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Policy on girl child, women on anvil

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Photo - Consultation on Women in Urban Slum

OST Bureau

Bhubaneswar, Nov 4:

The State Government, in partnership with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), is formulating a policy for girl child and women in the state to address gender based discrimination at different levels across sectors.

The main features of the policy will be addressing issues of women through the life cycle approach that is rights based, attention to the needs of vulnerable women and emphasis on sectoral convergence and coordination.

The policy will draw upon inputs and recommendations through a wide range of stakeholder consultations, particularly with women from across the state to understand their needs and concerns.

Within this framework, the first state level consultation on the theme ‘Women in urban slum’ was organized by the Odisha Voluntary Health Association (OVHA) on behalf of Department of Women and Child Development, Government of Odisha with support from UNPFA on Monday here.

BMC Mayor Anant Narayan Jena, UNFPA State programme officer Dr Deepa Prasad, Anuradha Mohanty of PECUC, Biraja Kabi Satpathy, Population Foundation of India, Ward No 7 corporator Madan Majhi and Dr. Dilip Kumar Samal of OVHA participated in the event.

Sharing the action plan, Prasad mentioned that at least 42 State and district level consultations have been planned to get inputs from women across the state in the policy formulation process.

More than 60 members with representatives from organizations working on urban slums, women and child issues, women SHG groups, government representatives, thematic experts and media persons participated.

The key recommendations that emerged from the consultation covered major areas like health, water, sanitation and housing, education, safety and security, besides work, employment and financial inclusion.