National Mission for Empowerment of Women (NMEW)

The National Mission for Empowerment of Women (NMEW) was launched by the Government of India (GOI) on International Women's Day in 2010 with the aim to strengthen overall processes that promote all-round development of women

It has the mandate to strengthen the inter-sector convergence; facilitate the process of coordinating all the women's welfare and socio-economic development programs across Ministries and Departments. The Mission aims to provide a single window service for all programmes run by the Government for Women under agencies of various Central Ministries.

The National Resource Centre for Women has been set up which functions as a National Convergence Centre for all schemes and programmes for women. It acts as a central repository of knowledge, information, research and data on all gender related issues and is the main body servicing the National and State Mission Authority.

National Mission for Empowerment of Women Statement: NMEW aims to achieve gender equality, and gender justice and holistic development of women through inter-sectoral convergence of programmes relating to women, forging synergy between various stakeholders and creating an enabling environment conducive to social change.

Focus areas of the National Mission for Empowerment of Women-

* Access to health, drinking water, sanitation and hygiene facilities for women

* Coverage of all girls especially those belonging to vulnerable groups in schools from primary to class 12

* Higher and Professional education for girls/women

* Skill development, Micro credit, Vocational Training, Entrepreneurship, SHG development

* Gender sensitization and dissemination of information

* Taking steps to prevent crime against women and taking steps for a safe environment for women

Key Strategies of National Mission for Empowerment of Women

Facilitating inter-sector convergence of schemes meant for women, monitor and review the progress on regular basis

Strengthening institutional framework offering support service for women

At policy level commission research, evaluation studies, review schemes, programmes and legislation, do gender audit and outcome assessment to build the evidence for policy and programme reform and scale up implementation of the initiatives

Enhance economic empowerment of girls and women through skill development, micro credit, vocational training and entrepreneurship and SHG development

Evolve with the support of community representatives and groups appropriate and localized communication to strengthen public education on gender, behaviour change and social mobilization using 360 degree approach on media and communication.