Sindiswa Thwala Coffee Time Talk - The Term Empowerment Naturally Presupposes a Sense of Powerlessness; Doesn’t it?

Well, with women it has been rightly so. As we look back at the centuries we find many dark ages where women in different lands were suppressed, treated as commodities, with no voice in decision-making and no role in deciding how social and community life evolved. But empowerment of women made a radical change in the whole situation.

And this change has come about not without its struggles and sacrifices, protests and conflicts. This transformation passed through many difficulties when those who led with a vision to emancipate women were often viewed with suspicion from within the ranks of women themselves and opposed by the male-dominated hierarchies. 

Even today there are ripples and reflections of these tendencies. One can never say the world has seen gender equality and the rights of women championed in the fullest sense.

But change did come. 

From powerlessness, women have come to recognize that they are individuals made in God’s image and likeness just like men; and are valuable and precious in God’s eyes. They have come to celebrate their differences from men not as a reason for subjugation, but as a joyous gift of God to give active support and contribution to the family first, to the workplace next, and the community at large in a broader sphere.
Sindiswa Thwala Coffee Time Talk
 Sindiswa Thwala Coffee Time Talk
In all these areas women have risen to greatness and power by utilizing available resources and increasing their influence in the decision-making process. The key to this change has been literacy and education. Economic freedom came through women finding employment in different spheres like nursing, teaching, management, and the like. Today, women have made their presence felt in the field of police, defence, sports, space exploration,* research and development, social work, and many other fields as well.

But all this was not enough as they had to have political empowerment which especially came through right for women to vote through some tough campaigning. Emmeline Pankhurst who helped women win the right to vote in Britain cannot be forgotten. Perhaps a day will come when the most awaited 50% reservation for women in Parliament would become a reality. 

If that happens it will be a grand day when the voice of women will ring out more loud and clear in the central hall of the world’s largest democracy.
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