Women Empowerment assignment for Applicants group
To me, empowerment is simply helping oneself or another person to realise the power that lies within them. I see it as something that goes from within to without. Women empowerment could take different forms, it could be done through education or providing access to information for women. However, in my opinion it is essentially a process that involves helping these women to look inside themselves and find the value that lies within.
The story I will share is a sad one. A friend of mine confided in me how her boyfriend nearly raped her and repeatedly coerces her to perform sexual acts that she is uncomfortable with. I listened to her without judgement and asked her some questions. i was careful not to seat in judgement, instead i encouraged her subtly to judge the situation and articulate what she needed to do. She identified for herself that evening how, her boyfriend had no right to subject her to such treatment. Beyond that she made a decision to get out of the relationship. she left my place happier.
The sad part is the DIFFICULTY I had. She has not opted out of the relationship yet. She is still with the boy and she looks unhappy everytime I see her. She has also distanced herself from me. She avoids getting into conversations about this issue. I simply don't know how to reach her anymore.