Gender Equality & Women Empowerment in Shekhawati
Category - 01 : Local Leaders
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Gender Equality and Empowering Women is the 5th Sustainable Development Goal of United Nation. This Goal aims to wipe out every kind of discrimination and violence against women in the public and private sphere. It also targets empowerment of women to attain equal rights to economy.

Why is it important ?

Gender equality is very much important, if we want to establish a world which is peaceful and progressive. Women must enjoy all the opportunities to get education and rights to represent country in all the fields. The practice of including women in decision-making process will be greatly beneficial to humanity in terms of eradication of poverty and progress at economic front.

Motivational and inspirational quotes and proverbs related to gender equality can be used to create an awareness regarding gender equality.

8th march is also known as International Women’s Day. The following are the quotes and proverbs which can inspire people to bring gender equality and women empowerment not only in words, but in actions too. These quotes signify the importance of International Women’s Day. -

"Human rights are women’s rights, and women’s rights are human rights." - Hillary Clinton
No matter what one’s opinion is of Hillary Clinton, the importance of this quote still stands. Women having rights is one of the most important facets of any society. Women’s rights fall under the category of human rights, because when women have rights, then all of society benefits.

"No country can ever truly flourish if it stifles the potential of its women and deprives itself of the contributions of half its citizens." - Michelle Obama
Michelle Obama is known for her strength and outspokenness on many different issues, such as women’s rights and health. She was already an established lawyer long before she was First Lady of the United States.
She was the most educated First Lady in US history, and the only First Lady to hold degrees from two Ivy League universities. Therefore, it was important to include a quote from her.
This quote shows that including women in society will have many benefits, meanwhile, prohibiting women from doing certain things and not going forward will have a negative impact on any nation, because half of the nation is not allowed to succeed.
If any nation wants to move forward, then it needs to make use of all its human resources- women and men together.

"If you educate a man you educate an individual, but if you educate a woman you educate a family (nation)." - Dr. James Emmanuel Kwegyir-Aggrey
This is an African proverb that has been attributed to a Ghanaian scholar named Dr. James Emmanuel Kwegyir-Aggrey. The importance of this proverb is self-explanatory; since we now know of the value of an education, all people should have access to it, whether they are male or female.
Women, however, tend to spend more time in their young children’s lives. Thus, if a woman is educated, she is more likely to pass on her knowledge to her children, hence why the quote states that women’s education can educate entire families and therefore, nations.

"Gender equality is critical to the development and peace of every nation." - Kofi Annan

"Achieving gender equality requires the engagement of women and men, girls and boys. It is everyone's responsibility." - Ban Ki – moon

"I measure the progress of a community by the degree of progress which women have achieved." - Dr. B. R. Ambedkar

Gender equality and Empowering women is everyone’s responsibility, and is an important issue that we all must take into consideration. If we empower women, then we can see lots of positive changes in our world.

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