The MP State Women’s Commission has suggested setting up of an independent state-level gender analysis and research council with objective of identifying factors leading to gender discrimination and to come up with policy and guidelines to do away with the discrimination.
The suggestion for constitution of such a council is part of the framework for prevention and reduction of violence against women prepared by the commission.
As part of the recommendation to promote gender equality, the commission has asked the state government to come up with infrastructure for gender impact assessment.
In this context, apart from constituting gender impact assessment cells in various state government departments, the commission has suggested the independent gender analysis and research council too.
“We want the government to look at the issue of violence against women from holistic perspective and understanding and preventing gender discrimination is one of the most important aspects in this regard,” chairperson of the commission Upma Rai told HT.
The commission has said the council could be a multi-disciplinary body with involvement of various departments like women and child development, state women’s commission, SC/ ST welfare commission, civil society organisations and so on.
The major functions of the council would be to identify socio- economic and cultural factors responsible for gender discrimination, coming up with detailed policy and guidelines to remove gender discrimination and advise state government in this regard.
Also, providing guidelines to the gender impact cells for their functioning, recognising independent experts for gender impact assessment and promoting educational and training programmes for gender impact assessment would be the focus of the council.
The commission has also said postgraduate-level courses on gender analysis and gender impact assessment should be launched in different universities.
This, the commission chairperson said, would help in generating human resources with expertise in the mentioned subjects.