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WOMEN EMPOWERMENT

 

By: Astha Raghav 


Women Empowerment itself elaborate that Social Rights, Economics stability, judicial strength and all other rights should be also equal to women. There should be no discrimination behaviour men and women. Women should now there fundamental social rights which they get once they born. There should be respect and dignity towards women. Have total independence of their own life and lifestyle inside the home and also outside at their work. They should make their decision, by their own choice. They should have a high social respect in society. Women Empowerment is the most important issue of the Indian society. There is huge demand of empowering women in the society to let them freely live their life, given them equal rights to take part in any activity. 

"There is no tool for development more effective than the empowerment of women".

Out of one hundred crore plus Indians only three bagged coveted medals for the country, and ironically, both were girls. Defying all odds and showing grace and killer instinct P.V Sindhu, Lovlina Borgohain and Mirabai Chanu.

Women in India are emerging in all sectors, including politics, business, medicine, sports and agriculture. History was made when two female scientists from the Indian Space Research Organisation led the country’s second lunar mission Chandrayaan-2 from its inception to completion in 2019. Female leadership for a huge space mission challenged the meta narrative that rocket science is a profession reserved for men. Another milestone was reached when the Supreme Court upended the government’s position on women serving as army commanders in 2020. Women were first inducted into the armed forces in 1992 and have served in a multitude of positions, including fighter pilots, doctors, nurses, engineers, signallers, etc. While the issue of women serving in combat roles continues to be a contentious one worldwide, these are instances where Indian women have overcome the glass ceiling in the armed forces.

 

India’s story on women empowerment is not complete without focusing on grassroots initiatives adopted by the government and civil society organisations. The federal and state governments have launched new schemes, policies and programmes to empower both urban and rural women. The Narendra Modi government has launched flagship schemes to promote gender equality, including Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (Save the Daughter, Educate the Daughter), Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (a scheme to provide gas connections to women from below the poverty line households) and Mahila-E-Haat.The Bachao Beti Padhao Yojana scheme was launched in January 2015 to address the issue of a gender skewed ratio and generate greater welfare for the girl child. The focus is centred mostly on Northern India, including Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Punjab and Uttarakhand where the gender ratio is wider. The Mahila-E-Haat project, an online marketing campaign, was launched in 2016. It uses technology to support female entrepreneurs, self-help groups and non-government organisations (NGOs). Each scheme has its own unique objective, ranging from welfare of the girl child and community engagement to supporting aspiring female entrepreneurs.

 

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