Pam Rajput Committee (National Women Policy)

Committee was formed by Ministry of Women and Child Development in 2012. It submitted its recommendations last year, which had 2 major things:

  1. It suggested a national policy for women and
  2. An action plan to end violence against women.
Now based on this committees recommendations, government has prepared a draft New National Women Policy
The policy defines following as priority areas:
  1. Health including food security and nutrition.
  1. Education
  2. Economy
  3. Governance and Decision Making.
  4. Violence Against Women.
  5. Enabling Environment.
  6. Environment and Climate Change.
Major Highlights of Policy are:
  • The policy aims to create sustainable socio-economic, political empowerment of women to claim their rights and entitlements, control over resources and formulation of strategic choices in realisation of the principles of gender equality and justice.
  • The policy envisions a society in which, women attain their full potential and are able to participate as equal partners in all spheres of life. It also emphasises the role of an effective framework to enable the process of developing policies, programmes and practices which will ensure equal rights and opportunities for women.
  • 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 policy also describes emerging issues such as making cyber spaces safe place for women, redistribution of gender roles, for reducing unpaid care work, review of   personal and customary laws in accordance with the Constitutional provisions, Review of criminalization of marital rape within the framework women’s human rights etc. relevant in the developmental paradigms.
  • Operational strategies laid down in the policy provide a framework for implementation of legislations and strengthening of existing institutional mechanisms through action plan, effective gender institutional architecture. Advocacy and Stakeholder Partnerships, Inter-Sectoral Convergence, Gender Budgeting and generation of gender disaggregated data have also been given due focus.
  • The new policy has suggested dependent care and child care leave not for just working women, but working men too.
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