Five high profile resignations later, the Union Ministry of Women and Child Development (WCD) has now announced the reconstitution of the high-level committee on the status of women which is mandated to undertake comprehensive study to understand the status of women since 1989 as well as to evolve appropriate policy interventions based on a contemporary assessment of women’s needs.
The committee earlier saw the resignation of its chairperson, member secretary and three members of the committee.
Speaking about the committee and its reconstitution, a senior official at the WCD ministry said: “This committee constituted after 42 years of the first survey will look into various aspects of the status of women from different sections of the society. Women, even today, face discrimination and violence within and outside their households irrespective of their status in the society. It is, therefore, important to spread the awareness amongst women at the grassroots level of their rights and entitlements.”
He added that the committee will conduct an extensive literary survey on the status of women in India 1989 onwards. “It will prepare a report on the socio-economic, political and legal status of women in India. The report will be submitted to the WCD Ministry within two years,” said WCD minister Krishna Tirath.
The Minister, speaking after the first meeting of the reconstituted high-level committee held recently, said: “There are enough rules and legislations to protect women in India and our Constitution, too, provides equal status and rights to women. However, sadly in practice, women in India are still discriminated against.”
“There is an urgent need to create enough ‘Ahimsa Messengers’ at the grassroots level and train them to spread awareness about the legal provisions, rights and schemes of the government, amongst the women. These would include panchayat leaders and workers, along with anganwadi workers and ASHAs,” she said.
Stating that it was pertinent that the status of women should be known and policies should be framed for their active participation in various sectors in the country, Ms. Tirath added that although women play a very important role in running households, their work is rarely recognised.
“We are concerned about the rising cases of violence against children and women,” she said.
WCD Ministry reconstitutes
a committee mandated to study the status of women in
the country since 1989