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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.

When women succeed, nations are more safe, secure and prosperous.
Barack Obama, 44th US President
There is no tool for development more effective than
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 minute, 2 girls and women are raped in South Africa.
Every hour, 48 girls and women are raped as a weapon of war in Congo.

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:

Empowerment is the process of increasing the capacity of individuals or groups to make choices and to transform those choices into desired actions and outcomes.
Empowerment is a process. Through the process, an individual becomes an agent of change. More simply put, it’s the “can do” factor, going from “I can’t” to “I can.”

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Source: What Is Women’s Empowerment? | HuffPost

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