This ‘Essay on Women Empowerment in India’ explains how the Indian women have transformed herself from the role of a housekeeper to the decision-maker. Read to know the initiatives taken by the Government to bring gender equality in India.
Women’s Day 2020
A woman is a complete circle in herself. Within her lies the power to create and transform a new life. It is high time that women’s rights are recognised. It is evident from this year’s (2020) International Women’s day theme – ‘I am Generation Equality’: Realising Women’s Rights.
New-age women entrepreneurs are all set to become the change-makers. The transition from her traditional status to current scenario is applaudable.
Traditional Role of Women
Historically, women’s role was confined to child bearing and housekeeping. Men reserved the money earning part for them. In this way men earned the title of bread earner for the family. Ladies were treated as weak and a burden on the family because household chores do not add to the GDP (Gross Domestic Product) of any nation.
Women in India
Indian women can be studied under two categories. Let’s consider first the group that belongs to the richer section of the society. The ladies of this category are well educated and have got some respect in their family for the sake of society. But, the real decision-making powers are still the sole property of men. Women of the house have to follow the traditional obligations. Very few men can accept their wife’s superiority.
The second group is occupied by the ladies living in slum areas. For example wage earners, home maids and sweepers. Most of them are illiterate or very less educated. They have to bear physical and mental torture in their families.
Problems Faced By Working Women in India
We tend to believe that the ladies working outside their house are well aware of their basic rights because they are literate. In fact, they face many problems regarding working hours, comfortable work environment, sexual harassment, maternity issues, child care etc. On the other hand, the second category of ladies is exploited by their husbands at home and by male colleagues at work.
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Government’s Initiatives for Women Empowerment
Indian government understands the plight of women. Government has come up with various reforms in laws related to women. As a result, we have seen an increase in the number of women professionals in private as well as public organizations.
Government has come up with the establishment of crutches, Day Care Center and similar support systems which are empowering women to face new challenges.
Amendments to the ‘Maternity Benefit Act’ and ‘Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace Act’ have added to the powers of working women. Similarly, the ‘Factories Act’ and The shops and establishments Act’ confirm that the women workers at industries are not teased or exploited by their male counterparts.
It is heartening to see how women today have progressed in every field- they are throned on high political levels, running banks, IT companies, managing businesses, hotel chains and the list goes on.
Changing Role of Women in India
Women symbolises power and resistance. She has transformed herself from meal maker to deal maker and from bread maker to bread earner. We can see today’s women are not working just out of financial obligation. Rather, they want to show their true potential to the world. They improve their financial and social status by their own income. Success of one woman motivates thousands others.
Women Empowerment Essay Conclusion
Maintaining a balance between home and office is not a cake walk. But, women have proved to the world that everything is achievable with determination, courage, confidence and high will power.
In India almost 49% of the population is females. How can a country progress leaving its half of the workforce bound behind the walls of home? Status of women of a country depicts the level of development in that country. After decades it is clearly visible that women are empowering because they have started living on their own terms.
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|Confined||Restricted to certain things|
|Colleagues||people working with you in the same office|
|Exploited||take unfair benefit from somebody|
|Decade||a period of ten years|