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Emancipation of Women

Updated on January 29, 2016

What Is Emancipation?

Emancipation means the freedom of somebody especially from legal, political or social restrictions. So the emancipation of women means to set the women free from any kind of bondage. Women in Asia and Africa are politically exploited, socially oppressed and neglected. In the rest of the world, women are also not in a very favorable position but they are making their mark equally with time. That’s why their position is being strengthened in those particular portions of the world. But if these strengthening of the women are spread all over the world then women will find their place very strong in this planet. And the need for their emancipation arises from this social environment.


Meaning of Emancipation of Women:

The phrase "Emancipation of women" is frequently used to describe a process wherein the powerless can gain a greater share over resources and decision-making. Generally, the emancipation of women is a process through which women in general and poor women in particular tend to gain control over resources and ideologies. The emancipation of women ensures the freedom of self-fulfillment and self-development as well as equal access to domestic and community resources. Without women, the prosperity of a society cannot be gained properly. It is because they are large in number and you cannot expect to go ahead by ignoring them completely. It is impossible that a society will progress keeping a number of noticeable population illiterate and non-workable. If that society progresses 2 steps forward, then it will come back 5 steps. Ultimately the progress will be scattered. So by emancipating the women from all kind of social, mental and physical bondage, you will make the ideal situation for a society to prosper.

Condition of Women in Asia and Africa:

Despite the constitutional safeguards, women role in the public service has been negligible. But violence against women is alarmingly on the increase. This is a very serious social crime in this part of the world. Women are being neglected in all the aspects of the society. That’s why it would be the biggest joke to say anything regarding “emancipation of women”. Despite all these problems, there are some women who are making their mark with their efforts and support of their surroundings. Successes of these women are inspirational for those who want to break the shackles. Also it proves that if there are favorable conditions, the women in this part of the world can play major role in the development of the society as well as country.

Cause of Dis-empowerment of Women:

The reasons behind the dis-empowerment of women are many. However, we can sort out the major causes into the following three heads.

Economic Causes:

The majority of the women are dependent on men for their economic insolvency.

Socio-cultural And Religious Causes:

(i) Illiteracy:

The most of the women in Asia and Africa are illiterate. The rate of literacy of women is less than that of men. That’s why women are not cautious about their rights-whether social or legal. As a result men dominate their counterparts and deprive them of their rights.

(ii) Negligence:

In Asia and Africa women are ignored. So people usually do not tend to welcome a girl baby in their family. Even highly educated people fail to overcome this type of mentality. That’s why a girl is neglected right from the beginning of her life and do not get the minimum attention that she deserves.

(iii) Cultural Indifference:

The culture of Asia also affects women to a great extent. They are considered inferior to men. On the other hand, the system of dowry on the part of a bride is detrimental to women development. The dowry system leads to ruining of life of many girls. Many marital relations are broken due to this system. And in most of these cases, the girl has to lead a cursed life. Often they commit suicide due to the inability of bearing social harassment. That’s why their moving forward becomes a hilarious task.

Political Causes:

In Asia and Africa women has a very few political rights. They do not get support by the men. Women representation in the party committee and other bodies is very rare.

To emancipate women, the following measures should be taken:

1. The obstacle to the development of women should be removed.
2. The attitude of men towards women should be changed.
3. Women should be encouraged to take part in development activities.
4. The government should give women accessibility to credit and other monetary assistance for income generating activities.

In which sector do you think emancipation is most important for women?

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The new millennium has come with hopes and aspirations for the women-folk. The active co-operation between men and women is a must for the real development. In this regard, collective efforts by the government, N.G.O. and international organizations as well as by the conscious people of society can ensure their emancipation from the so-called bondage. With this emancipation, women can be able to get their rights and make their positions equally important as that of the men. Then the society as well as the world will be a better place free from discrimination.


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      Ian Stuart Robertson 17 months ago from London England

      Another thought here. Before going on a date a woman is likely to spend a considerable sum on her grooming. There is the cost of an outfit, accessories, cosmetics, hair do etc.This may run up in total as more than the cost off the bill so why shouldn't the male take care of covering the expenses involved?

