Consultant – Women’s Bureau Policy Issues & Legislations - MWCD
UN Women – United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
Location: New Delhi, India
Last Date: September 7, 2011
Date of Issue: 01 September 2011
Closing Date: 07 September 2011
SSA Announcement No. UNWOMEN/SRO/2011/014
Job Code Title : Consultant – Women’s Bureau
Policy Issues & Legislations - MWCD
Organization : UN Women – United Nations
Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
Direct supervisor : Director, Ministry of Women and
India/ National Programme Officer,
UNWOMEN South Asia
Duty Station : New Delhi, India
Type of Contract : SSA
No. of positions : One
Duration : Six Months Initially
The principle of gender equality is enshrined in the Indian Constitution
in its Preamble, Fundamental Rights, Fundamental Duties and Directive
Principles. The Constitution not only grants equality to women,
but also empowers the State to adopt measures of positive discrimination
in favour of women.
The goal of the National Policy for the Empowerment of Women (2001)
was to bring about the advancement, development and empowerment of women.
Specifically, the objectives of this Policy include the following:
Creating an environment through positive economic and social policies for
full development of women to enable them to realize their full potential
The de-jure and de-facto enjoyment of all human rights and
fundamental freedom by women on equal basis with men in all spheres –
political, economic, social, cultural and civil
Equal access to participation and decision making of women in social,
political and economic life of the nation
Equal access to women to health care, quality education at
all levels, career and vocational guidance, employment, equal
remuneration, occupational health and safety, social security and public
Strengthening legal systems aimed at elimination of all forms of
discrimination against women
Changing societal attitudes and community practices by active
participation and involvement of both men and women.
Mainstreaming a gender perspective in the development process.
Elimination of discrimination and all forms of violence against women and
the girl child; and
Building and strengthening partnerships with civil society, particularly
India has ratified various international conventions and human rights
instruments committing to secure equal rights of women. Key among them is
the ratification of the Convention on Elimination of All Forms of
Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) in 1993.
CEDAW Committee, in its Concluding Comments of 2007, called upon the
State Party to develop, in consultation with women’s groups, a
coordinated and comprehensive plan to combat all forms of violence
against women taking a life cycle approach. It urged the State party to
take steps in partnership with states and union territories to fully and
consistently implement and enforce the Domestic Violence Act and to
women victims of domestic violence, including scheduled caste scheduled
tribe, backward class and minority women, are able to benefit from the
legislative framework and support systems in place and that perpetrators
are effectively prosecuted under the Penal Code and adequately punished.
It recommended that public officials, especially law enforcement
officials, the judiciary, health-care providers and social workers, are
fully sensitized to all forms of violence against women, including
domestic violence. It requested that adequate statistics on all forms of
violence against women be collected in a consistent manner.
Eleventh Plan, for the first time, women are recognized not just as equal
citizens but as agents of economic and social growth. The approach to
gender equity is based on the recognition that interventions in favour of
women must be multi-pronged and they must: (i) provide women with basic
entitlements, (ii) address the reality of globalization and its impact on
women by prioritizing economic empowerment, (iii) ensure an environment
free from all forms of violence against women (VAW)—physical, economic,
social, psychological etc., (iv) ensure the participation and adequate
representation of women at the highest policy levels, particularly in
Parliament and State assemblies, and (v) strengthen existing
institutional mechanisms and create new ones for gender main-streaming
and effective policy implementation.
of Women and Child Development (MWCD) vision statement for 2011-12
focuses on “Women living with dignity and contributing as equal
partners towards the development of the country in an environment free
from violence. And, well nurtured children with full
opportunities for growth and development in an environment free from
exploitation.” One of the specific
priorities of the Ministry identified in the Results Framework Document
(RFD) for the year 2011-12 is the review of existing laws on
discrimination against women.
connection with the above UN Women will be placing a consultant at the
Ministry of Women and Child Development to support the Ministry in its
work on policy issues and legislations
Activities and Deliverables
under the supervision of the Director, MWCD
the consultant will undertake the following tasks:
Undertake a review of the National Policy for Empowerment of Women,
2001 and assist in developing an action plan for its implantation. With
this in view, develop preliminary concept note and provide assistance
in organizing stakeholder consultations.
in undertaking review of implementation of Violence against Women (VAW)
legislations such as the Dowry Prohibition Act and the Protection of
Women from Domestic Violence Act.
in undertaking comprehensive technical review of Violence against Women
(VAW) legislations implemented by the Ministry:
of Dowry Prohibition Act and assist in making necessary amendments
of Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act and assist in
making necessary amendments
of the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, and if necessary,
assisting in making necessary amendments.
in drafting new legislations to be implemented by the Ministry, such as
on Sexual Harassment at Workplace.
in the formation of the proposed High Level Committee to study and
report on the Status of Women in India since the last such study was
undertaken in 1974.
Provide technical gender inputs on behalf of the Ministry on references
made by other Ministries/Departments on policies, programmes and
legislations which are proposed, having a bearing on the empowerment of
Develop and restructure schemes and programmes of the MWCD that provide
institutional support to women in difficult circumstances, including
women facing gender-based violence, as well as programmes strengthening
implementation of existing laws on violence against women. This would
include the Scheme for Financial Assistance & Support Services to
victims of Rape and the proposed Scheme for strengthening
implementation of PWDVA, 2005.
the Bureau in undertaking action on women related issues as per the
Ministry’s Annual & Five Year Strategic Plan.
in smooth functioning of Division/Bureau.
other work assigned from time to time.
Consultant will be initially hired for a period of 6 months
starting 25 September 2011.
Competencies and Skills
Postgraduate in law or related field preferably having worked closely
with Government departments
years of relevant experience
knowledge of programming on gender and women’s rights
Experience of drafting legal provisions.
be prepared to travel to participate in consultations with various
be well versed with the use of computers and its programmes/applications
analytical and writing skills in English;
to work independently and with minimal supervision.
Monitoring of assignment
consultant will be supervised by the Director, MWCD and UN Women.
Interested applicants should apply for the vacancy, using
the “Personal History Form - P 11” and the latest
Application to this vacancy should be sent to
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NOTE : Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
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