Women’s contribution in economic empowerment more than national average

Workshop on gender sensitisation and skill augmentation begins

Bhopal, December 16, 2015 (Ataullah Faizan):   Women’s contribution in economic empowerment in Madhya Pradesh is more than national average. Women’s participation is 32.60 percent in various sectors in proportion to women’s total population in the state as per Census-2011 against national average of 25.5 percent. The state government has made concrete steps to provide safe atmosphere at workplaces to these women. This was informed by Commissioner Women’s Empowerment Mrs. Kalpana Shrivastava during 2-day workshop on gender sensitisation and skill augmentation under The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 here today. The workshop is being held by Women & Child Development Department, UN Women and Lawyer Collective Women’s Rights Initiative. Commissioner Mrs. Kalpana Shrivastava informed that CEOs in all districts have been appointed Ex-officio District Officers to provide safe atmosphere at workplaces to women employees. Women’s Empowerment Officers in all districts have been made Nodal Officers for effective implementation of Act-2013.

She informed that internal family committees have been constituted in all 51 districts of the state. Process to constitute internal family committees is also underway in non-government offices and public undertakings. She informed that training workshops to enhance awareness about Act-2013 are being held in all districts and divisions. Mrs. Shrivastava informed that internal family committees have been constituted in all the offices in 50 districts where less than 10 women are working. Commissioner Women’s Empowerment informed that in collaboration with National Law University, Women’s Empowerment Directorate has prepared training manual which will be used by master trainers during field training.

She said that the state government is committed to effective implementation of Act of 2013 so that every woman feels empowered and safe. Director National Law Institute Prof. S.S. Singh said that it is necessary for effective implementation of this Act that fear should be ended that disclosure of harassment will cause defame of victim woman worker. Institutional responsibility for implementation of the Act should also be fixed. UN Women’s Miss Manju Pandey said that condition of women has changed now.

About 92 percent women are working in unorganized sector. Under these circumstances, it is necessary for effective implementation of the Act that awareness about it should be enhanced and skills to use it are augmented. She said that people’s mindset and work culture should also be changed. She stressed the need for constant monitoring and review of the Act’s implementation. Miss Pandey lauded Madhya Pradesh government’s initiatives for women’s empowerment.

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