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Empowering women a win-win case
By Mariecar Jara-Puyod March 08, 2017
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SHARJAH: It is another Women’s Month and on March 8, the International Women’s Day.

This time, The Gulf Today takes another route.

Let us comprehend what men opine about women empowerment. How can men help empower women?

Philippine Consul General Paul Raymund Cortes, husband of Dr Yasmin Balajadia-Cortes: “Women empowerment allows human beings of the female gender to take reins of their own destiny—understanding that it does not take any one or any circumstance to prove that they matter or that they are worthy of dignity and respect.

“To be an empowered woman means that she does not need the approval of men or their permit to exist and become masters of their own free will.

“Women empowerment necessitates a realisation on the part of everyone — male or female — that there are no hindrances or bounds to what one can achieve.

“Being an empowered woman is to actualise the 21st century ambitions of equality between men and women; that societal roles assigned to both men and women only end in biology.”

Finance Manager Alex Cruz, husband of Mrs Mildred Cruz: “Women empowerment is to give equal opportunities to women to develop their God-given talents and abilities. Men and women are created equal with different roles to play.

“Let them express themselves and prove that they can excel in whatever roles they have been called to play. Be it a career woman or a plain housewife, none is necessarily higher than the other. They can be the best manager or the best housewife or both at the same time. We just have to let them know that we believe in them.

“How can I help empower women? Well, above is my wife’s idea and I totally agree and support her. I always believe she can.”

Thailand Ambassador Komate Kamalanavin, husband of Mrs Chanida Kamalanavin: “Empowerment of women is giving women equal opportunities, role, status, respect and recognition in a society and especially equal access as their male counterparts without any gender bias.

“Men can help empower women by encouraging legislations to promote women’s rights and gender equality as well as support development which will enable women to reach their full potential as important and productive members of the society side by side with men. Nowadays, because of access to higher education, women are not only as talented as men but also in many cases and professions, women are more talented than men.

“Promoting gender equality is not a matter that lies only in the hands of women. Men must also do their part to foster positive attitudes on gender roles. This will also help to end all forms of discrimination against women as well as eliminate violence against women. Men should support women in making their own decisions and choices.

“However, men should not only help empower women but also help women empower themselves.

“Empowerment of women is a win-win situation, not only for individual women, but also for their families and society, and the economy of a country as a whole.

“As the Thai Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, I have witnessed rapid and amazing development in many sectors of the country. Particularly, in terms of the empowerment of women, I admire and praise the efforts of the UAE leadership in placing great importance to the empowerment of women through women empowerment initiatives. I have witnessed that women are playing increasing and stronger role in Government agencies, military and the private sector.

“On Thailand’s part, recognising the potential and increasing role of women in the workforce and economy, the Royal Thai Government has continuously strengthened relevant legislations to promote equal economic rights and opportunities for women.

“Our efforts to promote women’s issues and women’s development have been put in motion since the early ’70s and have continued ever since to enable women to reach their full potential as productive members of the society alongside men.

“For instance, recently, Thailand promulgated the 2015 Gender Equality Act, which became effective on Sept.9, 2015, to protect everyone from gender-based discrimination.

“Thailand’s national economic and social development plan also focuses on people-centred inclusive development and on reducing social inequality. This will provide further opportunities for women to participate even more equally in our national economic and social development.

“I believe promoting gender equality begins with each and every one of us. It begins in our homes, our schools and our communities and society. Each and every one of us, men and women can and must play a part in making our societies better.”

Philippine Ambassador Constancio Vingno Jr., husband of Mrs Yoko Ramos-Vingno: “Women empowerment is creating the environment to enable women to pursue their goals in life, make decisions for themselves, have access to the same economic and social rights as men, and follow their desires not only for their personal benefit but also for the society at large.

“Men have a significant role to play in empowering women by not proliferating stereotypical views on women, especially gender roles, and not tolerating sexist views and statements.

“It is also important that as a man, who is also a parent like me, you must be a good example, especially to your sons, on how one treats women and girls.”

Grace Evangelical Church-Sharjah Pastoral Assistant Samson Thomas, husband of Mrs Pushpalatha Thomas: “Women empowerment as I understand from my Christian worldview is that women just like men are created in the image of God. And so man and woman are equal in the sight of God. However, our roles are different.

“I would like to empower women by instructing men to aim to love, care and thoughtfully lead our women. Not in a harsh or manipulative manner. But, out of love we can foster ways to flourish in their roles.”

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