Gender Resource Center
The Gender Resource Centre (GRC) was established by Department of Women and Child Development (DWCD) in 2003 with the mission to ensure that the relevance of Gender Equity and Equality is accepted in the overall development process of the state. GRC facilitates Government Departments, NGOs, Academic Institutions, International Agencies and Independent experts in planning, implementing and evaluating gender sensitive programmes, policies, laws and schemes.
The mission of the centre is “To ensure that the relevance and significance of Gender Equity and Equality is accepted and incorporated in the overall development process and plans”.
Social & Policy Research, Gender Scan & Audit, Gender Budgeting & Mainstreaming, Policy support, Advocacy, Networking
- Capacity Building and IEC
Sensitization and Technical trainings, Training of Trainers, Manual and Material Development, IEC material development
- Reference and Information
Research Papers, Reference books, Database of experts, Government contacts, Web based information network called Gender Data Bank.
Seminars and workshops on various issues related to gender and development. The output of the workshops is used extensively during the advocacy period to generate awareness and interest.
- Networking with Civil Society
Identifying and networking with various agencies and motivating each group of agencies with clear mandate to pursue a particular policy issue on gender equity
- 77226 Benificiaries from Judiciary, Government Officer and NGO representatives have been trained from Year 2006 to March 2012.
- Rs. 198.20 lakh has been allocated for year 2012-13.
Nari Gaurav Niti
Guiding Pricipal of the policy
"But I am uncompromising in the matter of women's rights. In my opinion she should labour under no legal disability not suffered by men. I should treat the daughters and sons on a footing of perfect equality. A daughter's share must be equal to that of a son". - Mahatma Gandhi
Nari Gaurav Niti – The State Policy for Gender Equity announced by Government of Gujarat in 2006 for the development and empowerment of women in the state with the core principle of Mahatma Gandhi on women’s rights and equality.
The Guiding Philosophy of the policy is “Women and men have equal rights and opportunities to contribute to the well being of a society”.
The policy functions with an approach of gender planning, gender sensitization, gender mainstreaming, gender analysis - audit and gender convergence.
To achieve inter-sectoral convergence, required to achieve the desired results the Nari Gaurav Niti has detailed action plans in the cross-cutting areas. These detailed action plans with responsible department, nodal agency and time frame help translate the policy commitments into concrete actions. The policy also highlights the progress of women beneficiaries in the respective fields and also the areas which still demand attention. This provides a comprehensive picture of the efforts of the State Government, its result and the way ahead.
Achievements under the Niti:
- Gujarat has approximately 2.01 lakh Sakhi Mandals (2011-12) leading to saving worth Rs. 301.02 crores and linkages built with Mission Mangalam for sustained economic development of members of the Mandals.
- A total of 10.38 lakh women beneficiaries were given financial assistance under multiple schemes in Garib Kalyan Melas (March 2011)
- Property registration fees worth Rs. 363.46 crores were exempted by Government for registration of property in the name of 10.84 lakh women.
- 1.21 lakh widows given monthly pension of Rs. 500 each. 56357 widows given vocational training.
- 1.40 lakh houses built in the ownership of wife and 30850 houses built in the joint ownership of husband and wife under Indira Awas Yojana (2010-11)
- 141822 plots were allotted to BPL Families and 68654 SANAD were given to BPL Families (2009-11). The SANAD has been issued jointly in the name of wife and husband.
Governance & Decision Making
- 30% reservation for women in Government jobs with an increase in age limit by 5 years for women
- 72582 women are members on 17790 Pani Samitis across Gujarat (33.9% Women) (2012)
- 2119 Women Milk Cooperatives are run with a membership of 642208 women (2011)
- 493149 women are members of 3205 Participatory Forest Management Committees (2011)
- 17675 village Health and Sanitation Committees operational which have 70% women membership(2011)
- 25 Mahila Police Stations and 8 Mahila Police Cells have been established for women in need
- The Chiranjeevi Scheme provides private doctor-services benefitting 1.51 lakh pregnant women.
- 506 ambulances operational for emergency response service (108). 24240 deliveries have been conducted in 108.
- 50226 Anganwadi centres have provided supplementary nutrition to 7.52 lakh pregnant and lactating women, 12.05 lakh adolescent girls, 30.17 lakh children (6 to 72 months). 475000 adolescent girls provided supplementary nutrition under Kishori Shakti Yojana.
- 100% enrolment of girls in school enrolment drive and Kanya Kelvani Rath Yatra. Female literacy rate has increased by 12.93% (Female literacy rate in 2001 - 57.80%, 2011 - 70.73%).
- To increase enrolment of girls in primary and secondary schools bonds were given to 11.70 lakh girls in primary school and 63850 girls in Secondary schools (2011).
- 18 Women ITIs and 44 Women wing in general ITI have been established.
- 90197 women are received Vocational training in 300 Skill up gradation Training Center