As India strives toward equal rights, a change in the perceptions of men and women
is needed to reduce gender disparity.

In simple terms, empowerment means giving power or authority to an individual.
Women in Indian society have come a long way from the days of being worshipped
as goddesses to being molested and harassed—gruesome domestic violence cases,
acid attacks and rapes.

Statistics pertaining to crimes against women have been comprehensively recorded
and collated by the National Crimes Records Bureau under various headlines such as
trafficking, dowry deaths and rapes. These statistics are alarming. It is imperative for
all Indians to tackle these problems and improve initiatives and legislation that
empower women and girls.

It is crucial to sensitize men and boys at a young age, so they become an integral
part in bringing about a transformation on women empowerment in Indian
society. When men start respecting women and accepting them as equals, a lot
of gender-based inequalities will reduce considerably. Hence, the efforts put
forth by the public and private sectors have to be complemented with gender
sensitization initiatives.

A gradual change is now visible in modern-day India, and this can be seen in large
cities. Women now have diverse professions as doctors, engineers, entrepreneurs, pilots, taxi drivers and police officers. They have found employment in fields that have been traditionally considered male-dominated.

Though women have outshined in every field, they still face discrimination at almost every level of employment. Gender bias is evident from the lack of workplace promotions to lack of basic sanitation facilities for female drivers in India.

Even though Indian women face numerous hurdles and challenges, it has not
deterred their confidence and enthusiasm to bring about a powerful social change. They are forging a new path toward achieving social and economic empowerment.