The term empowerment covers a vast landscape of meanings, interpretations, definitions and disciplines ranging from psychology and philosophy to the highly commercialized self-help industry and motivational sciences.
Empowerment refers to increasing the spiritual, political, social, educational, gender or economic strength of individuals and communities.
A process through which rights holders develop the necessary skills, knowledge, experience and confidence to know their rights and to influence decisions and processes that affect their rights.
Articles from Amnesty:
Empowerment – this difficult word. What does it really mean? Sometimes it is interpreted as emancipation – to reclaim control of your everyday life.
What does it mean to be a free human being? To be responsible for your own life. And at the same time let go and depend on someone else.
I’m listening to Rolf Wikström singing the famous lyrics of Nils Ferlin “Mitt hjärta är ditt….” - “My heart, it is thine… “ I would like to add that my life, it is mine. Let’s live our lives side by side. And seize the day together.
– Maria Erixon Levin, Founder