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Category: Abstract
Type: Presentation
Title: Swami Vivekananda's Thought on Women Empowerment: A Social Approach Rather than Religious Movement
Author(s): Ghosh, Raja
Author Details: Raja Ghosh, Senior Technical Assistant (Adult & Non-Formal Education), Rural Extension Centre, Visva-Bharati University, Palli Samgathana Vibhaga, Birbhum, West Bengal, India, email:
Abstract: Throughout the history of the Indian civilization it is clearly visualized that women enjoyed a very considerable position in society and their status was much better than at present. As several civilizations evolved, their status was gradually deteriorating. After the realization of women's contribution to the development of the family in particular and the society as a whole, several attempts to empower women have been made by different social reformers, and this is an ongoing process. Swami Vivekananda, one of the great religious and social thinkers of India, thought about the empowerment of women in the context of traditional Indian philosophy. His thoughts reflected throughout his work and speeches, which are much more socialistic rather than religious in nature. He believed that in the future, Indian women would cross the chapter of glorious achievements made by the ancient Indian women instead of making them only as a reflected glory. He tried to increase awareness, develop and empower women not only through education but also by enlightening them through the philosophy of Indian spiritualism, which might be considered as an effective system or approach in the process of empowering women. The word 'empowerment' is related to 'freedom', which is described in the dictionary as 'to make able'. More specifically, empowerment includes the physical, social, economic and intellectual development of human beings. Nowadays the profession of social work also plays a very important role in this matter. But it is also clear to us that in spite of the best efforts, the women's empowerment movement is not up to the mark. Emphasis is given on physical and economic development rather than intellectual development. Through this paper the author tries to show that in the process of women's empowerment, the thoughts of Vivekananda were very much applicable. These are related to the intellectual development of women and directed towards the total development process. After this process, women must find themselves free from superstitious beliefs, stronger and more self-confident in one hand whilst being full of love and affectionate, gentle-natured, full of mother-kind etc. in the other.
Repository Posting Date: 27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication: 27-Oct-2011
Conference Date: 2006
Conference Host: McMaster University
Conference Location: Dhaka, Bangladesh
Description: 2006 International Conference: Dhaka, Bangladesh. The International Conference on the Impact of Global Issues on Women and Children, co-organized by McMaster University and the State University of Bangladesh, is an opportunity for the interdisciplinary exchange of development expertise and will be held in Dhaka, Bangladesh from February 12-16, 2006.
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