Why Does Women’s Empowerment Matter?

Women’s empowerment is important for several reasons. First, it is a matter of human rights. Women have the right to equal opportunities and to live their lives free from discrimination and violence. Second, it is essential for sustainable development. Empowering women leads to better health and education outcomes, increased productivity, and stronger economies. Third, it is critical for achieving gender equality. Women empowerment ensures that women have a voice and are represented in decision-making processes.

 We achieve women’s empowerment? With some of key strategies:

  1. Education: Education is one of the most powerful tools for women empowerment. By ensuring that girls have access to quality education, we can help break the cycle of poverty and promote economic opportunities for women. Education also increases women’s ability to make informed decisions about their lives and health.
  2. Economic Empowerment: Economic empowerment involves providing women with access to resources and opportunities that will enable them to earn a living and support their families. This includes providing access to credit, training, and entrepreneurship opportunities.
  3. Legal Reforms: Legal reforms that promote gender equality and protect women’s rights are critical for women empowerment. This includes laws that criminalize gender-based violence and discrimination, and that ensure women’s equal access to property and inheritance rights.
  4. Social Norms Change: Social norms that perpetuate gender inequality must be challenged and changed. This involves promoting gender-sensitive attitudes and behaviors and breaking down stereotypes that limit women’s opportunities.

A recent needs assessment done by Child Hope Development Organization shows two promising income-generating activities that could be implemented to address the abject poverty of these communities and especially empower the women who are the ones responsible for taking care of the family and children as per their culture and tradition.

The two income-generating activities are agribusiness farming and the hand-making of bead bracelets and beads-related products, an activity that the majority of them are already undertaking but which needs improvement and some additional basic training about it so as to add value and make it more marketable.

Although women farmers work hard, many remain poor due to multiple factors one of the factors for this reality in Tanzania is the lack of relevant required skills and knowledge to boost their incomes, economic resilience, and other socio-economic challenges.

An intervention in the entrepreneurial, agribusiness, and business knowledge and skills is hence a needed intervention if such rural women like the Maasai targeted women are to be supported to fight poverty and improve their family and community livelihoods.