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UN Women's Office in India, based in New Delhi, works with the Government of India, other UN agencies, civil society, the private sector and influencers to achieve India's strategic priorities for women's advancement. Our programmes focus on upholding women's human rights and providing opportunities for women and girls to live up to their full potential.
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Investing in women’s economic empowerment is intrinsic to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It sets a direct path towards gender equality, poverty eradication, and inclusive economic growth. Yet despite the important progress that has been made in these areas, large gender gaps in economic opportunities and outcomes still remain across all countries and regions.
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The transgender (TG) community is one of the most marginalized social groups in India. Historically subjected to structural violence, the TG community continues to face widespread stigma and discrimination at the hands of their own families, society and even the state. Despite some recent progressive measures by the government, the community’s social mainstreaming and access to rights and entitlements remains shrouded in challenges. 'The Transgender Question in India: Policy and Budgetary...
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An assessment of programmes and schemes for the empowerment of religious minorities in India reveals that Muslim women and girls remain largely invisible in the overall policy framework. 'People at the margins: Whose Budgets? Whose Rights? - Locating Muslim Women in Indian Policy', published by UN Women and Ford Foundation draws from a study of the Prime Minister’s New 15 Points Programme in the four states of Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and Odisha, to identify key gaps in policy...
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UN Women commissioned BASIX--a new generation livelihood promotion institution--to carry out a gender analysis of banking sector policies, financial products and services in India. The project commenced in September 2012 and concluded in April 2013. Select banking sector policies were reviewed to identify barriers women face while accessing financial support and the appropriateness of financial products for women’s empowerment. Methods to draw gender responsive indicators for effective...
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UN Women partnered with ANANDI to strengthen gender perspectives in National Rural Livelihoods Mission (NRLM). Pilots were initiated in select districts under the State Rural Livelihoods Missions in Bihar (JEEViKA BRLPS) and Madhya Pradesh (MPSRLM). National and state level workshops were conducted for the Missions’ Project Implementation Agencies for developing indicators and strategies for gender responsive implementation. The project also worked with women’s collectives...
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An independent evaluation conducted by the UN Women South Asia sub-regional office in 2011, the report ‘Evaluation of UN Women support to PWN+ on HIV and AIDS focuses on UN Women’s assistance to PWN+, its invaluable technical support to this upcoming grassroots organization, and efforts to build the groundwork for a strong organization
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Violence against women and girls is a grave violation of human rights. It is not just a women’s issue but a human rights issue.
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The issue of domestic violence has emerged as one of the primary public policy concerns in countries around the world. Countries in the ASEAN region have embarked on important initiatives in order to address the issue of domestic violence. It is in this context that sharing “good practices” and discussing comparative perspectives from initiatives around the world has provided recommendations and a template for developing common regional standards.
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Violence Against Women and Girls in India
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This report and photo-essay are aimed at sharing the "live experience" of women and girls in India and ensuring that the voices especially those remain socially, economically and geographically marginalised are meaningfully reflected in the emerging post-2015 development discourse and agenda.
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UN Women is the global champion for women and girls. In India, UN Women builds on a strong foundation, taking forward the efforts of the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM). This brochure provides more information about UN Women’s programmes in India.
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Tailoring, embroidery, tie-and-dye, sujani (kaatha work) and carpet making are all done by women workers, who have little formal training and education.
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Though there is no uniformity in the practices being observed within Indian states to protect women from domestic violence, a number of them seem to be promising acts of change.
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How effective are police helplines? This study by Jagori, UN Women, UN Habitat and the Department of Women and Child Development, Delhi Government tries to understand the purpose of helplines, and studies the processes followed by the Delhi Police when it responds to hotlines (100 and 1091).
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Though there is no uniformity in the practices being observed within Indian states to protect women from domestic violence, a number of them seem to be promising acts of change.
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This policy brief is an effort to highlight critical gender concerns in key government interventions such as Swadhar Greh, Swadhar and Short Stay Homes, and provide policy recommendations to address them. It culls out gaps in policies, implementation and budgets, and suggests how these schemes can be strengthened.
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This document is a more detailed version of the presentation titled “Towards Economic Growth: Ideas Emerging from Gendered Analysis” prepared by the Working Group of Feminist Economists in the context of the Twelfth Plan Approach and shared with the Planning Commission.
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This policy brief outlines key policy recommendations to address critical shortcomings in delivery of services and identifies gender concerns in the ICDS Scheme. It challenges the assumption that schemes meant largely for women and children are inherently gender responsive and need no scrutiny from a gender perspective.
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This policy brief is an effort to highlight key policy recommendations to address critical gender concerns in the higher education sector. The recognition and redressal of inequalities in higher education has become a matter of considerable urgency in contemporary India.