Women's empowerment and sustainable development (Analytical theoretical study)


  • Sarah Ali Jaber
  • Ahmed Jassim Matrood


Women's empowerment, Sustainable development, connotations of the concepts


Women are an important and influential member of society, and the issue of their empowerment is one of the vital issues of importance at the present time. Empowerment is a modern concept that appeared at the end of the nineties of the twentieth century and has become the most widely used in development policies and programmes. It is the concept that most recognizes women as an active element in development and therefore seeks to eliminate Against all manifestations of discrimination against them through mechanisms that help them to become self-reliant, the literature on the concept reveals that despite the variation in expanding or narrowing the areas of its application, it converges at the concept of power, where the concept of women’s empowerment refers to strengthening women to possess the elements of economic and social power that It enables women to be self-reliant in improving their living and material conditions and to participate in making decisions that affect all aspects of life, which makes the development process a participation between men and women. Empowerment aims to create a development context conducive to participation and interaction based on the development of skills and capabilities. It also highlights the ways in which Through it, women can create for themselves a new space for work and movement. Empowering women, according to this study, is related to their integration into sustainable development by providing real opportunities for them to achieve the scientific and professional progress they aspire to that serves their family and social role in various economic, social, and political fields. Accordingly, the research included In the first section, the concept of women’s empowerment is explained by providing a reading of the connotations of the concept, the history of its emergence, and the need for it. The second section included the principles of women’s empowerment, its types, and the most important obstacles. As for the last (third) section, it included clarifying the concept of development and its most important elements, and then talking about the impact of women’s empowerment on Achieving sustainable development, including the dimensions and foundations that are considered necessary for the integration of women into the development process.