Indian minister: awareness is more important than legal empowerment

February 25, 2011 at 10:03 pm Leave a comment

Human rights organization Breakthrough commences large-scale campaign to spread awareness about women’s rights and domestic violence in India (see one of the video clips bellow).

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit supported the campaign saying:   ““We need to make women aware about their powers, only then will they feel empowered. Awareness is more important than legal empowerment.” That’s an interesting comment – what exactly is the difference between legal empowerment and awareness. And do we rank them. I presume Mrs. Dikshit meant that in order to feel empowered you need first to know your rights. Or rather, the message was that it is more about powers – once you are aware of your collective power, then you can step up. The current events from the Middle East lend support to such theory.

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Entry filed under: Access to Justice, Human Rights, India, Legal Empowerment.

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