The ability to affect the behaviour of others, with or without restraint, is characterised as power. The extent to which a person or organisation wields such power is proportional to their social influence. “A girl should be two things: who she is and what she wants,” declared French fashion designer Coco Chanel.
The striving for equality between men and women is a worldwide phenomenon. What exists for males is sought for by women. Women make up about half of the world’s population, thus treating them equally helps to propel the development of society as a whole. The man of the house is usually seen as the breadwinner of the family, while the woman is regarded as the homemaker.
Women’s empowerment is thought to be hampered by two major impediments: tradition and culture.
In today’s world, women’s empowerment is viewed as a rather narrow concept. It can be seen as allowing people, particularly women, to gain and wield power funds in order to make their own decisions or to oppose choices taken by others that affect them. When a person has control over a considerable amount of power resources such as personal fortune, education, information, knowledge, social standing, position, leadership, and mobilisation capabilities, she or he is considered to be powerful. Certain techniques for empowering women were proposed in the National Policy on Education (1986). As a result of communal thinking and decision making, women gained empowerment.
One of the world’s great achievements in the last generation has been the tremendous drop in child mortality, which has been cut in half since 1990. Despite this, an estimated 6 million children die each year, most of them for preventable reasons. If children are the foundation of every society, women are unquestionably its most powerful pillars. Despite this, they frequently receive the least amount of attention.
Manav Kalyan Seva Charitable Trust discovered that getting women to engage in free health screenings was significantly more difficult than putting together a team of doctors, volunteers, and supporters while conducting health camps in Delhi’s poorer districts. Even for their own safety, the ladies were hesitant to leave their houses against their husbands’ wishes.
We did, however, come across a number of like-minded and compassionate people who understood us and backed us in our cause. Many of these individuals are still with us now, for which we are immensely grateful. All of this assistance was a blessing in disguise for MKSCT, as the concept of working for the poor, particularly for women and children living in slums and isolated villages, was not widely accepted at the time.