Empowerment is the power granted by one person or institution to another. The government can grant empowerment to a department to effect change, or a person can grant empowerment to her lawyer to sign contracts on her behalf.

In the US of the 1950s and 60s, there were a number of groups that sought empowerment against oppression. Some of these included the Civil Rights Movement, led by a number of powerful members including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. During this period, César Chávez worked for the rights of Latinos and farm workers. There were a number of other empowerment movements as well, each working to gain power for an oppressed group.

Definitions of empowerment

n the act of conferring legality or sanction or formal warrant

authorisation, authorization
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the act of final authorization
license, permission, permit
the act of giving a formal (usually written) authorization
certification, enfranchisement
the act of certifying or bestowing a franchise on
commission, commissioning
the act of granting authority to undertake certain functions
delegating, delegation, deputation, relegating, relegation
authorizing subordinates to make certain decisions
loan approval
formal authorization to get a loan (usually from a bank)
rubber stamp
routine authorization of an action without questions
benefit of clergy
sanction by a religious rite
by the sanction or authority of
nihil obstat
authoritative approval
the act of granting credit or recognition (especially with respect to educational institution that maintains suitable standards)
the commission that is given to a government and its policies through an electoral victory
devolution, devolvement
the delegation of authority (especially from a central to a regional government)
permission to proceed
conge, congee
formal permission to depart
the act of allowing
an exemption from some rule or obligation
official recognition of the right of individuals to hold dissenting opinions (especially in religion)
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direction, management
the act of managing something

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