Empowerment of Elderly Women

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    Nidhi Mishra
    March 8, 2017 at 4:05 pm #25944

    I feel that International Women’s Day is not just a day to celebrate womanhood but also a day when we should raise our concerns towards various issues effecting different sections of women group. Here I am sharing some of my concerns with specific reference to older women.

    Many of us often tend to consider the population of older persons as a homogeneous group, with similar types of needs and demands. May be that is why most of the schemes by the government focuses on older population in general and not specifically on the gender dimensions, thus making the much needed empowerment of elderly women a difficult task to accomplish.

    With an increase in proportion of older persons in India, maintenance of health and well-being of both male and female elderly has become an important issue, however, this has become a serious concern among the elderly women, who as compared to their male counterparts are more vulnerable to health problems such as osteoporosis, menopausal complications and depression; and are more likely to face financial constraints due to less workforce participation or lack of financial savings for old age. As they live longer than men, they are more likely to be widowed and living alone, thus becoming more vulnerable to crimes and abuses.Situation is worst for those who belong to lower economic status.Due to the phenomenon of feminization of ageing in India, all these issues have become more acute and are thus emphasizing on the dire need to implement older women specific programmes and schemes toward promotion of their health and well-being.

    I seriously believe that the promotion of health and well-being of elderly women is a major step towards their empowerment, because until and unless they are not physically and psychologically healthy and are not satisfied with their life and environmental context, they won’t be able to empower themselves.Empowerment of elderly women is a gradual process in which elderly women, their family, civil society and government have a major role to play to tackle the various challenges at their own level towards achievement of this goal.

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    LAKSHMI NARAYANA NAGISETTY
    March 10, 2017 at 3:48 pm #25949

    Empowerment of Women in general and particularity Seniors/Elders is not with their education or employment or business or employer alone but much depends upon the dimensions & dynamics of their family and community. This process is very complicated and lengthy as women development is well linked with the development of the family, community and nation at large. In spite of having such limitations and challenges, still education and employment certainly prepares the women with strengths to move forward for real empowerment both socially and commercially. The present change in the attitude of the people and nation is positive and all such opportunities should be grabbed by the women for developing happy and healthy living with improved quality of life (QOL) for self, family and nation.

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    LAKSHMI NARAYANA NAGISETTY
    March 24, 2017 at 8:55 pm #25991

    The elderly women can avail the rights, schemes and benefits as approved under the recent “RIGHTS OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES (RPWD)ACT 2016. Several Seniors in general and particularly WOMEN will come under this Act. It is the right time to understand the provisions approved under RPWDAL ACT 2016. The individuals and NGOs working for this group can facilitate for such services / supports either directly or through NGOs. Certainly RPWD ACT 2016 is the opportunity for this group and others with disabilities.v

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    Nidhi Mishra
    March 29, 2017 at 12:36 pm #26016

    Thank you for your response. You are right that elderly women must grab those opportunities which can help them in the promotion of their well-being.

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