Gordon Parks, photographer, Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division

 

Girl empowerment is one of the key pillars of the feminist campaign that seeks for gender equality. The empowerment of girls is an approach that is aimed at making the girl child stronger in various aspects of life. It is a common thing for girls to feel intimidated by male chauvinism in their day-to-day lives. People who champion for empowerment encourage girls to feel equal to the boys. This is a way of making girls feel that they also matter in the society, and they can do anything that pertains success (“Because I am a Girl”, Para 1). The empowerment organizations are usually NGO’s that are funded to carry out various activities that aim at helping the girl child in a society. Governments and other partners collaborate to enhance gender equality, especially in highly chauvinist societies.

Most of the problems that girls face in society are usually connected with how they are treated by their male counterparts. For instance, superstitious beliefs about girls affect the way they perceive themselves. Cultural and religious beliefs also make it difficult for girls to be equal to boys, in many parts of the world. It is a common thing for girls to be taken as weaker than boys in Math or Sports. However, with encouragements, there are many girls who have succeeded in fields that were previously reserved for the male gender (“Girls for a change”, Para 7). This is what has been encouraging campaigners to uplift the spirit of girls as much as possible and enhance the involvement of girls in more activities, in the society. There are more people involved in the empowerment of girls today than in the previous years, due to the extent of awareness.

The history of women has played a significant role in today’s freedom of girls, in many parts of the world (Lerner 74). Feminism originated from the need to fight for equal rights with men in society. For instance, women started fighting for the right to take part in the political processes of their countries such as voting and to assume political roles (Teresa 192). The success of women in acquiring the right to vote encouraged them to go for even more rights. Another thing that women fought for was right to own property and right to attend school. These privileges were only meant for the well-off male members of the society.

The empowerment of girls today is inspired by what the feminists of many years ago championed. Nonetheless, the fight for equality for the girl child has a lot of things to correct. The issues that girls face in society differ from place to place. There are places where girls cannot access education, hence lack of employment in the future. In some places, girls face the problem of forced marriage and labor while others undergo Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) (Momoh 2). Nevertheless, even with all the oppression against the girl child in various parts of the world, governments and societies are embracing the welfare of the female gender. This means that the future is promising fruits for girl child empowerment efforts.

Works Cited

“Because I am  Girl”. http://becauseiamagirl.ca/about-us. Plan. 2014. Web, 23, Feb. 2014.

Lerner, Gerda. Living with History/making Social Change. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2009. Print.

Momoh, Comfort. Female Genital Mutilation. Oxford: Radcliffe Pub, 2005. Print.

Murphy, Teresa A. Citizenship and the Origins of Women’s History in the United States. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013. Internet resource.