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…
- Empowerment – to give power or authority to; authorize, especially by legal or official means
- 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: