Union Cabinet chaired
by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the signing of
Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and the United Nations
Entity of Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN-Women).
The proposal seeks to provide technical support to the Ministry of
Panchayati Raj in strengthening capacities of governance institutions
including Panchayati Raj Institutions(PRIs) to better leverage
opportunities created for gender equality through legislation, policies
Ministry of Panchayati Raj (MoPR) and UN-Women have worked in
collaboration with each other to promote participation of women in
Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs), to focus on building capacities of
Elected Women Representatives to empower them and enhance their
effectiveness. Given the past gains, the two parties will now work
together towards participatory design of governance processes and
effective implementation of laws, policies and programmes to promote
gender responsive governance. The parties agree that engendering the
initiatives of MoPR, including capacity development efforts, will be of
mutual benefit, and will further their shared mission of good
governance, gender equality and women’s empowerment. In the long run, it
will enable an improvement in the status of rural women in India, as
well as contribute to meeting India’s commitment to the Convention to
Eliminate All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), the Beijing
Platform for Action and the Sustainable Development Goals.
The proposed MoU will facilitate the achievement of time-bound results
in the implementation of specific activities identified jointly by MoPR
and UN Women within the broader framework for cooperation under the
United Nations Development Assistance Framework ((UNDAF). This MoU would
thus facilitate operationalizing this important partnership.
Activities under this MoU will be implemented at the district and
sub-district level in six States i.e. Andhra Pradesh, Telengana, Odisha,
Karnataka, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.