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List of Women Empowerment Programmes/ Schemes in India

Women Empowerment Programmes

Women Empowerment is done to promote sense of self-worth in women, make them confident to have their own choices, and make them powerful enough to bring some social change for themselves and others to achieve the goal of making the world more peaceful and prosperous.

With women empowerment they are also given the power and chance to participate in decision-making process by providing them equal opportunities for growth and development in society by eliminating the menace of gender disparity.

Rights for women is also talked about in Indian Constitution under Article 15(3) which talks about the welfare of women and children and can be stated as “Nothing in this article shall prevent the State from making any special provision for women and children.”

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List of Women Empowerment Programmes/ Schemes

Ministry for women and child development under Government of India has been taking major steps to make women of India feel confident and empowered through various schemes and programmes. Here, In this article we have discussed such schemes and details related to it. Check the list given below –

Women Empowerment scheme Launched in  Goals/Aim 
Beti Bachao Beti Padhao Scheme 2015
  • against gender-biased sex selective abortion
  • ensuring survival & protection of the girl child
  • ensuring education and holistic development of the girl child
One-Stop Centre Scheme 2015
  • funded through Nirbhaya Fund
  • Female Victim affected by violence, get support and assistance, both in private and public spaces.
  • Ensuring First Information Report (FIR/NCR) gets registered.
  • Providing Emergency response and rescue services, Medical assistance, Psycho- social support, Legal aid and counselling, Shelter and Video conferencing facility.
Women Helpline Scheme 2016
  • To provide toll-free 24 hours immediate and emergency response to women affected by the violence.
  • To facilitate crisis and non-crisis intervention through referral to the appropriate agencies such as police/Hospitals/Ambulance services/District Legal Service Authority (DLSA)/Protection Officer (PO)/OSC.
  • To provide details about the appropriate support services, government schemes, and programs available to the woman affected by violence, on the basis of her situation and the place she belongs to.
UJJAWALA 2016
  • To prevent the trafficking of women and children for commercial sexual exploitation.
  • To enable rescue, rehabilitation and reintegration of the trafficked victims and place them in safe custody.
  • To provide rehabilitation services with both immediate and long-term to the victims by providing basic amenities/needs such as shelter, food, clothing, medical treatment including counseling, legal aid and guidance, and vocational training.
  • To facilitate reintegration of the victims into the family and society at large
Working Women Hostel 1972-73
  •  To meet the housing requirements of working or helpless women and can include children under special circumstances only.
  • To provide accommodation to children of working women, up to the age of 18 years for girls and up to the age of 5 years for boys.
  • For the assistance of mothers, the hostel authority provides Day Care services.
SWADHAR Greh 2018
  • To cater to the fundamental needs of women in distress or who have been victims of adversity.
  • To provide such women with housing, food, clothes, and health care, as well as economic and social stability.
  • To provide women with legal aid and guidance.
Support to Training and Employment Programme for Women (STEP) 1986-87
  • To provide skills that give employability to women.
  • To provide competencies and skill that enable women to become self-employed/ entrepreneurs.
  • To benefit women in the age group of 16 and above in the country.
Nari Shakti Puraskar 2016
  • Highest Civilian Honour for Women in India conferred by President of India annually.
  • Aim is to strengthen the place of women in society.
  • To facilitate institutions that work towards the progress and development of women in society.
NIRBHAYA FUND 2012
  • provides for a non-lapsable corpus fund through  which various schemes are launched to ensure safety and security for women at various levels.
  • To ensure strict privacy and confidentiality of women’s identity and information.
  • Provision for real-time intervention as far as possible
Mahila E-Haat 2016
  • Unique online platform where women participants can display their products.
  • Part of ‘Digital India’ and ‘Stand Up India’ initiatives
  • To facilitate entrepreneurship opportunities online for women.
  • To educate women on various aspects of online selling and helping them establish their business.
Mahila Police Volunteers 2016
  • An MPV will serve as a public-police interface to act as a link between police and community and help women in distress.
  • One Mahila Police Volunteer (MPV) is envisaged per Gram Panchayat across the country.
  • The broad mandate of MPVs is to report incidences of violence against women such as domestic violence, child marriage, dowry harassment and violence faced by women in public spaces.
Rajiv Gandhi National Creche Scheme for the Children of Working Mothers 2006
  • Providing day-care facilities for children (6 months to 6 years) of working mothers in the community.
  • Improving nutrition and health status of children.
  • Promoting physical, cognitive, social and emotional development of children.
  • 4. To educate and empower parents /caregivers for better childcare practices.

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