“There is no chance for the welfare of the world unless the condition of women is improved; it is not possible for a bird to fly on only one wing”. – Swami Vivekananda
There is no denying the fact that women in India have made a considerable progress in almost seven decades of Independence, but they still have to struggle against many handicaps and social evils in the male-dominated society. Many evil and masculine forces still prevail in the modern Indian Society that resists the forward march of its women folk.
The inclusion of Women Empowerment as one of the prime goals in the eight Millennium Development goals underscores the relevance of this fact. Thus, in order to achieve the status of a developed country, India needs to transform its colossal women force into an effective human resource and this is possible only through the empowerment of women.
Empowering women to participate fully in economic life across all sectors is essential to build stronger economies, achieve internationally agreed goals for development and sustainability, and improve the quality of life for women, men, families, and communities.
Women empowerment means emancipation of women from the vicious grips of social, economical, political, caste and gender based discrimination. It means granting women the freedom to make life choices.