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Stree Manoraksha Project: Relevance

  • GS 2: Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States.


Stree Manoraksha Project: Context

  • Recently, Ministry of Women and Child Development (MWCD) has launched Stree Manoraksha Project, as a part of the week-long International Women’s Day


Stree Manoraksha Project: Key points

  • The initiative has been launched in collaboration with NIMHANS (National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences), Bengaluru.
  • The project is aimed at extending mental health training to 6000 OSC functionaries across India.
  • The project would emphasise on the psychosocial well-being and aim to improve the mental health of women in India.
  • The project would focus on building on capacity building of OSC (One Stop Centres) functionaries on the tools and techniques as to how to handle the cases of women approaching OSC, particularly the women who have suffered violence and distress with due sensitivity and care.
  • The project also focusses on self-care techniques for OSC staff and counselors.


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About Stree Manoraksha Project

  • The project which has been outlined meticulously by NIMHANS based on the requirements projected by the Ministry will be imparted in two formats.
  • One format will focus on basic training for all OSC functionaries including the security guards, cook, helpers, case workers, counselors, centre administrators, para medical staff etc.
  • The second format will emphasise on the advanced course which focuses on varied components relating to multi-generational implications and life time trauma in case of several violence against women.
  • In this regard, MWCD has launched the advance certificate course for OSC Councilors and also released the resource material for capacity building of OSC Staff.


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What is One Stop Centres?

  • MWCD has formulated a Centrally Sponsored Scheme for setting up One Stop Centre, a sub – scheme of Umbrella Scheme for National Mission for Empowerment of women.
  • Popularly known as Sakhi, the scheme is being implemented since 2015.
  • These Centres are being established across the country to provide integrated support and assistance under one roof to women affected by violence, both in private and public spaces in phased manner.
  • Aggrieved women facing any kind of violence due to attempted sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic violence, trafficking, honour related crimes, acid attacks or witch-hunting who have reached out or been referred to the OSC will be provided with specialized services.
  • A total of 234 One Stop Centers (OSCs) currently functional in the country.


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