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Empowered Women

Many women are living in a pitiable state and they are subjected to gruesome cruelty by means of violence and neglect. They are coerced to follow a dictum.

The woman who holds a dignified posture to carry on with her head high has to go through stressful and strangulating events of life. Many may borrow clichés to sustain the deafening assault of male chauvinism and if you ask the women you would get to know their harrowing tales.

Such women don’t shed tears over their miseries; rather they draw strength from them to build their lives with dignity, with grace or whatever they do to makes sense and move ahead. These women exist, they are real. They are not celebrity, they are ordinary women but with extraordinary resolve to cultivate a place of honour for themselves and their kids. They are focused, very calm and determined.

Many women are living in a state of pity and they are subjected to gruesome cruelty by means of violence and neglect. They are coerced to follow a dictum which to me is more than outragreous treatment to the modesty of a woman. These women are languishing in dark corners of the world and life to them is not less than hell.

Why they are in such situations? Who is responsible for this?

Some of the reasons, which are responsible for this, are:

  1. Abject poverty
  2. Male chauvinism
  3. Domestic violence
  4. Societal norms
  5. Indifferent attitude of the society
  6. Lack of empathy towards women
  7. Lack of strict laws
  8. Ignorance
  9. Lack of education
  10. Lack of economic freedom to woman

All the facts certainly in one way or other facilitate conditions that subject women to intense miseries. In a conventional line of thought it is very easy for academicians to draw a simplistic conclusion of "things are getting better." This is the foundation of a fundamental flaw that is simplistic and the cause of many people to draw a false conclusion regarding this world wide, tragic situation.

The change in the plight of women is therefore conditional to the change in this view. Until such change takes place and they rescind to their fates of miseries. Life is too short for women to have to continue to suffer and wait over the academic optimism. They have to keep and maintain and create a much stronger initiative.

From the dynamics of change the most potent thought which can bring a great shift in any woman’s life is self empowerment. Those women who empower themselves have and can pull out and detach themselves from the hopeless conditions and created a niche in hostile environment. They will then survive and thrive and create a legacy for others to emulate. These women that develop an attitude to take on life with the full might of their courage so as to create this change will create a space in which to grow with hope and dignity.

A woman has immense strength. An empowered woman is a treat to watch as I have witnessed through a gift of being born and raised by an empowered woman; my mother. She believed in herself. So others believed in her. There are many others who too cause wonder in how gracefully they conquer each adversary; against all odds.

I salute them.



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Uttam Gill is a writer for BrooWaha. For more information, visit the writer's website.
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By Barbara MacDonald on March 30, 2012 at 04:28 pm

I have heard unbelievable cruel things which many women have been subjected to...this is not isolated to just women I add...men also can and do get abused...but the majority are women facing this. Society still does not always hold women or children in the esteem to be "equal"...yes we have come a long ways, but still have a long ways to go. I know in Canada our laws regulate many of this issues...(equal pay, occupational choices, parental rights... etc...) Many other countries do not have these laws and guidelines...and yes I know I am blessed to live in this "free" land...

It does not mean that abuse is not going on...what goes on behind closed doors very often is shocking...the whole cycle of abuse is very complicated to understand and often times is a learned behaviour from their own background. Little girls saw their Mother's accepting this treatment and thought somehow it must be acceptable...boys watched their Fathers abuse their Mothers and often then became abusers them selves...but yes the cycle can be broken...Education is key...All the reasons you list are valid...maybe even more so in your country...but yes even here too. Very well written Uttam and thank you for shining a light on this.

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By Uttam Gill on March 30, 2012 at 11:46 pm

Barb who knows better than you...You got a vast experience in social work and certainly you must have helped such women

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By Barbara MacDonald on March 31, 2012 at 11:45 am

Thank you Uttam, yes I have been able to help some women,,,others no...you rightfully say they need to empower themselves and many times the first time they leave, they end up going back...it can take many times before they actually are strong enough to stay away from the abuse...The more you are able to build their self esteem, the more likely they are to move past this abuse...also the practicalities must me put in place...a safe envirorment is imperitive as when they leave it is when they are in the most danger...often they have to relocate and start totally over, leaving family and friends behind...yes they have peace bonds which dictate that the man stay away from them, but often it is worthless...this fear alone keeps many women trapped...

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By Uttam Gill on April 01, 2012 at 10:20 am

We must empower such souls

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By Barbara MacDonald on April 01, 2012 at 02:27 pm

Yes, has been my life's work to do this...I totally agree.

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By Anastasia on April 01, 2012 at 05:34 pm

And I salute you right back. Very well said.

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By Uttam Gill on April 02, 2012 at 09:24 pm

Thanks Barb ...Thanks Ana

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By Betty B. on April 05, 2012 at 05:14 am

abuse is bad,,been there

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