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Women Empowerment

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WOMEN EMPOWERMENT AND SOCIAL JUSTICE

Aditya Shukla*1, Bhoopendra Ratan2, Sangeeta Maurya3
1Deptt. of Humanities & Applied Science
2Deptt of ECE and Value Education Cell
College of Engineering, Science & Technology.Mohanlalganj Lucknow. 3Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapeeth, Varanasi
*E-mail:aditya220462@gmail.com

Abstract:
Women bear almost all responsibility for meeting basic needs of the family, yet are systematically denied the resources, information and freedom of action they need to fulfill this responsibility. Of the 1.3 billion people who live in absolute poverty around the globe, 70 percent are women. For these women, poverty doesn’t just mean scarcity and want. It means rights denied, opportunities curtailed and voices silenced. Since the start of the human race, man and woman were the path bearers of the civilization to exist and procure cohabitation, progeny and marital bliss. Women were the Idols and as said, "Yatra Naaryasthu poojyanthe Ramanethe thatra devathaha" It means: Where women are treated with dignity and womanhood is worshipped, there roam the Gods. Medieval Indian Women, Scholars believe that in ancient India, the women enjoyed equal status with men in all fields of life. However, some others hold contrasting views. Works by ancient Indian grammarians such as Patanjali and Katyayana suggest that women were educated in the early Vedic period. Rig-Veda verses suggest that the women married at a mature age and were probably free to select their husband. Scriptures such as Rig Veda and Upanishads mention several women sages and seers, notably Gargi and Maitreyi.

Medieval India was not women's age it is supposed to be the 'dark age' for them. Medieval India saw many foreign conquests, which resulted in the decline in women's status. When foreign conquerors like Muslims invaded India they brought with them their own culture. These invaders were barbarous and picked up any women they wanted and kept her in their ‘Harems’. In...

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