Education for the girl child deserves plaudits. Its success so far has seen so many girls going to school and competing with their male counterparts. Perhaps what we need to ask ourselves is whether this empowerment of girls in school is translating into empowerment at the place of work. The answer to this question is yes and no. Let us see why.
Girl child empowerment at school has translated into empowerment at the office
Girl child education and empowerment has translated into women empowerment at the place of work to a certain degree. Remember that the girls who are going to school everyday are the same ones who will go to work tomorrow. There are currently several women role models who give girls the motivation to work hard and follow their footsteps. Several women have won the Nobel Laureate prize in the recent years.
The number of successful businesswomen in the world today is a clear indication that women will never be the same again. We have elected women in political positions and they have not failed us, because they have gone through a thorough system of education. Women rights have also been strictly observed in most countries of the world.
Women participation in politics
In most countries, there is the gender rule that stipulates that women must be represented in all sectors of the economy. Precisely, of the members of parliament, a certain fraction must be women, according to the guidelines issued by the international community. This is case of translating the power gained in school into the workplace. It also means that the women will participate in the decision-making processes, thereby contributing to the development of the nation directly. In general, the current woman is strong in all aspects of the word, and this can be attributed to the efforts put in the classroom.
Despite gains in gender equality over the past century, women are still victims of harassment, assault, and discrimination in the workplace and at home. In the modern society, women are still regarded as second-class individuals and deprived of several basic rights that are freely enjoyed by males. As a reaction to this discrimination, women have championed a serious fight to obtain equal statuses with men which unluckily, have eluded them in the contemporary world. In general, whether working or not, the woman is still considered to be backward and uninformed. This, to some extent, invalidates the earlier affirmation that empowerment at school translates into empowerment at work.
It seems that girl child education is a great success and has produced exceptionally trained women to take up the leadership positions that were previously occupied by men. However, we are still living in a world that is yet to recognize women. Even at work, women still find it hard to compete with men on the same level. This is because if they are not sexually harassed they are paid less than men doing the same jobs. This pours cold water on the efforts towards empowerment of women both at school and at work.