Empowering women isn’t a buzzword but a movement about empowering women socially and economically. All women around the world must have access to education, financial independence, economic opportunities, equal treatment and legal protection.
The achieved milestone for women worth mentioning is that of the Spanish parliament, more women hold key positions in departments of finance, defense, justice, labor, economy, environment and energy, etc. (compared to what? other countries?) In total, the new Spanish government has eleven women and twelve men.
Another movement women pushed for is the Me Too movement, the activism against sexual harassment and sexual abuse where people publicize their allegations of sex crimes committed by powerful and/or influential men.
Women also drove the combat against harmful practices such as child marriage and female genital mutilation, which have declined by 30% over the past decade. https://www.unwomen.org/en/csw
The terms ‘feminism’ and ‘women/girl power’ have created a movement of empowering women that inspire the globe. Laws are being reformed to promote equality between men and women. There are a multitude of inspiring books to read, podcasts to listen to and role models who we can associate with.
We have reached a point where women are finally receiving the respect they are entitled to.
Achieving gender equality is not only a goal itself, it also has an impact on other development goals such as health, education, and social and economic rights. We need to continue to empower and create awareness as structural issues underlie this disequilibrium between men and women, such as legal discrimination, unfair social norms and attitudes, decision-making on sexual and reproductive issues and low political participation.
Empowerment of women is ensuring that women have equal opportunities to develop, getting equal access to power, resources and participation. Improving women’s rights is therefore an important lever to eradicate poverty and inequality. This can be done by giving girls and women more opportunities in decision-making, on the labor market and at school.
Sheryl Sandberg describes in her book Lean In, that there should be many more women in top positions. She agrees we live in a society in which things are rather unevenly distributed and points out that our expectations are too low. As women, we need to take more risks and more often, we have to be more ambitious, more confident and less perfectionists
Women are emotionally and physically stronger than men. We women are sensitive by nature, which means that we find everything important and value it quickly. This often makes it difficult to make choices and set priorities. It is difficult to let go and even if we have already chosen, we still have doubts.
We are trying to meet all expectations and ideal images; we are absorbed by the crowd and we no longer listen to our own inner power and needs. We completely exhaust ourselves …
Empowering yourself must ensure that you start trying new things and persevering if it does not go the way you want immediately. Show that vulnerability is important and good, you will grow from this. Also, it is important to encourage the work of other women in every way possible. There are still many men at top within various industries, we can support by following on FB, LinkedIn, attending webinars etc.
As Lelah Delia states: Women showing up and supporting other women is ancestral and tribal. It speaks to, and nourishes, one of the most foundational aspects of who we are as feminine beings. We gather and sustain one another by nature. And while we are each a powerful force alone, we are all the more powerful when we’re united in sisterhood.