Friday, August 2, 2013

The empowered woman - Warrior Woman!



What is women's empowerment?

Women's empowerment has five components:

A women's sense of self-worth;

Their right to have and to determine choices;

Their  right to have access to opportunities and resources;

Their  right to have the power to control their own lives, both within and outside the home;

Their ability to influence the direction of social change to create a more just social and economic order, nationally and internationally.
(UN’s definition of women’s empowerment)
 

How do we become more empowered?
Become self-aware. Forgive yourself if need be and accept who you are. Know yourself and be very comfortable in your own skin! That way, nobody will have power over you!
Know that you are worthy and have a right to be here or there, to ask for what is needed, and to be heard. Don't believe the lie that you can't, are not worthy, or that you are incapable as a person, or a woman! It's just not true.
Educate yourself, both formally (if within your means) and informally (read). Learn and absorb information that will enable you to take the next step with the confidence of knowing your stuff.  You will be enabling yourself to make informed and empowered choices on your own, and for 
yourself.

Set goals! Without goals you won't have any direction. Decide what it is that you want for your life and why, and plan a way forward. Seek out and use all resources available to you, and go and get it! Nobody is going to do it for you! It's as simple as that.
Become truly present and engaged with life and in life; feel and experience. If you don't know how, then go and find out what that means.

Pay yourself first. Saving your money for your own sake leads to financial empowerment. This will impact on your life choices.
Keep your body in good condition! Exercise and nourish it well - it's the only one you have. This will do wonders for your self-esteem, and your mental and emotional well-being.

Stay connected with people. Engage with like-minded people so that you can feed off each other's positive, progessive energy. Find yourself a mentor to guide and inspire you.

Give yourself quiet time and the space to reflect. Reflection is fundamental to your growth so it's important to find quiet calm in your chaos.
Never never never never never give up or lose hope! You are stronger than you think.  You are a warrior in the fight against adversity, the only way out is through...

Your victory will be empowerment!
Have an empowered women's day and month!


Much care!
Marie Joshua
Well-being  Practitioner & Counsellor