critical endeavor.
Barack Obama, 44th US President
the empowerment of women.
Kofi Annan, 7th UN Secretary General
Empowering women is key to building a future we want.
Amartya Sen, Nobel Prize Laureate in Economics
So then, why isn’t this happening on a mass scale?
Brutal Reality: Violence Against Girls and Women on a Mass Scale
Astonishingly, the exact opposite is true on the ground. Rather than uplifting and empowering girls and women as the most powerful force for transformation and progress, horrific violence is perpetrated against them…every minute, every hour, every day.
Every day, 3 women are killed by their male partner in the United States.
In fact, more than 100 million girl babies have been killed, aborted, and neglected to die…simply because they were girls. Girls are truly the dying breed.
What is Women’s Empowerment?
So how do we empower girls and women? And what exactly is women’s empowerment?
Surprisingly, there is no common definition of women’s empowerment. In fact, the word “empowerment” does not exist in most languages. Although the phrase “women’s empowerment” is used pervasively in the Gender Equality & Women’s Empowerment space (and beyond), it is generally in the context of issues — economic empowerment, political participation, and girls’ education.
Furthermore most of the data that have been collected is on gender equality — or more accurately inequality — counting the number of boys vs. girls, men vs. women. There is dearth of information on women’s empowerment, particularly at the global level.
Defining Empowerment & Gathering the Data: First-Ever Global Survey on Women’s Empowerment
According to the World Bank: