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Women Development

Recognizing the need to accelerate the empowerment process of women, while also acknowledging the fact that women are now accepted agents of development, during 2003-04 the Directorate of Women Development was created out of the bifurcation of the erstwhile Department of Social Security & Welfare.

With the overall objective of balancing the gender divide, the Department aims at the uplift of women and facilitate her self-dependency while continuing to protect and safeguard her rights and privileges. The financial, human and technological resources required to uplift women are truly enormous- and the logistics involved would be staggering. As such, the Department envisages working in partnership with NGOs to promote a more active and deliberate involvement of women in development.

The Dept. recognizes the crucial role that women play and the huge potential especially in the group dynamics of women SHGs. Thus, building on the experience gained while working with grassroots functionaries and support groups, the main thrust of the Department is to; create, develop and strengthen women centred Self Help Groups (SHGs) by expanding and augmenting the present activities and introducing new strategies.

The target group of the Department is; women in difficult circumstances, school and college girl dropouts, women with disabilities, women entrepreneurs, women SHG leaders, grassroots women leaders and women in general. It will also cater to the special needs of commercial sex workers, HIV/AIDs infected and affected women, deserted women, victims of sexual exploitation and marital violence.

The activities of the Department, which are mainly focused in addressing the issues and needs of aforementioned women, include:

  • Training cum Production Centre
  • Financial Assistance to Destitute Women
  • Integrated Development cum Research Centre
  • Rehabilitation cum Support Centre
  • Nagaland State Women Commission
  • Women Development Empowerment Programme
  • Transformative Livelihood Intervention

For implementation of various State and Central sponsored schemes and programmes under the Department consultations are made with various authorities such as:

  • Concerned Departments
  • Village councils etc. wherever necessary for formulation of the departmental policy and implementation of various programmes.

For the consultation with and representation by the members of the public in relation to the formulation of its policy, various workshops, seminars, meetings etc. are being regularly conducted with the following:

  • Various Women Organizations & NGOs
  • Village Councils
  • Nagaland State Commission for Women
  • Nagaland State Social Welfare Board
  • Subject matter experts
  • Women Self Help Groups.

The following boards, committees are constituted by the department with the approval of the Government for implementation and finalizing all departmental activities and schemes.

  • Nagaland State Commission for Women
  • Nagaland State Social Welfare Board
  • State level Nutrition Board
  • Various Selection Committees in the State for selection of beneficiary under various schemes
  • Multi disciplinary Grant-in-Aid Committee (CSS)
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