Empowering Women: How Far Along Are We in Implementing Gender Equality

Empowering Women

Empowering WomenAmidst all the cacophony about women’s rights and gender equality, people often mistake the perspective of power. It is not men or the society who has the power to “give” or “allow” women to be equal and capable as they have always been more than diligent in proving their rights to be on the same level as men. The only thing that remains is how long society is going to take to fully accept this matter. It’s been a long time since the concept of female empowerment had been introduced, and since then we have witnessed one after another introduction of brilliant female personalities who stood up to established canons and fought for effective equality. However, access to the labor market, family reconciliation, the wage gap, or the glass ceiling remain real problems. According to the 2020 Bloomberg report Gender Equality Index, only 6% of female professionals hold CEO positions. According to the study Global Gender Gap Report of the World Economic Forum (2020), only 18.2% of women hold positions on boards of directors or business leadership, despite constituting half of the workforce. Therefore, both governments and companies must intervene in this objective towards effective equality between men and women, banishing prejudices and social clichés.

The advantages of female leadership are that they always come up with unique ways of solving any kind of issues that arise as well as they bring quick management quality to the table. They excel in persuasion, negotiation, and general communication. One female leader empowers many more women to be inspired and the empowered woman influences her environment. Not only does she have the professional skills to design her own path, but she also has the necessary attitude to pass her empowerment along at all levels and become a reference. Women’s economic empowerment includes women’s ability to participate equally in existing markets; their access to and control over productive resources, access to decent work, control over their own time, lives, and bodies; and increased voice, agency, and meaningful participation in economic decision-making at all levels from the household to international institutions.

So, it can be concluded that women’s empowerment refers to the awareness among people that women can be the owner of their operations and also have the ability to lead others successfully. It is not always necessary that they will have to follow the traditional path of the male leadership rules, but they can put their feminine qualities to use and come up with new and unique ideas to lead the team to success.

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