In furtherance of all human rights of women and the achievement of sustainable economic development, the importance of empowering women is recognized. L. Mayoux defines empowerment as a process of change in power relations that is both multidimensional and interlinked.

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) defines women's (economic, social, and political) empowerment through five components: women's sense of self-worth; their right to have and determine choices; their right to have access to opportunities and resources; their right to have the power to control their own lives, both within and outside the home; their ability to influence the direction of social change. These five components are particularly applicable in work, where women's economic empowerment can be achieved by targeting initiatives to expand women's economic opportunity; strengthen ...

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