For centuries, women all across the world have struggled to get access to basic human rights. The pace of progress has been different in different countries. While urban women living in developed and developing countries have come a long way in empowerment, rural areas still remain resistant to this concept.
Even in the current day and age, most rural women in India suffer from gender norms that view their roles merely limited to being a mother and a wife. Most women receive almost no formal education or opportunities to become financially independent.
To empower rural women, every society needs to go through the stage of actionable steps to improve the living conditions of rural women and altogether raise rural society.
We have compiled 5 ways in which we can empower rural women:
1. Education & Skill development
Through various government schemes and programs, the enrollment of female children in schools improved over the years. Unfortunately, the dropout rates of women are staggering. As per Save The Children, almost 70% of female students dropout of highschool.
The main reason being the increasing responsibility of housework, lack of proper menstrual hygiene management facilities and unfair gender norms set by society.
To conquer this challenge, we need to develop awareness programs and schemes that address the problems faced by female students and focus on decreasing the dropout rates.
Another step to empower women is providing vocational education and skills development training to match the market needs and obtain employment.
2. Improving representation in communities
Women representation in communities is comparatively much lower than men. Traditional norms often hinder women from participating in policies that concern them. As a result, their needs are barely taken into account.
Therefore, it is crucial to form and support rural women empowerment movements and form policies that require a minimum representation of women in every aspect