The term empowerment is used in the British language as a reference to giving people power over their situation. However, other areas of the world use the same word to describe the object in which they desire.
Empowerment is a general term that refers to people seeking power of their current situation such as reducing the effects the government has over them. In South Africa, many use this word to describe social changes such as additional training or jobs that some citizens do not have available to them. Some people simply think of empowerment as an action in which they gain authority over their personal situation.