There is enough room for all women to be whole without tearing each other down.
Every year on the 9th of August the internet is talking about women empowerment and how women are far superior to men. For sure, we have come a long way, but there’s also a long way to go. In the middle of all this, the true meaning of women empowerment has actually been lost.
Women Empowerment… what does it really mean?
Think about it, Women Empowerment was and still is a process. It did not happen in a day or a few weeks. It is a process in which women elaborate and recreate what it is that they can be, do and accomplish in life that they previously were denied, without permission.
Now that that’s clear, let us have a look at a list of famous Queen Rania quotes, compiled by Entity Magazine, that portray the ultimate real-life queen.
1. ON INCITING CHANGE
“I think change needs to be egoless. It’s not about my leaving my fingerprints or a legacy. It’s more important to be part of a process by rolling up your sleeves, being on the ground, initiating projects, starting campaigns – you know, building stuff.”
2. ON THE IMPORTANCE OF SOCIAL MEDIA
“Social media is a catalyst for the advancement of everyone’s rights. It’s where we’re reminded that we’re all human and all equal. It’s where people can find and fight for a cause, global or local, popular or specialized, even when there are hundreds of miles between them.”
3. ON WHAT YOU CHOOSE TO DO WITH YOUR TITLE AND POSITION
“At the end of the day, the position is just a position, a title is just a title, and those things come and go. It’s really your essence and your values that are important.”
4. ON CREATING A BETTER WORLD
“When you deprive people of their right to live in dignity, to hope for a better future, to have control over their lives when you deprive them of that choice, then you expect them to fight for these rights.”
5. ON ACCEPTING EVERYONE
“We shouldn’t judge people through the prism of our own stereotypes.”
6. ON VENTURING OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE
“I think generally, in life, I try to always ensure that there are periodic moments where I do venture out of my comfort zone because that’s what keeps you alive. That’s what keeps you from getting stale.”
7. ON THE POWER OF WOMEN BANDING TOGETHER
“If one girl with courage is a revolution, imagine what feats we can achieve together.”
8. ON THE IMPORTANCE OF EDUCATION FOR GIRLS
“When girls are educated, you get effects that cascade throughout society.”
9. ON TIME
“We’re programmed to believe that time is the enemy, that it takes away from us or that it diminishes us. I have found that it’s done the opposite to me. Life is in perfect balance. It’s just that our perception of it isn’t.”
10. ON THE POSSIBILITIES OF TECHNOLOGY
“I found that being online has opened a window for me to look into other people’s lives… The greatest fear that I have is losing touch.”
11. ON RELIGION’S ROLE IN SOCIETY
“Holy scripture does not hold women back. It’s the people that decide to interpret it in such a way for their own, sometimes political, agendas.”
12. ON SUPPORTING WOMEN
“Role models can inspire. Campaigns can motivate. But if we want all girls everywhere to rise up, then we must find them, befriend them and support them.”
13. ON THE IMPORTANCE OF LITERACY
“Learning to read and write changes lives; it means jobs, money, health, and dreams fulfilled.”
There is no tool for development more effective than the empowerment of women.