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 17 months ago from London England

      The hottest topic in 'gender roles' now is that on first and subsequent dates should the male pay the bill or should the couple split the bill. Traditionally the man always pays in full but equality dictates equal sharing.

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      Sajib 2 years ago from Bangladesh

      Thank you all for appreciating my writing style. This kind of appreciation will help me to write better in the future.

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      ruchi 2 years ago

      Its so fascinating n informative.i really agree with breathing , it would be better if govt. would consider n follow the above measure

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      Adam Cooper 2 years ago

      The author has brought the condition of women in Asia and Africa. But the conditions of women were not okay even in the other continents too. In the 18th century the British women were deprived of all kinds of social rights. In fact Europe was not at all willing to give women their desired rights. But things started to change gradually and eventually have reached the modern state. So for Asia and Africa, they can follow the guideline that Europe and America has followed for woman’s emancipation. As they have already attained success in this field, their model can be followed taking the social and all other aspects into account.

      The good news is that several Asian and African countries have started to implement this model (though it is a bit slow). We hope that the rest of the countries start to implement this system as soon as possible and thus the discrimination will diminish gradually.

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      relationsolve 2 years ago

      “Emancipation of woman” is a term that has been widely misunderstood over the years. But now the things are coming to the right track gradually. There was a time when women were treated as something of no use. They didn’t have any kind of social or educational rights. In one word, they didn’t have any kind of rights as an individual entity. But now things have changed. Now woman are getting rights in almost every sector of the society. Attitude of the society towards women have also changed. There are quite a few countries where the women are even being the head of the state! From nothing to the head of the state! What more can you expect?

      So the measures mentioned by the author should always be taken so that they can continue to get their rights. This will help to maintain the balance of the society and all kinds of discrimination will fade away.

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      pesigeciniurn 2 years ago

      Your writing style has been amazed me. Thanks, very nice article.

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 3 years ago from London England

      Academian and social commentator Professor Germaine Greer has again called for the removal from the supermarket display stands of magazines featuring women in provocative poses. Ms Greer asserts that the blatent degradation of women in public places is morally wrong and needs to be addressed. Some college undergrads have campaigned successfully for these displays taken away but at only one supermarket not the whole chain.

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      Sanxuary 4 years ago

      I love the new emancipation in society. You know the emancipation of men. The one where marriage and children are a huge penalty and one where men have no rights and should be avoided at all cost. Where men no longer can believe that women are anything other then consumers of materialism and you our just a check book and a product. I have always believed in equality but balance has not occurred in this idea. The goal and the reality is horribly flawed by the fact that men and women our not the same. In other words equality exist for no one regardless of sex, because everyone is different. What we really want is fairness and a realistic goal to attaining equality. Fairness is equal pay and equality is having the right tools to attain equality. Being stronger separates a lot of people in physical labour. Yet better tools would allow us all to do the work and save my back in the long run. We are in the second run in equality and its time to quit putting these things in the same box. Africa and Asia are back on that first run. Every one deserves the same thing and I can have this same debate using strong and weak people, regardless of sex. I would love to work in a non-physical environment but women have all the jobs. In jobs involving hard physical labour there is nothing stopping women from working there but where are they? I often wonder why we sell 100 pound bags of anything. I can barely lift them and half the pool of employees can not lift them, so who lifts them all day long? Why do we lift them, because practically anyone who buys them can not lift them either. It has nothing to do with sex most of the time or how men feel about women. The second run on equality is fairness and the working environment. Men having an equal right in court and ownership of their children. Still some how we have to find a way to be equals in general society but Men and Women in relationships are some how different. I find that women expect both and men are very marginalized in this capacity. A good example is that its perceived that a man asking a woman on a date anywhere in public can be called sexual harassment. That means you ladies will have to ask us out for now on because its to dangerous for men to do this any more. Oddly enough most of you women have not figured this out.

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      NidlyCoonodiz 4 years ago

      We used to receive at the top of life however recently We have piled up any level of resistance.

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      esther queen 5 years ago

      emacipation of women is necessary.

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      Well said, Sajib.

      Women are still not as liberated as Men are. We need to take the necessary actions for their emancipation.

      voted up indeed!

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      This is a very interesting hub. I am glad you are actively working towards emancipation for women in your country by sharing information about their circumstances.

