Innovation: Empowering Women and Driving Social Change

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Title of the paper: Innovation: Empowering Women and Driving Social Change Author(s): 1) Pravasini Sahoo
2) Biswakesan Sahoo
Affiliation of the author(s): 1) Researcher (PhD, IIT Kharagpur)
2) Executive Engineer (IIT Bombay)
E-mail: 1) pravasini@gmail.com
2) bksahoo@iitb.ac.in

Abstract:
The world is experiencing technology and social change at a pace never before experienced in human history. Social, economic, and technological forces have come together to inspire innovation that can change lives. It has changed the way we live, how we work and what we are able to do with the introduction of numerous innovations such as ever–shrinking computers, mobile phones, and alternative energies touching each and every part of our life. Innovations through new technologies, ideas, products and entrepreneurial practices have not only improved our well-being, but have empowered many into realizing their potential. Innovations has lead to new economic, entrepreneurial, educational opportunities and prospects for social and personal change by creating countless jobs and opportunities for poor people in general and has empowered women in particular. When the whole world is trying to gain urgency in women’s participation and their rights in social, economic and political progress, the timely emergence of innovation has facilitated achieve the goals of women empowerment. The concept of empowerment is not a new one. Women’s empowerment is defined as “women’s ability to make strategic life choices where that ability had been previously denied them” (Kabeer, 1999). Thus, innovations has not only benefited women by improving their well being in term of health, nutrition, and income but has also empowered them in securing freedom to make their own decisions in their own interest which was not acceptable in the past. With the advent of this new found confidence the women of today’s world have transformed themselves from immobile to move freely, from being...
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