Objectively, women have been flagrantly relegated to the background and have become anonymous in most progressive nations of the world. Women are being subjected to adhere to certain socially constructed norms. For instance, in certain societies, girls are being denied their educational rights and are only seen as beneficial in domestic chores. This can also be seen in professional career choices, as society perceives that science and technology, politics, engineering should only be done by men. Consequently, this has not contributed positively to nation-building.
Serena Williams is great in the game of Tennis, Megan Rapinoe is a star in soccer, Oprah Winfrey is a successful TV personality, to mention only but a few women who are already gaining momentum in contributing to the society, that is of course, proud of them now and have broken themselves free from the chains of stereotypes.
Panacea to gender inequality
Around the globe, Philia is ensuring drastic measures are taken to tackle the issue of inequality that has become cancerous to the cells of economic growth. Globally, governments should implement policies to curb gender inequality in society.
Moreso, women should be allowed to participate as men in political power struggles. That is to say, women should be able to lead a nation politically and economically.
Furthermore, women should be given adequate mentorship for them to become successful in any entrepreneurial skill development of their choice.
Moreover, there should be campaigns for advocating the protection of the rights of women as they have a high propensity of remitting to others in society.
How women drive society
”When women are empowered and claim their rights and access to land, leadership, opportunities, and choices, economies grow, food security is enhanced and prospects are improved for current and future generations”. These are not Philia words but those of Michelle Bachelet, under Secretary-General of UN women.
For a society to attain holistic development, it would be irrational for women to be excluded in contributing their own quota to the economy of a nation. Women are indeed – the driving factor of a society, no society can achieve economic growth that is sustainable without empowering women. When women are empowered they have an immense contribution to the education, health and welfare sectors of the society.
Due to gender stereotypes, women are usually undervalued and less respected and have few opportunities on their choice of a lifestyle.
However, men suffer too, as men are supposed to be seen as the physically stronger ones that should protect and provide for the family. This has resulted in a negative pattern for society, thereby, creating a wide gap in gender inequality.
Statistically, the population of women to men is very high when compared globally. It is and will be a huge disservice to any nation pursuing growth and development to sideline women. Therefore, if the majority of women are empowered, the economy of a nation would skyrocket significantly.
In most progressive nations, women are subordinates, less valued, and less respected. This fact indicates that closing the gap of gender inequality in a society is a failure.
A woman that is inspired is a woman that has been empowered. A woman that has been given a voice in society. A woman that has the opportunity to explore and utilize her potential. An empowered woman is the one that has increased participation in the supply chain of economic activities.
Women should be allowed to make waves in technological industries, food production, natural resources management, energy and climate change, domestic wellness, and particularly, entrepreneurial work.
To bolster economic growth and gender inclusion, women should not be denied good job opportunities and the resources they should have access to in order for them to get a well-paid job.
The generic assumption that men contribute greatly to society is porous. Evidently, men are physically stronger than women, however, women bear the brunt in nation-building as they are at the centre of caring for children, youths, and even men that the labor force favors more than women as women still experience wage gaps in salaries paid to them in certain organisations.
Women and societal growth
The empowerment of women creates a ripple effect. The easiest way for any nation to have a feasible growth and development is for women to be included in nation-building and gender inequality has to be dealt with at the grass-root level completely. Research conducted by Philia has it that empowered women are more likely to increase the propensity at which they contribute their quota to the society, in other words, if women are given the necessities required for the development of their skills in their chosen career, they will be faster at inspiring the children and youths in the society who are mostly constituting menace in the society, as the children and youths are majorly involved in the creation of social and political upheavals as a result of poverty, unemployment and lack of future ambition, so this can be curtailed by the onerous act of women empowerment. As well educated women train up well-educated children and youths, but an empowered woman brings greater advantages to herself and to society at large.
Empirically proven is what a man can do a woman can do better. If more women are empowered, the GDP of a nation would increase greatly as the bulk of nation-building will not be solely done by men.
In conclusion, Philia indicates that the influence of entrepreneurial skills development, high level of educational attainment, and protection of rights of women are incremental factors for driving positive changes in society.
Written by Allison Eyube
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