Female emancipation with the help of empowerment is garnering interest all over the world. Celebrities are taking up the cause of women empowerment and influencers are expressing their views on the topic. During a time like this, educational empowerment of women has also taken a high place in the scheme of things.
Gaining access and control over things that have been denied to women is what contributes to empowerment of women. Education opens opportunities for women that help them explore different aspects of life. Distance education is beneficial for those women who stay in remote areas, rural areas or are either unemployed due to family or other personal reasons. There are still a large number of women who leave their education mid-way. This is where distance education plays a huge role in getting them back on track.
Thanks to distance education it is now possible to get an MBA in HR, Finance or Marketing. The increase in reach of the internet has changed the education system with the introduction of distance and open learning colleges.
Women, especially in India, face restrictions in the form of traditional patriarchal attitudes. Distance education makes it possible for women to now explore employment opportunities.
Illiteracy leads to a poor self-image which makes women hesitant to take an active part in society. Literacy opens up possibilities of exploring new corners of the world, and boosts a woman’s self-worth.
Distance education has the following advantages –
1. It helps in gaining confidence
2. It improves career opportunities
3. It helps in upgrading skills
4. It improves decision-making
5. It helps acquire knowledge
6. It helps improve self-image
7. It provides an opportunity for networking
8. It is flexible and can be pursued at the student’s convenience
In India, the percentage of women opting for distance education is 30-40%. Education has empowered women. It has enabled them to address problems like accessing drinking water and health services, earning minimum wages, education their children and so on.