A development professional recounts his experiences and ponders on the meaning of empowerment –
She told me that empowerment was not just weekly meetings and discussions; it was not just about laws, demanding our rights, and seeking out our entitlements. She said for a woman, it was also about providing the physical, emotional and the intellectual space and freedom for allowing all these things to happen in a conducive environment.
The author quotes a woman (above) after describing an entire day spent with her. Not a new story, this one – just a reminder of how critical basic services are in improving the lives of people.