Amri Helping Hands Society organized Awareness Programme on Women's empowerment on 27 April, 2019 at Umpanai Village, West Karbi Anglong. The program started at 12 am. The reason we have to make this awareness program was to uplift marginalized women in the communities and to help them empowered .
The program was chaired by Mrs Binolin Phangchopi as she welcomes all the invited guest. In our midst we had Mrs Helvelyn Timungpi , Executive Member of Karbi Anglong Magazine, Chief Editor, Drongo Express, Mrs Marylyn Madar, Principal of Green Valley Academy, Umswai, Ms Bicillica Phangchopi, Advocate High Court and our participants were from different villages of Amri Block.
Mrs Binolin Phangchopi, President AHHS in her speech mentioned that the program was about Women Empowerment, She also explain the process that creates power in individuals over their own lives, society, and in their communities. People are empowered when they are able to access the opportunities available to them without limitations and restrictions. Feeling entitled to make your own decisions creates a sense of empowerment. Empowerment includes the action of raising the status of women through education, raising awareness, literacy, and training. Women's empowerment is all about equipping and allowing women to make life-determining decisions through the different problems in society.
Ms Bicillica Phangchopi, Advocate High Court also spoke on Right to equality, Sexual Harassment, Article 21 and Right against domestic violence and Child Marriage. Our participants had an interaction and asked question on how to deal when such problems arise. So the program had help them to acquire knowledge and strategy to address such kind of issue with the people.
Mrs Helvelyn Timungpi mentioned that Women Empowerment is the process in which women elaborate and recreate what it is that they can be, do, and accomplish in a circumstance that they previously were denied. Empowerment can be defined in many ways, however, when talking about women’s empowerment, empowerment means accepting and allowing people (women) who are on the outside of the decision-making process into it. “This puts a strong emphasis on participation in political structures and formal decision-making and, in the economic sphere, on the ability to obtain an income that enables participation in economic decision-making.”
She also stated that” Education is the key to development”
Mrs Marylyn Madar, Principal of Green Valley Academy, Umswai stated that parents must not make a difference between a boy and a girl child. One day the girl child can bring change to a society. We must educate girl child and make a difference. She mentioned that , women empowerment is the process for women to redefine gender roles that allows for them to acquire the ability to choose between known alternatives whom have otherwise been restricted from such an ability. There are several principles defining women's empowerment such as, for one to be empowered, they must come from a position of disempowerment. Furthermore, one must acquire empowerment themselves rather than have it given to them by an external party.
Women empowerment has become a significant topic of discussion in development and economics. It can also point to the approaches regarding other trivialized genders in a particular political or social context.
The program ended with a words of thanks from Mrs Binolin Phangchopi, President AHHS.