On feb 2,2022, Ministry of Women and Child Development (MWCD) has launched Stree Manoraksha Project, as a part of the week-long International Women’s Day.
Rationale behind the project
According to the National Family Health Survey (NFHS-5) 2019-2021, one in three married women has experienced Intimate Partner Violence (IPV).However, around 9 in 10 women have never sought help when they faced violence.
This has made women vulnerable to experiencing debilitating consequences on their mental and physical health.
Moreover, the Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated the rate of gender-based violence manifold.
Therefore, mental health support is highly imperative and needs to be tailored to the individual woman and her unique needs.
With providing training and supervision in psychosocial and mental health care for staff and counsellors of all One Stop Centres (OSCs) across the country to support women facing various forms of gender-based violence.
The project would focus on building on capacity building of OSC (One Stop Centres) functionaries on the tools and techniques as to how to handle the cases of women approaching OSC, particularly the women who have suffered violence and distress with due sensitivity and care.
The project also focusses on self-care techniques for OSC staff and counselors.
In this regard, MWCD has launched the advance certificate course for OSC Councilors and also released the resource material for capacity building of OSC Staff.