Importance of Women Empowerment in the Indian Context
Importance of Women Empowerment in the Indian ContextQuestion: Empowering women is the key to attaining gender parity and social justice. GoI recently released commemorative stamps for empowering women. Discuss the importance of women empowerment.
- Women empowerment is critical for attaining stronger economies, attain globally agreed goals for sustainability and development and improve quality of life for women, men and communities.
- UNDP focuses on gender equality and women’s empowerment in terms of human rights and a pathway to achieve MDG and sustainable development
- Principle of gender equality is an important part of the Indian Constitution
- Constitution grants women equality and empowers the state to carry out affirmative action plans for women
- Laws, development policies, plans and programmes have aimed at advancing women’s welfare in varied spheres
- National Commission for Women was established by a 1990 Act of Parliament to provide safeguards for rights and legal entitlements for women
- 73rd and 74th AA to the Constitution of India have provided reservation of seats in local bodies for women
- This has laid a strong foundation for women empowerment at local levels
- However, gaps still exist in the wide spread network of government and organisations for ensuring the full impact of women empowerment reaches its target audience
- Holistic approach to women’s health including both nutrition and health services needs to be pursued
Facts and Stats
- A set of 4 stamps and a miniature sheet on the theme of women empowerment was recently released by the Ministry of Communication and IT
- The National Mission for Empowerment of Women (NMEW) was launched by GoI in 2010 to promote women’s empowerment.