India Updating National Policy for Women’s Empowerment: Maneka Gandhi


CSWMinister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi has stated that India is updating the National Policy for Women to establish a solid foundation for accelerating its commitment to women’s empowerment.

“Ensuring gender equality, promoting women’s empowerment and combating discrimination and violence against women are integral to our national pursuit of forging inclusive society and development,” she said during a roundtable session at the 60th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). The Union Minister added, “We have adopted both enabling legislative and policy framework for advancement of women and undertaken awareness generation and sensitization programmes to fight social prejudices and stereotypes.”

Gandhi told the roundtable that many of the Sustainable Development Goals which form the core of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development are already being implemented through flagship programmes of the government such as Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan, Make in India, Digital India, Skill India, Smart Cities and Jan Dhan Yojana.

“Mechanism has been put in place that every programme or project is shaped by a gender analysis at the planning stage itself and also establishes common indicators for judging our success (Outcome Budget),” the minister said. “Women’s issues, including new issues, are now raised more easily and more often than before,” she added