The power within

Posted March 5, 2010 from Zambia

Power is always associated with politics, wealth or importance. Power in other words is the same as control, authority, influence, rule, dominance, force or strength.

Power has several definitions. According to the new weave of power, people and politics, power is defined as degree of control over material, human, intellectual and financial resources exercised by the different sections of society.

In politics people in decision making such as the president, ministers and other can enforce a law even if it does not have the support of citizen. Because they have control, they use the power to enforce the opposed law and can even punish those who question them. Although it is said that no one is above the law, those who have wealth, money use corrupt means to win a case and send the innocent to prison, this also, is power.

At times power is referred to as muscle, in most parts of world men are still in leadership positions in homes, communities and the international levels. Although gender equality in favor of women has seen some positive changes in some sectors such as education, a man has continued to exercise his power. Since he is believed to be a strong vessel while a woman a weaker vessel, he makes decision at times without a woman’s concert. He also denies a woman some of her rights such as sexual reproductive rights. A poor and vulnerable woman continues to dance and roll on the bare ground for a president as he steps out of a plane. This is expected of her since she is a woman.

A woman in some parts of the world especially some parts of the peri-urban and rural areas here do not know that they also possess power within themselves. Power is not about wealth, it is not about money or force but it’s about an individual exercising what is within them.

Power according to Weber is defined as that ability to realize his or her will in a social action, even against the will of other actors .Power is what makes an individual, their nationality, their age, their religion, their education, their class in society, their achievement, their voice, their color, and so forth. It is recognizing the sense of self wealth, the value and knowledge one has. It is all about using the potential which lies in an individual to bring about change.

Power does not need to change something very big but even just a little change means one uses their power. The passion to assist a poor woman is power. If women can stand and speak against the injustice done to them, if they can be able to say No to violence, to abuse and educate one another on their rights then power within them is recognized. Sharing of information, empowering a fellow woman is exercising power within. Networking, Lobbying and advocating are also exercising power.

Hoping this year’s women day will bring about the recognition of power within a woman and change the world perspective on power.

International Women's Day 2010: Women Can Build the Bridges of Social Change

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  • Nusrat Ara
    Mar 09, 2010
    Mar 09, 2010

    Just made me remember

    No one can "make" me angry or sad or happy or anything else unless I "chose" or "give them permission" to do that.

    That is POWER.

    I wish we all find it.

  • Mwaka
    Apr 04, 2010
    Apr 04, 2010

    my apology for taking long to respond

    I also wish we can have that power, power to voice out and bring about change. at least on this plateform we are able to demonstrate our power.

    thanks Dear and God bless you

    love you

  • JaniceW
    Mar 10, 2010
    Mar 10, 2010

    I loved this post as we often forget that we do own our power and usually have the choice to say "yes" or "no". Women have unique strengths and the capacity to be incredibly strong, even in the face of adversity. We just need to find pathways to identify, celebrate, and tap into the myriad strengths we possess. By coming together to support each other’s goals and dreams, we can not only enhance our own lives, but empower others.

    The true power of women is that we have within us the power to change the world.

  • Mwaka
    Apr 04, 2010
    Apr 04, 2010

    we surely need to find pathyways to identity, celebrate and tap into the myriad strength we possess.And it is so interesting that at least on world pulse we showing that power and heliping one another to grow. My apology for not replying in time.

    thanks and best

    with Love

  • Halima Rahman
    May 02, 2010
    May 02, 2010


    This is great article and powerful voice that I love it so much. Am fascinated. You are a great journalist and writter.

    Wish you all the best!

  • Mwaka
    May 02, 2010
    May 02, 2010

    Thank you so much for reading through my post. It is always my pressure to receive your inspiring comments. with love