Defining Women Empowerment: A Conceptual Study


  • H.M.S.V. Silva Department of Human Resource Management, Faculty of Commerce and Management Studies, University of Kelaniya


This conceptual research seeks to close a gap in the body of information about women’s empowerment (WE). By carefully analyzing the typical traits of women's empowerment and the dimensions in the definitions provided by different scholars in women empowerment between 1995 and 2021, this study also focuses on determining whether women's empowerment has been defined in the existing literature in a way that is more appropriate to today's context. The study's five research topics were addressed using a desk research technique. Twenty reports were investigated from the literature. Ten common traits were discovered through text analysis and listed. Numerous outcomes from the study are in line with the four research topics that were posed. From this study, it can be inferred that the dimensions mentioned in the earlier research about women's empowerment did not adequately address these traits. Since the already available dimensions provided by many researchers do not accurately represent the notion of women’s empowerment, it is necessary to consider sufficient typical qualities of this concept while choosing the dimensions of this construct.


KEYWORDS: Women Empowerment, Resources, Self-efficacy; Agency, and Well-being, Characteristics, Literature, Gender equality