By Rumpa Chakraborty, Global Links Scholar, Kolkata, India
–Dr. Chakraborty will be visiting Rollins College in January 2017 to begin the first phase of the Global Links Program as the new scholar–
Women empowerment refers to the creation of an environment for women to have opportunities for education and economic stability. In doing so, women can make their own decisions for their personal benefit as well as for their families. As a woman, I realized that economic empowerment is necessary to equip women to be independent and reliant, developing positive esteem so they may face any difficult situation. Economically empowered women will be able to participate in the process of decision making within society. I am confident such women are capable of making better decisions about the health and education of their children, as well. Moreover, economic empowerment of women is a prerequisite for sustainable development and growth of any developing country like India. Employment opportunities should be improved to reduce the barriers faced by Indian women. Economic empowerment increases women’s access to economic resources and opportunities including jobs, financial services, skill development, and market information.
Global links Program is a program that encourages women to be empowered through education and opportunity. The most important goal of the program is to build a synergy between economic empowerment of women and entrepreneurship. This cross cultural program will be an immense help to Indian women entrepreneurs to become leaders in business as well as throughout society. Being a part of this program, I am honored to represent my country. I feel proud to have this opportunity to work for future generation Indian women entrepreneurs. I believe this program will enrich my knowledge so I can use my skills and abilities to promote more women in society to become the strength of our community in India.