Since Gender Equality is a Human Right, Women Empowerment becomes the first step, the first truly innovative and decisive action to be taken in an old, tired and sick world like ours.
For millennia women have been killed, abused, harassed, enslaved, mistreated, mutilated, beaten, intimidated; burned at the stake, stoned as sinners, left behind in their intellectual and professional growth, raped, forced into sexual favors to get a job or to grow in their career; they have been sold as a bargaining chip during wars and are deprived of their reproductive rights in many countries. The women's rights have been trampled on; women and girls are offended in every place and in any moment without mercy.
We have been talking about Women Empowerment for some years now, but this topic has always been seen as segmental, concerning only girls and women, it has never been seen as a global topic, concerning whole society, as it is indeed.
Women Empowerment is essential to build stronger economies, to achieve internationally agreed goals for development and sustainability and to improve the quality of life for women, men, families and communities.
Women Empowerment means gender equality, since there is a serious inequality between women and men in every sphere of our life. Women Empowerment is not a segmental need, but a solution to the great problems that afflict the world.
For many years there have been various and concrete proposals made by illustrious minds with the aim of saving the world from catastrophe, precisely the environmental catastrophe, but it seems so difficult to implement them. How can we avoid the environmental catastrophe and save the world if we have lost the feelings of love and compassion that are the pillars of our humanity? How can we love the environment and the others if we kill ourselves every day, stifling our dreams and learning how to survive in a corrupt and cruel society? We have hardened our hearts, forgotten our humane origins; we got used to acting like machines. If we don't start to humanize ourselves, if we don't remember who we are at our core and not who we have become through our frustrations, there would be no hope for humankind's survival
The process of Women Empowerment can change this self-destructive trajectory and build a better world where life and love are the basis of our society. Girls and women should be empowered, they should be helped to take the lead alongside men and bring the ship called Humanity to a safe harbor. Women Empowerment is all about that, it's the only key to Humanize the World!
Women know the deep meaning of caring. They know how to take care of people and everything that surrounds them without condemning or discriminating. It is therefore only women who would know how to take care of world's populations and the environment in these dark times of humanitarian and climate emergency.
Women are mothers, they are full of feelings of empathy, love and compassion; they know how to forgive and to rebuild after ruins of wars and natural disasters. In fact, women would be less prone to war conflicts and more open to dialogue between peoples in order to achieve peace. Having more women sitting at the negotiating table is certainly an advantage for our aggressive and self- destructive civilization. Women would never send their sons to war, and are tired of burying their husbands and children killed in war conflicts over the centuries. Women Empowerment means ceasefire, eliminating weapons from the face of the earth, living in peace and equality, happy to enjoy the family hearth and to grow as individuals in a humane, stable and healthy world.
The time has come for Women Empowerment to grow as a global movement in order to get more women into leadership positions in business and politics. More women should run for office and be elected. Women Empowerment ensures that women and girls have control over their lives and are able to participate actively in social, political and economic domains, taking part of the decision-making process.
There is a saying that goes: "Behind every great man there is a great woman." From now on that saying changes to: "By the side of every great man there is a great woman and by the side of every great woman there is a great man."
Amatar Foundation is committed to making Women Empowerment a concrete reality in order for gender equality to be achieved during our lifetime.