Empowering Women with Cultural Art

Women exists in dual forms in India. On one side a woman, as a symbol of power and empowerment, is worshiped as a goddess in temples, on the other side she's not given the freedom that they need and the power to take a decisions.

If we see women on an agricultural field the engagements of the women are more as compared to the men. Then also women do not have the power to make the decisions and remain poor. But we must wonder that why there is the feminization of poverty? Why are women not empowered in the way they want?

Due to lack of awareness and education amongst the women about the prevailing economic opportunities for them which lead to poor decision-making capability amongst the women, inequalities and lower access to the employment.

Some of the following reasons, pose challenges for the women in rural areas-

  • Poor education.

  • Lack of digital literacy

  • Poor access to technologies

  • Poor livelihood opportunities outside agriculture.

  • Lack of skills

To give women an economic opportunity to earn their livelihood and to make them empowered government had launched various schemes regarding women empowerment. Listed below are few schemes:

  • Deen Dayal Upadhyay Antyodaya Yojana (DAY-NRLM): Ajeevika – to give employment to women and youth and to assure that regular minimum wage had been given to workers on daily basis and also for their skill development.

  • Elected Women Representatives- To enhance the decision making power and to take a leadership responsibility by the women and to guide the village.

  • Rashtriya Mahila Kosh – It is for women working especially in the informal sector. This aims to give micro-credit to these women without collateral.

  • Mahila Shakti Kendra - It is under the umbrella of the scheme of Mission for Protection and Empowerment for women.

  • National Repository of Information for Women (NARI) – Under this scheme government provides easy access to information on government schemes and various initiatives taken by the government.

  • Scheme for Capacity Building in Textile Sector – It aims to provide demand-driven, placement oriented skilling programme to incentivize the efforts of industry in creating jobs for women and youth.

  • National Nutrition Mission – It aims to address the malnutrition and to provide poor with the proper nutrient food in the country by 2020.

Cultural Art is Empowering Women

Apart from these schemes government had taken a step to empower the women through the process of cultural art. Art is one amongst the various identity of India. India is known for its art and culture worldwide. So this idea has been taken up by the railway department in Bihar, to empower the women and to make them identify their talent by the way of art.