The Committee of Governors (CoG) established to study and recommend strategies for the speedy socio-economic empowerment of women recommended the “Establishment of National Mission for socio-economic empowerment of Women”. National Mission for Empowerment of Women came into working during the financial year 2011-12 as a Centrally Sponsored Scheme in April 2011. The main objective was to bring convergence of efforts through inter-sectoral coordination amongst different ministries and programmes with the Ministry of Women and Child Development (MWCD) as the nodal for achieving holistic empowerment of women.
Following the revamping of Centrally Sponsored Schemes (CSS) during the 12th Plan period, NMEW was approved for continuation as a sub-scheme of the Umbrella Scheme for Protection and Development of Women.
The revamped NMEW Scheme focused to achieve holistic empowerment of women through the convergence of schemes/programmes of different Ministries/Department of Government of India as well as State Governments. Under the revamped Scheme, technical support to Ministry of Women and Child Development is being provided by domain experts who are involved in the implementation and monitoring of new initiatives of the Ministry like Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP Scheme), One Stop Centres, Women Helpline etc. and also facilitates joining of schemes/programmes of different Ministries/Departments with focus on women. At the national level experts engaged in the area of:
- Poverty alleviation economic empowerment,
- Health and nutrition,
- Gender budgeting & Gender mainstreaming,
- Gender rights gender-based violence & law enforcement,
- Empowerment of vulnerable & marginalized groups,
- Social empowerment & education,
- Media and advocacy and
- Information technology
The scheme focused on strengthens the conceptual and programmatic basis of women-centric schemes/programmes implemented by the MWCD, other Ministries and State Government with the mechanism for convergence. Educating & Capacity Building to enhance and strengthen understanding of gender issues, build a Resource Pool (trainers) at the National and State level to bridge gaps between knowledge and practice will be the other focus area of NMEW.