March 10, 2018
The Ministry of Women and Child Development (WCD) has prepared the draft National Policy for Women, 2017 after seeking recommendations from the stakeholders. The draft has now been submitted to the Cabinet for consideration. The Draft envisions a society in which women attain their full potential and are able to participate as equal partners in all spheres of life.
The draft policy addresses the diverse needs of women through identified priority areas like health including food security and nutrition, education, economy, violence against women, governance and decision making, creating an enabling environment (including housing, shelter and infrastructure, drinking water and sanitation, media and culture, sports and social security) and climate change.
The policy envisages efforts to be taken up to address the special needs of single women such as widows, separated, divorced, never-married and deserted women including women-headed households and single women living within households.