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  • Manthan Topic: Ensuring safety and empowerment of women Team Details Jabir Ali K, IIT Madras Shaima Salim, IIT Madras Gowtham Chakkravarthy, IIT Madras Anand VS, IIT Madras Richards CS, IIT Madras A separate department in state & central government for women welfare, safety and empowerment
  • According to the 2013 UNDP report, all countries in South Asia except Afghanistan were ranked better for women than India. Safety ● A woman is raped in India once in 20 minutes. ● 10% of all crimes in India are of women abuse. ● Reports of rape, dowry deaths, molestation, sexual harassment and other crimes against women in India rose by 6.4 percent in 2012 from the previous year. ● 24,923 rapes were recorded across India last year compared to 24,206 in 2011. ● Highest number of rapes recorded in the capital city. ● The number of rapes reported in Delhi jumped 23 percent in last year compared to 2011. Empowerment ● Sex ratio in India: 1.08 male(s)/female which means women form 48% of India’s population. ● Only when this half of the population is empowered, will the Indian growth story be complete. ● Male literacy: 73.4 %, Female literacy: 47.8% ● Women constitute only 29% of the national workforce. ● Only 26% of women in India have access to formal credit compared to 37% in other developing economies.,
  • Proposed Solution A new separate ministry for women welfare and empowerment in state and central government ● Bring all existing organizations for women empowerment under one umbrella. ● Only women who volunteers to work will be a part of the department. Recruitment to various formal positions will be done by department. ● Funding will be provided by central & state governments. ● A new voluntary women patrol force similar to BSF within the department, with a network of helpline centres across the nation. ● Department will also concentrate on improving employment opportunities and educating the new generation about the importance of women empowerment and security.
  • Comparison with existing alternatives ● There are many organizations and NGOs working with same vision, but no coordination between them. ● Most of their works are inefficient because of lack of funds and co- ordination. Now, collaboration of all these organizations will improve the networking, which in turn will improve the efficiency of dealing with security issues. ● The male-female equality concept should be implanted in the minds of children of India through various co-curricular educational programs implemented by the department at schools. ● Simultaneously, sex education should be provided to girl children at schools and make them aware of their rights and safety measures against violence.
  • Collaboration of different organizations working for women welfare and safety ❖ All India Women’s Conference ❖ Gulabi Gang ❖ Sampada Gramin Mahila Sanstha ❖ Appan Samachar ❖ Mahila Aatma Raksha Samiti ❖ Self-employed women’s association of India ❖ Bharatiya Grameen Mahila Sangh Bring all of them under the new department in respective state or central government. It’ll result in a huge network.
  • All India Helpline Number ❏ Women in India are not aware of whom to contact under an emergency situation. ❏ There will be a large network of helpline centres across the nation working under the department. ❏ An All India Helpline Number for women to deal with unsafe situations. ❏ Due to the large network, the information could be passed to the nearest location within seconds, which in turn will enable the centre to act immediately and effectively. ❏ Currently, the information or complaint is passed to the nearest police stations. However, this system is not effective as even some the police officers cannot be trusted. ❏ Since the proposed department consists of only women volunteers, it’ll be more comfortable for women to contact them during unsafe situations.
  • Increased Employment Opportunities ❖ Since all the members of the department are women, it apparently increases the employment opportunities for women. ❖ Educationally qualified women who are ready to volunteer should be recruited by the department to various positions to take care of the helpline centres, educational programs at schools and other formal positions. ❖ The department will also consist of a collaborative unit of various existing organizations of self-employed women. A larger network will improve the exposure and thus employment opportunities.
  • References ● India Demographics Profile 2013 ● United Nations Development Programme: Annual Report ● Indiawomenstat.com ● List of women's organizations - Wikipedia