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      Sajib 6 years ago from Bangladesh

      Thanks @emmy and @Sueswan.

      Yes, We can not deny their contribution in any way. We should have to give their rights back and that's why, we have to work together for those women who are neglected by the man.

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      Sueswan 6 years ago

      Hi Breathing

      Thank you for writing this hub and giving a voice to those women who are treated like second class citizens.

      We are all human beings and should treat each other humanely.

      Voted up and awesome.

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      mutangana emmy bow wizzo 6 years ago

      my country is located in africa you know? is *Rwanda*

      here we re tried equalize men and women. there is a gender balance in our country. hope that other countries will take an example

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      daisynicolas 6 years ago from Alaska

      There are specific countries in Asia, not the entire continent, where being female is equal to enslavement by men because of ideology, antiquated beliefs and ignorance. These countries are embracing progress, even though the challenges remain. It is disdainful to view how men treat women in the other areas of the world, not just Asia and Africa and yet, we, who believe in equality do not have that power to promulgate laws for these countries. Writing about it and making it known to the world can get the ball rolling, perhaps.

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      Sajib 6 years ago from Bangladesh

      Ruchi, yes society will gradually change. But Men have a great roll in this way to ensure women rights. In this area like India, Bangladesh, Pakistan it really hard to ensure women rights properly.

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      Ruchi Urvashi 6 years ago from Singapore

      Yes, there are inequalities that exist between men and women. While growing up in India, I felt it too. However, with hard work and determination to stand on my own feet, today I live a life of freedom, equality and peace. I think society will gradually change. The most important impact can happen when each woman decides in their own mind to think differently and change themselves.

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      Luxmih Eve-Lyn Forbes 6 years ago from Fort Pierce, Florida

      This is a subject very near and dear to my heart. There are so many females who are suffering, the latest being the 12 year old girl who had not only been married off, but was sentenced to life imprisonment for adultry because she was raped. Her sentence was reduced from death by stoning.

      Bravo for writing this Hub. Every bit of information helps.

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      grace siodora 6 years ago

      Thanks for expounding on the topic of emancipation of women, but let me disagree about Asian women.Have you visited progressive countries in Asia like Japan, Philippines, Singapore? Women have carved a niche in each their political landscape. The Philippines, although a young democracy produced the first woman President by a non-violent revolution Pres. Corazon Aquino, and even today, many women in Asia succeed in Finance, and even in Congress, as lawmakers. The halls of Congress and Senate were mostly reserved for men, thus laws promulgated were mostly pro-men.But times have changed in Asia,especially for women.Out of expediency, women have pursued higher education, nurses, engineers, etc.more than in many countries. In our families,most women either have a doctorate or a Master's degree. You should take time to visit Asia.Your "third world" labelling of Asia does not help propagate the "emancipated worldview" of Asian women.

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      PenMePretty 6 years ago

      Isn't it amazing what society has taught us. The world has been dysfunctional since the Garden of Eden, when Adam & Eve trusted they knew better than God. It has rubbed off on us all. Blessings!

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      Daffy Duck 6 years ago from Cornelius, Oregon

      breathing unfortunately constitutional safeguards and guarentees are interpreted to suit the people in power and their interests in staying there by pleasing the people. Blacks, women, gays and lesbians all know what that feels like here in the US. Religion does play a huge role in politics and deciding how a society should be legally.

      Narrow minds lead to limited thinking and slow changes in society. If there's one thing that's certain it's that change cannot be stopped. It will happen, it just takes time, unfortunately.

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      Sajib 6 years ago from Bangladesh

      Thank you both for commenting. Really this is hard to belief that, there are still inequalities between men and women like in a country America...!!

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      Terishere 6 years ago

      Great hub! I agree with subron7, there are still inequalities in America, though not as not as bad with other countries, it's still exists.


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      James W. Nelson 6 years ago from eastern North Dakota

      Good hub, Breathing. I'm aware of the inequalities between the sexes, and, believe it or not, inequalities (some would say "subtle" inequalities, but inequalities nonetheless) still exist in America too, but definitely not on the scale of Africa and Asia.

      Your child is beautiful!