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Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Draft policy for women to be released today

The women and child development ministry under Maneka Gandhi has revised the National Policy for Women for the first time since 2001. The policy is likely to address issues related to widows and universal health benefits for all women apart from dealing with issues of single women.

The draft policy will be made public today by Union Minister Maneka Gandhi. 

The Policy will act as a roadmap over the next 15-20 years for dealing with women's issues, ranging from discrimination against women to the expectations of the new emerging aspirational woman. 

There has been staggering growth in this sector with a 40% increase in the population of single women in India between 2001 and 2011. 

The government policy is expected to prepare for this growth by empowering single women through skill development and economic incentives. 

The policy will look into the entire continuum. It will be placed for public consultation with all stakeholders including NGOs, civil societies among others.

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