The National Commission for Women was set up as statutory
body in January 1992 under the National Commission for Women Act, 1990 ( Act No.
20 of 1990 of Govt.of India ) to :
In keeping with its mandate, the Commission
initiated various steps to improve the status of women and worked for their
economic empowerment during the year under report. The Commission
completed its visits to all the States/UTs except Lakshdweep and prepared
Gender Profiles to assess the status of women and their empowerment. It
received a large number of complaints and acted suo-moto in several cases
to provide speedy justice. It took up the issue of child marriage,
sponsored legal awareness programmes, Parivarik Mahila Lok Adalats and
reviewed laws such as Dowry Prohibition Act, 1961, PNDT Act 1994, Indian Penal
Code 1860 and the National Commission for Women Act, 1990 to make them more
stringent and effective. It organized workshops/consultations,
constituted expert committees on economic empowerment of women, conducted
workshops/seminars for gender awareness and took up publicity campaign against
female foeticide, violence against women, etc. in order to generate awareness
in the society against these social evils.
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