National Mission for Empowerment of Women

National Mission for Empowerment of Women (NMEW) is an initiative of the Government of India (GOI) with a view to empower women socially, economically and educationally. The Mission aims to achieve empowerment of women on all these fronts by securing convergence of schemes/programmes of different Ministries/Departments as well as effective implementation of various social laws concerning women. In this endeavour, the Mission seeks to utilize existing structural arrangements of participating Ministries, wherever available, and make use of Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) as far as possible. The mission would bring together women centric schemes/programmes requiring convergent action for better and effective delivery to the targeted groups. In doing so, it would not impinge on the operational authority of any of the participating Ministry/ Department of autonomous body.

NMEW as a mission based approach was initiated as per recommendations of the Committee of Governors (COG) setup by the Hon’ble President of India, to address the socioeconomic development and empowerment of women. The Mission was launched by the Hon’ble President of India on 8th March, 2010.

The objective of this Mission is to facilitate the processes towards ensuring economic and social empowerment of women with emphasis on health and education, to progressively eliminate violence against women, create awareness about various schemes and programmes meant for women, gender mainstreaming of programmes, policies, institutional arrangements and processes of participating Ministries.

NMEW has a National Mission Authority (NMA) at the apex level under the Chairmanship of the Prime Minister, which is meant to provide policy direction to the Mission and enable convergence across ministries. The NMA comprises of Ministers of 14 Ministries of the GOI, which have close interface with issues related to women, Chairperson of the National Commission for Women (NMEW), Chief Ministers of two States and five representatives from Civil Society Organizations (CSO). The Central Monitoring Committee (CMC) under the Minister of State (IC),Ministry of Women and Child Development (MWCD) with representatives from five participating Ministries/Departments, State Governments and official and non-official domain experts as members has the role of effective monitoring of the functioning of the Mission.

The inter-Ministerial Coordination Committee (IMCC) under the cabinet secretary with secretaries of 14 participating Ministries/Departments as members has the role of reviewing inter-ministerial convergence issues. The details are given in office order F. No: 25-8/2012/NRCW/NMEW/IMCC, dated 10th September, 2012.

A National Mission Directorate along with a National Resource Centre for Women (NRCW), comprising of technical experts anchored with the MWCD operationalizes the activities of the Mission.

Institutional mechanism at the State level consists of the State Mission Authority (SMA) under the chairmanship of the Chief Minister and Ministers of key Departments related to Women’s issues besides civil society representatives as members to provide direction to the Mission’s activities.
The State Resource Centre for Women (SRCW) provides institutional support to operationalize the activities of the Mission in States. Structures at the district and sub district level going to the Gram Panchayats (GP) are being tested on pilot basis in some states before the model is presented for wider replicability.


Related Links

Mission & Objectives ::: State Resource Centre for Women, Nagaland