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 programmes across ministries and departments. The Mission aims to provide a single window service for all programmes run by the Government for Women under aegis of various Central Ministries. In light with its mandate, the Mission has been named Mission Poorna Shakti, implying a vision for holistic empowerment of women. 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.
Focus areas of the Mission
* 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
Women Empowerment: Challenges and Prospects