Women’s day is celebrated on March 8 every year to recognize women’s achievements and contributions made to society. From time immemorial, women from all walks of life around the world have been discriminated against, denied justice, equality and rights. Lets’ make this women’s day a little different by taking some steps towards women empowerment.
Small steps taken by everyone in the society will bring about a substantial change, some of them could be:
Right to Education
Women are still denied education in many households unfortunately because it is believed that they are supposed to perform only household chores. Male chauvinism and lack of funds are usually the reasons behind uneducated girls. Do your bit by encouraging them to study or help them with funds, whatever possible! And don’t limit yourself just to the women of your house, widen your area for this noble work. This goes for the women also who are in a position to make a change in someone’s life.
Right to Work
A country that treats its women as equal to men is on the path of general prosperity. Motivate women to be self-reliant. Even if due to some reason, women of the house cannot go out to work, a lot of opportunities have emerged for ‘work from home’. They can take assignments based on your choice of field and the time available in hand.
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Women’s Day – Empower women
Freedom to make decisions
Let them be their own bosses and give them the freedom to choose what is right and wrong for them. Start with small changes such as choosing what they want to study, the career they want to pursue, or for that matter what to wear, how to talk, or how to react to situations.
Advocate a safe working environment
Predominantly, changes are required about thinking and attitude towards females. If we successfully create safe working spaces for women then people would not object to sending their daughters, sisters, and wives to work. It is not only the responsibility of the management but of everyone working, even women, to make other women feel safe.
Mentor girls/women near your home
Anyone can take charge and start small. Motivate, mentor and tutor a girl or woman living in your vicinity. They could be anyone from your household help to their children, to girls from not so well-to-do families whose parents do not want to send them to school. Teach one, teach all!
Encourage women to lead
Women need to take charge and lead by example. Let there be more women leaders across verticals at the workplace to make it safer for other women to work and grow. There’s still a long way to go in getting at least 50%, if not equal, women leaders .
Invest in women-owned business
Help a budding businesswoman by encouraging her and providing a helping hand whichever way you can. Our Government is also offering special schemes and loans for women entrepreneurs. The Venture Capital funds and the private equity funds investing in startups should also intentionally look for and invest in startups run by women.
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