- Posted August 24, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Impact Your World
Thinking about Rural Woman !
Empowerment for Women : Rural Woman.
Empowerment is a process that aims at creating the conditions for the self determination/self belief of particular people.
Today, I would like to take this article to a different direction. I know most of my readers are literate internet users. But we must understand that there is a big section of our global society who are underprivileged and may not use internet.
But as concerned citizens we also need to think about them and it is important to seek measures for their up-liftment and empowerment. So if we talk about women empowerment we also have to consider women living in rural areas of our society, only then we shall bring real empowerment of women on our globe.
Every Country is speaking about economic and inclusive growth but rural areas and agriculture have largely been bypassed and as a consequence the ratio of rural to urban poverty has increased today.
This has made important for Rural society to make sure their income is enough to sustain a healthy and progressive families. Which today is only possible with increase in income of the family. With limited means and skills it has become more important that women in the rural society takes role of income generator and stand besides their man.
Even though it is apparent that women should take part as a second income generator but they face many problems like most common the Women and girls are restricted from mobility, access to education, health facilities and experience violence at community and household levels. The situation is changing in urban areas but in comparison rural women are still facing inequality and injustice.
Although women are involved in the production of 50% of food commodities consumed by our country as a field labor but still women enjoy an unfavorable status in the society.Measures need to be taken where women can think and perform independent as a second income generator for her family.
Today, the emphasis should be given on ensuring the benefits of development in the different sectors of opportunities for women and that women must be able to function as equal partners in development process.
Women have been neglected throughout the years in every field social, culture or economic and when it comes to rural women, the negligence is in greater quantity.
In rural societies and elsewhere women empowerment is an imperative issue. For the holistic development of women, an inter sect-oral approach is needed, which will end exploitation and discrimination against women enabling them to develop their full potential.
Urban women may be more aware and empowered about their rights in comparison to rural women who have the history of living depressed life in the hands of male members.
We know that women are a nucleus of a family not only in rural areas but in urban areas too. She manages all the household and works more than 15 hours. Despite t hat their contribution is being ignored since generations.
Rural women are being denied of their rights and are being ignored in the family due to the following reasons:
1. Lack of Education
2. Non Access to Health Facilities
3. Perception of having lack of income generation capacities.
4. Control by Men
5. Gender Inequality
These are some suggested ways and approaches to rural women empowerment:
1. Educational Empowerment
2. Economic Empowerment
3. Social Empowerment
4. Capacity Building
We all have to break this wall of biased thinking about women in our society. United Nations has taken a step forward by declaring October 15th as "The Rural Woman Day". Women cannot be treated as one's personal help or servant in a family.
Women can help themselves by forming Self Help Groups or SHG. Government gives loan to these SHG and after sometime when they have enough money, they return the money back to the government. This scheme was first started in Bangladesh Gramin Bank.
Please do not confuse yourself about empowerment. It is just the development of self belief. It is not about demonstration of your power to men but it is all about your confidence that is in the time of need you can equally participate in the welfare of your family.
In a Typical Family, Association between man and woman is an unspoken agreement between both which states that, A Women must handle all the household work and the kids while the husband must earn for the family.
Empowerment means that women become confidently about the fact that they can also earn for the family and can be one of the income generator during the time of need.
Also If a woman has extra time she can earn for the family by sewing clothes, selling some handmade delicacy or something she is good at.
Women should be given the right to equally participate in the decision making for the family. She should not be dependent on her man. She must be able to handle problems on her own. She must be treated as an individual in the family.
Women should also actively participate in the national development. Empowerment also means to remove the feeling that you are inferior to someone.
Today We need to ask one important question : Women is involved in equal labor with her man does she gets equal right as her man?
Both Man and woman are bound by the unspoken agreement. This should be honored by both man and woman for the harmonious existence of the society.