When we think about the early times, a time not more than five decades ago, we can clearly recall those days, when the status of Indian women was considered inferior to men in the practical life. Though, they are being preached in the name of Saraswati, Durga, Parvati, Kali and many other Goddess since ages, yet they were ignored, kept in shadows and isolated when it came to taking major decision related to the family. This was the kind of situation for women in India. But, the scenario is slowly changing in recent years. In contemporary times, women are breaking the trend and coming out of the shadows in an all-powerful avatar, and we can see a slow and steady rise of women in all fields of importance. Women nowadays have completely transformed, especially the urban women; from a mere homemaker they have now advanced into great personalities, leaders and icons. They are now competing in the world while handling responsibilities without fear. Yet, this scenario is not exactly the same for women from rural areas. The women in rural backgrounds still have to struggle a lot in terms of their urban counterparts. Not that the rural women are backward or weaker in any aspects, but the change and transformation that the urban women see are definitely a little slower to the rural society, and this is a major roadblock in the current era. However, to deal with such roadblocks, and as a way of encouraging women to achieve their dreams, the State Government of India are coming up with several schemes and policies, which all women need to be aware of. Let’s have a look at those states who are providing the best schemes and policies for women in respect of their empowerment.
Arunachal Pradesh - It is the women who occupy the dominant role in the social-economic of tribals. Women in Arunachal have been playing a major role in agriculture, looking after live stocks and collection of fuelwood, vegetables. Realizing the importance of women and their problems, Government of Arunachal Pradesh aims to improve the status of women and to enquire unfair practices affecting women. Various schemes have been implemented for the propagation to empower women and achieve greater heights of success.
Gujarat - Gujarat as a state is famous for its traditional clothing, food and natural landscape. Asiatic lions, Rann of Kutch (White Desert), colourful handicrafts, festival and culture are some of the things that make Gujarat famous. Alongside, the state is also renowned for women empowerment.
Himachal Pradesh - Women in Himachal are employed in vocational jobs; education of females in rural areas has taken an edge in Himachal Pradesh. The Himachal government is giving a serious concern towards the upliftment of the women in the society like education, funds to widows and poor women, strict punishments against female infanticide etc. The result of all these initiatives by Himachal government towards growth of women in society has made Himachal to top the list among all the other states in terms of empowerment of women
Kerala - The state has always been known for its top level literacy rate. Apart from that, Kerala has been quietly serving as an example that a government can indeed successfully empower women, both economically and socially.
Odisha - The Government of Odisha in India has come up with various programs and schemes (yojana) from time to time for the people and their advancement.
Here is a statement that is a dire truth; “All nations have attained greatness by paying proper respect to women. That country and that nation which do not respect women have never become great, nor will ever be in the future” said Swami Vivekananda. We as a society don’t need to respect women because we have to, but we should do that because of their hard work for making an income as a wife, caring & supporting as a mother and a faithful serving daughter. Let us propagate this message of empowerment so that we as a whole, achieve greater heights of success in every field.