Gender equality is the state in which rights, responsibilities and opportunities for people are unaffected by gender. Gender empowerment is a form of social empowerment -“an iterative process with key components including an enabling environment that encourages popular participation in decision-making that affects the achievement of goals like poverty eradication, social integration and decent work for all as well as sustainable development.” In the case of gender empowerment, this process is based in a means of change that alters the positioning of those in a lesser position due to their gender (including women and transgender individuals) to allow for autonomy and self-determination.
You can read more in this report: Theoretical and Definitional Basis for Identification of Measures of Gender Equality and Empowerment
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