Is woman’s empowerment and woman’s right same thing?

Answer by Raakhee Venugopal:

Thank you for the A2A.

To me, they mean two different things. Definitely related, but different.

Let’s look at the definitions first…

  1. Empowerment – to give power or authority to; authorize, especially by legal or official means
  2. Women’s Rights – rights that promote a position of legal and social equality of women with men.

So, women empowerment basically involves the legal authorization of women to do something, whereas women’s rights is all about getting a social standing that is equal to men in society.

An article on Women Empowerment quotes the following examples:

  • Having decision-making power of their own
  • Having access to information and resources for taking proper decision
  • Having a range of options from which you can make choices (not just yes/no, either/or.)
  • Ability to exercise assertiveness in collective decision making
  • Having positive thinking on the ability to make change
  • Ability to learn skills for improving one’s personal or group power.
  • Ability to change others’ perceptions by democratic means.
  • Involving in the growth process and changes that is never ending and self-initiated
  • Increasing one’s positive self-image and overcoming stigma

Wikipedia quotes common issues related to Women’s Rights as under:

Issues commonly associated with notions of women’s rights include, though are not limited to, the right:

Is woman’s empowerment and woman’s right same thing?

 

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