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18th May 2016
Government releases Draft National Policy for Women 2016
The government has released draft National Policy for Women 2016 for stakeholder comments and consultations almost a decade and half since the National Policy for Empowerment of Women, 2001 was formulated. The document is available on the website of the Ministry of Women and Child Development.
The Policy was released at a press conference in the capital by Smt Maneka Gandhi, Union Minister for Women and Child Development. The broad objective of the policy is to create a conducive socio-cultural, economic and political environment to enable women enjoy de jure and de facto fundamental rights and realize their full potential. The priority areas as defined in the draft National Policy for women are:
  • Health including food security and nutrition: Focus on recognizing women’s reproductive rights, shift of family planning focus also to males, addressing health issues in a life cycle continuum  such as psychological and general well-being, health care challenges related to nutrition/ hygiene  of adolescents, geriatric health care, expansion of health insurance schemes and under-nutrition
  • Education: Improve access to pre-primary education, enrolment and retention of adolescent girls, implement innovative transportation models for better schooling outcomes, advocate gender champions and address disparities with regard to ICTs.
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