Why it’s important, and how we can make it happenA simple fact of life is: we need one another. When we do not support each other, societies do not thrive. So why do we not make it a point to empower the women in our societies? The stats about women are staggering: 70% of people in poverty are women and girls. Women earn only 10% of the world’s income, yet they account for more than 65% of the working hours. So why do women work the most, but make the less? In poor communities, women and children are the poorest. When food is scare, or there isn’t enough money to send all the children to school, women and girls bear the brunt of the hardship. Even in developed countries like the United States, as recent as 2014 women earned only $0.79 for every dollar men earned in comparable positions. It is clear these facts are not acceptable. Gender equality and empowering women is a worldwide issue that transcends cultures and country lines. Why do we need to empower women? Because by empowering women we are making the idea of women and girls playing a significant role in society a reality. When we empower women, we are making their lives better and empowering our societies as a whole. When we focus on bringing women and children out of better we create stronger families, stronger communities, and stronger countries. According to UNESCO, 2.1 million children under age 5 were saved between 1990 and 2009 because of improvements in girls’ education. And closing the gap in the unmet need for family planning for the 225 million girls and women who want to delay or avoid pregnancy but aren’t using modern contraception would reduce maternal deaths by 67% and newborn deaths by 77%. As Barack Obama, the 44th US President said, “When women succeed, nations are more safe, secure, and prosperous.”We know the current state of things, and we know why it is important to empower women, so how do we actually make that happen? Empowerment is helping women have the complete ability to be equal with men socially, politically, and economically. We need to work to create an environment where women can make good decisions for themselves. We can do this by increasing and improving political, economic, and social strength of women, ensure women have equal human rights, and make sure women are confident enough to claim the rights they have. We can work to ensure that women have equal status in their countries, equal access to social services and social justice, resources to help determine financial security, opportunities for employment without gender bias, safe working environment, equal wages, and that they have control of their life and live with a sense of self-worth and dignity. Many world organizations support empowering women. The United Nations have a set of “Women’s Empowerment Principles.” These principles focus on economic principles and include:Empowering women to participate fully in economic life across all sectors to building stronger economies.Establish high-level corporate leadership for gender equality.Ensure the health, safety, and well-being of all women and men workers.Treat all women fairly at work.Promote education, training, and professional development for women. To learn more about UN Women and the Women’s Empowerment Principles you can find them here: http://www.unwomen.org/en/partnerships/businesses-and-foundations/womens-empowerment-principlesThese principles give countries a blueprint for tangible ways they can empower women in their country. When women have more economic options and mobility they can earn more money. This helps fight the pervasive poverty that many women and children face across the world. There are other organizations that promote empowering women including CARE international that fights poverty by focusing on women and children. Governments and organizations have a huge role to play in the fight to empower women. Major change can happen through laws and policies that put women’s and gender quality issues into the forefront. However, governments and organizations do not hold all the power to make the change. Individually we all have a duty and responsibility to fight for empowering women. It is through individuals all over the world deciding to make a change that policies and laws get changed. Everything starts with the individual. When we decide day to day to see how women are treated in our communities and volunteer to make changes on a local level, our efforts spread and become the worldwide change that we need.  Empowering women is one of the most important social just causes of our time. When we empower women in our own countries and across the world we help women, families, societies, and countries get out of poverty, improve their nations, and become more affluent. Empowering women doesn’t just have economic benefits, when women and girls are out of poverty they become more educated and live longer, healthier lives. This is an important issue and we can all do our part today. Sourceshttps://www.importantindia.com/19050/essay-on-women-empowerment/http://www.unwomen.org/en/partnerships/businesses-and-foundations/womens-empowerment-principleshttps://www.careinternational.org.uk/fighting-poverty/empowering-women-and-girls/promoting-womens-voiceshttps://www.theodysseyonline.com/women-empowerment-what-is-it-and-why-we-need-ithttp://unfoundationblog.org/5-reasons-why-empowering-girls-matters/