Maha govt prepares draft for women’s empowerment policy

According to Maharashtra Minister Yashomati Thakur, the state government has drafted a new women’s empowerment strategy that takes a holistic approach to gender equality. Recognizing the importance of equal gender relations, the policy seeks to engage actively with men and boys in fostering gender equality, according to a statement released on Wednesday by the state minister for women and child development.

She stated that the document will be finalised after consultations with stakeholders. The policy focuses on the social and economic development of women, girls, and those who identify as LGBTQIA. She added there are references to women-led houses and families, as well as LGBTQIA people.

Specific measures for women and girls have been offered. Women and girls from the SC, ST, religious minorities, de-notified tribes, nomadic tribes, adivasi forest dwellers, internally displaced persons, project-affected people, women with disabilities, sex workers, bar dancers, women in distress, single mothers, survivors of all forms of violence, migrant women, and women in the media industry, among others, have been proposed specific provisions, according to the statement.

The minister stated that social protection measures have been prioritised to assist women affected by the COVID-19 epidemic, climatic shocks, and disasters in the areas of health, education, and labour. To support monitoring and assessment, a high-power committee led by the chief minister, a special task force led by the minister of women and child development, a district implementation and steering committee, and a state-level gender resource centre have been established.

Women’s physical and mental health will be improved with the involvement of families and men in particular, gender responsive education, and universal access to quality education will be the focus areas.

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