“Woman is builder and molder of the Nation’s destiny. She is supreme inspiration for man’s onward
Women empowerment means giving cart Blanche to women so that they can they can take the decision
of their life on their own and ensure the well being of family and society.
Even Article 14 of the Indian constitution says there should be equality before law and equal protection of law. India ranks 108 out of149 countries in gender gap index 2018 which tells there is long way to go.
There are many women who have made India proud and are epitome of women empowerment like
Sakshi Malik and PV Sindhu (who won only medals for India in 2016 Olympics). Rani Laxmi bai, Sarojini
Naidu, Sucheta kriplani are perfect example of bravery. Sania mirza, Saina Nehwal, Marycom have made
their mark in sports field.
Government of India has taken several steps in this regard like Beti bachao beti padhao, Suknya samridhi
yojana, Mahila-e-haat, Mahila shakti Kendra, Ujjwala yojana. Recently a bill increasing the paid maternity
leave for women from 16 weeks to 26 weeks was also passed. Women are provided with the 33%
reservation in Panchayati raj system and a similar bill was also introduced for reservation in the
parliament (108th constitutional amendment bill).
Past governments have also worked for women empowerment by enacting Maternity benefit act 1961, Prohibition of dowry act 1961, prohibition of child marriage act 2006.
It will uplift the women and their family and they will no longer be subordinate and will have equal say in
everything. Though there are some challenges like orthodox thinking of people, corrupt means stepping
in while implementation of government schemes.
Women should be provided with defiance training at the school level for self-protection. Women
empowerment is a step towards holistic, inclusive and seamless growth of our nation. Government is
putting all efforts to achieve this mission but our contribution is needed. For when these missions are
energized by participation of people they become vibrant mass movement. Hope we do needful.
“There is no tool for development more effective than women empowerment”.