What Does Empowerment Mean to you?

What Does Empowerment Mean to you?

By Amanda Hart GWEM EIC

I think somewhere in the back of my mind, the five of us are trying to save the world in one way or another. Our staff writers and interns are so passionate about what they believe in that I sometimes am awed by their willingness to participate in my goal to spread awareness and global friendship in regard to women’s empowerment. My staff’s passions are blooming educationally with some in psychology while others in biology and human services. With the combination of unique traits that each staff writer or intern bring, I am allowed to relish their opinion about empowerment from new ways.

In every interview, we always start by asking, ” What Does Empowerment mean to you?” You would think this would be such a straight forward answer. At least , that’s what I thought, until I realized it wasn’t. As we began to talk to different educators or activists, we learned that empowerment, or the act of being empowered depended on how that woman or community was uniquely dis-empowered. The mindset of empowerment is different depending on cultural context , politics, family practices, traditions, religion and more.

I encourage readers to explore this topic further of empowerment. What does empowerment mean to you? The definition of empowerment :

em·pow·er·ment/əmˈpouərmənt/ Learn to pronounce nounnoun: empowerment; plural noun: empowerments

  1. authority or power given to someone to do something.”individuals are given empowerment to create their own dwellings”
    • the process of becoming stronger and more confident, especially in controlling one’s life and claiming one’s rights.”political steps for the empowerment of women”

Being empowered is not just a feminist agenda, it is a human rights initiative. Take some time to think about how you can empower yourself in your current circumstances. What steps can you take to be more empowered as a female? If you are not ready to take control of your situation, what obstacles are you facing that are dis empowering you? In our December edition of GWEM, which we have for free on this website, read Rhobi Samwelly’s Story about how she found her courage, and what empowerment means to her as she fights against FGM in Tanzania. Rhobi’s raw passion and drive are truly inspiring.

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