Women’s Empowerment: Concepts and Contexts
1. Introduction: some facts on the situation of women
2.Women empowerment: an historical background
3.The Gender gap and gender equality
4.Women Empowerment: Multiple Aspects
5.Conclusion: some policy recommendation
Introduction: some facts
Before analyzing in details the meaning and signicance of women’s empowerment,
we need to provide a brief account on women’s situation. This will help us evaluate thefundamental importance of the issue and the immensity of the task at hand facing bothgovernments and civil society at the national and international levels.
Existing data reported by various United Nations specialized agencies reveal a gloomy
picture regarding women’s situation. Women constitute more than 50 percent of the poorest people in the world today with responsibilities to feed and take care of wholefamilies. These are direct bread winners toiling mainly in agriculture, but also in a largevariety of productive activities and services in the crowded urban and slum areas of the megacities.