Women’s empowerment is the process in which women elaborate and enhance what they can be, what they can accomplish in a circumstance that they may have previously been deprived of. Empowerment refers to increasing the political, social or economic strength of the individual or the community and it often involves the individual developing confidence in their own capacities.
The prolonged humanitarian crisis in Syria has resulted in overwhelming consequences for both girls and women, with issues ranging from food insecurity, loss of educational opportunities, a scarcity in the health services, and high rates of gender-based violence, women and girls are facing the burden of the crisis.
As a result of men either having been killed, injured, forced to flee the country or joined in the fighting women are now the decision-makers and breadwinners in almost one in three households. Women in Syria make up 49.4% of Syria’s population, and a proportion of them have now become active participants not only in everyday life, but also in the socio-political fields.
Women empowerment focuses on women achieving the following:
- Having decision-making power of their own
- Having access to information and resources enabling decision making
- Having options from which one can make choices
- Ability to exercise assertiveness in collective decision making
- Positive thinking on the ability to make a difference
- Have the ability to learn new skills in order to improving one’s self
- Having the skills to change others’ perceptions in a democratic manner
- Being involved in the growth process
- Increasing one’s positive self-image and overcoming the cultural stigma
Women Empowerment in LDO
The Local Development Organization has taken on many initiatives in promoting women equality and empowering women to having an active role in the political, social and economic fields. Amongst the trainings that LDO has carried out within its projects include, but are not limited to:
- Vocational training
- Personal skills
- Computer skills