According to Cambridge English Dictionary empowerment means “to authorize”. In the context of development the particular segment of the population: the poor, the women, the vulnerable, the weak, the oppressed and the discriminated have to be ’empowered’ to have control over their lives, to better their socio-economic and political conditions. Questions are raised as to ‘who empowers them?’ and ‘how to empower them?’ Ideally speaking no one empowers anyone, the best way is ‘self-empowerment’. But the segments of population mentioned above are handicapped both structurally and culturally to empower themselves without any external support from the state and others. As long as this segment of the population makes no effort at self-empowerment, it will be a long and arduous task and process for the outsiders to empower them.
When women are the advisor, the Lords of creation don’t take the advice till they have persuaded themselves that it is just what they intended to do; then they act upon it and if it succeeds, they give the weaker vessel half the credit of it; if it fails they generously give herself the whole.