Why Measures to Help Promote Women Empowerment Matter

Over the years, women have gained much in the workplace. While men are still paid more than women on average, they are becoming more common at the top of companies, particularly in traditionally male-dominated industries like engineering and construction. Despite the progress that has been made, women have hardly reached equality yet, and can still be subject to sexism in their workplaces and unfair biases in their treatment by society as a whole. This is why measures to help promote women's empowerment matter now more than ever before.

Measures To Help Promote Women

Progress is being made, albeit slowly. In most countries, more women are going to school and becoming more active in the business. More children worldwide attend primary school today than ever before - over 90% of the girls. Despite these gains, there’s still a lot of room for improvement. In developing countries, girls are two times less likely than boys to go to secondary school and when they do go to secondary school they have higher dropout rates than boys by age 15.

Measures To Increase Gender Equality

Gender equality—defined as equal access and opportunity for everyone, regardless of their gender—is a hot topic right now. In some countries, it’s made great strides, while in others women still have a long way to go. Women continue to face inequality across almost every aspect of their lives, from unequal pay for equal work and lack of educational opportunities to violence and harassment. While there are many measures that governments can take to help promote women empowerment, here are a few worth considering

Measures Of Equality for Men and Women

Recently there has been drive-by governments and corporations to ensure that men and women are treated equally. This has mainly manifested itself in efforts to hire more women for upper-level positions, or through corporate scholarships designed to help women who may not have access to education otherwise. While these may be great ways for companies and people in positions of power can help break down barriers, they miss a vital point: empowering women doesn’t just mean giving them equal rights or opportunities with men, it means eliminating barriers from them from an early age so that they have an equal chance at success as their male counterparts. They need more than just equality of opportunity, but equality of outcome as well.


Companies with higher percentages of women in senior leadership roles score better on workplace culture and engagement, and they’re more profitable. Companies with female executives (and above-average female representation in other areas) deliver 22% higher return on equity, 19% higher operating income, 30% higher total returns to shareholders, and 33% higher shareholder yield than companies without. Furthermore, among publicly traded corporations that have at least one woman on their board of directors or have a specific target for female representation among directors or senior managers, 75% outperform their competitors. For these reasons—and others—companies should consider promoting initiatives aimed at helping women achieve positions of leadership. The future depends on it.



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