Equality in Workplace and Home (Yojana December 2020) (Download PDF)

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Equality in Workplace and Home

  • A family is the smallest unit of the society and a violence-free home is the key to a violence-free society.
  • The biggest form of women empowerment is to make them aware of their legal rights.
  • They can be their own torchbearers.
  • The best way to do it is to educate women about the legal provisions available for their protection.
  • Legal awareness gives women a chance to live a dignified way of life.

The National Commission for Women

  • Reviews the existing provisions of the constitution and other laws affecting the women.
  • Recommends amendments to suggest remedial legislative measures to meet the changes needed.
  • The commission reviewed the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition, Redressal) Act. The commission observed that the direction regarding constitution of an Internal Complaints Committee is not adhered by many.
  • The commission also observed that the definition of sexual harassment at workplace needs to be expanded to include gender-based cybercrimes.
  • The Commission launched a WhatsApp emergency helpline number 7217735372 for reporting cases of domestic violence.
  • The Commission in collaboration with Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) runs a project to empower women and help women survivors of violence.
    • The project runs across seven states Bihar, Assam, Meghalaya, Punjab, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, and Tamil Nadu to support mechanism for women victims of domestic violence.
    • To create a systematic grievance redressal mechanism within the criminal justice system.
    • Placement of trained social workers for providing psycho-legal services for violated women at all Districts Headquarters.
  • The Commission has been conducting One day Gender Sensitization Workshops across the country for police personnel.
    • Aims at bringing behavioral change in police personnel.
    • To enable them to act without prejudice and compassion.
    • While dealing with victims of gender-based crimes and women in general.
  • The NCW initiated a comprehensive Gender Sensitization and Legal Awareness Programme in collaboration with Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan for students of class 11th and 12th under which a booklet of ‘Major Laws Relating to Women’ , as well as content on ‘Gender Sensitization’ was made available for students.

Joint Collaborative Programme of National Legal Services Authority and NCW

  • Women especially belonging to the lower strata of the society are given practical knowledge about the basic legal rights and remedies provided.
  • Making women aware of the various machineries of the justice delivery system available for the grievance redressal.
  • The programme explains women the procedure of approaching and utilizing various channels available for the redressal of the grievances, the Police, the Executive, and the Judiciary.
  • It sensitizes women and girls about their Rights as provided under the various laws including the Indian Penal Code, 1860; the Dowry Prohibition Act, 1961; the Prevention of Domestic Violence to Women Act, 2005 etc.

- Published/Last Modified on: April 13, 2021

Agriculture/Agro Industries, Yojana, Women/Minority Empowerment

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