National Policy for the Empowerment of Women was adopted in the year 2001. The goal of the policy is to bring about the advancement, development and empowerment of women.
Specifically, the aims of the national policy for empowerment of Indian women include:
- Creating an environment through favorable economic and social policies for the full development of women to enable them to realize their full potential.
- The de-jure and de-facto enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by women on equal basis with men in all spheres-political, economic, social, cultural and civil.
- Equal access to participation and decision-making of women in the social, political and economic life of the nation.
- Equal access to women in health care, quality education at all levels, career and vocational guidance, employment, equal pay, occupational health and safety, social security and public office, etc.
- Strengthening legal systems for the elimination of all forms of discrimination against gender basis of women.
- Changing societal attitudes and community practices by active participation and involvement of both genders: men and women.
- Mainstreaming a gender perspective into all policies and programmes for women development in the Indian system.
- Elimination of discrimination and all forms of violence against woman and the girl children.
- Building and strengthening partnerships with civil society, particularly with women’s organizations.