Priorities in Women Empowerment strategies

I got these questions from a Feminist Panel I was part of so I will share them here. "As you all come from different backgrounds and have different interest areas, What do you think is the biggest issue for women globally?, What should the global feminist movements’ priority be at this point in time?

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  • Roman Girma Teshome
    I think gender-based discrimination and sexual violence is the biggest challenge for women globally. The resisting hostile working and living environment has hindered women from utilizing their potential to the fullest and empower themselves.
  • Out dated customs and traditions negate WEE. Local leaders need to be educated on the importance of empowering women economically.

  • Mary Achieng

    Lack of information hinders women performance, participantion of women  is determined by how informed they are about their rights it helps answer the how? Why? When? And by who? Information is power.

  • Stella Bakibinga
    Socio-cultural barriers are the most pressing in Africa. They affect WEE in all senses and must be addressed if we are to achieve positive results .
  • Stella Bakibinga
    Socio-cultural barriersey affec are the most pressing in Africa. They affect WEE in all senses and must be addressed if we are to achieve positive results .
  • Swati Vempati

    According to me, the biggest issue facing women across the world is the repressive social norms; the single most reason for many inhumanities against women. However, changing social norms/ attitude is very challenging and is a long drawn process. So lets start with what can impact this reason most - education. Changes in educational system to included more girls, more women and impart the ideas and concepts of gender equality to the future generation while enacting it out for the older generation. Another way would be to combine the various efforts; I feel there are many good initiatives but the impact would be much greater if all these forces are brought together.

  • I think that there should be a baseline, a level that all women should achieve in all parts of the world. Women empowerment is different or it is at different levels of development in different parts of the world. Perhaps we should aim as a community to achieve an equal level of women empowerment all over the world.

    As you say Michel, perhaps the first priority should be to do global efforts to bring access to education to all women all over the world.

  • Michel Choto

    In my personal view i think the biggest priority should be elimination of  girl child marriages.According to girlsnotbirdes.org Each year 15million girls are married before they reach the age of 18, and globally 30% of girls are married before they reach 18. I believe that we need to deal with this issue of girl child marriages. In Sub-sahara Africa 40% of girls are married before they reach 18, this is 2 in every 5 girls. What is the solution? I think keeping girls in schools is the solution. If girls are educated they are able to make wiser decisions regarding their lives, delay marriage and child bearing and become employable thereby support themselves and their families. 

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