While empowerment is a commonly used term in the world of international development, there is no one accepted definition. Generally, someone is empowered when (1) they have equal capabilities, (2) equal access to resources and opportunities, and (3) has the agency to use these rights, capabilities, resources, and opportunities to make their own choices. Put simply an empowered person can control their own destiny, they have the ability to achieve their full potential in society, and shape their life according to their own aspirations. Furthermore, the concept of empowerment goes beyond the individual in the sense that it really seeks to transform the social structures and institutions that perpetuate discrimination and inequality.
- See also:
- Flower of Participation,Meaningful Youth Participation