Does anyone have a good definition of female empowerment?

It'd be extremely helpful if this came as a quote. Please link if possible!

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I would say "empowerment of women" or "women's empowerment", instead.

The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, also known as UN Women, is a United Nations entity working for the empowerment of women. Wikipedia

women's empowerment refers to increasing the spiritual, political, social or economic strength of women.

  • Having decision-making power of their own
  • Having access to information and resources for taking proper decision
  • Having a range of options from which you can make choices (not just yes/no, either/or.)
  • Ability to exercise assertiveness in collective decision making
  • Having positive thinking on the ability to make change
  • Ability to learn skills for improving one's personal or group power.
  • Ability to change others’ perceptions by democratic means.
  • Involving in the growth process and changes that is never ending and self-initiated
  • Increasing one's positive self-image and overcoming stigma
  • in theory, microfinance services combined with interventions to empower women lead to positive benefits, including enhanced...

  • ...explains that 'empowering women works as a catalyst in development'...

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