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Post at: Jul 12 2021

‘One Stop Centre’ in 9 countries

WHY IN NEWS

  • The Ministry of Women and Child Development announced on 25 May 2021 to set up 10 ‘One Stop Center’s across nine countries to support Indian women affected by violence.

ISSUE – To protect Indian diaspora.
Introduction

  • One Stop Centre (OSC) will tackle cases of violence against women.
  • One OSC will be established in Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, the UAE, Australia, Canada, Singapore.
  • Two OSCs will be established in Saudi Arabia.
  • These centres will be supported by Ministry of Women and Child Development and operated by Ministry of External Affairs.
  • One Stop Centre Scheme addresses Gender-Based Violence.
  • One Stop Centre was implemented since 1st April, 2015.
  • OSC is a sub scheme of Umbrella scheme for National Mission for Empowerment of Women.

REASON BEHIND ESTABLISHING ONE STOP CENTRE IN OVERSEAS :

  • To provide assistance to Indian diaspora (women) who are survivors of gender-based violence.
  • To provide immediate aid/support to overseas such as :

  • Article 1 of UN declaration on the Elimination of violence 1993 provides a definition of gender-based violence that converted into mental social, suffering.
  • The Usha Mehra Commission had recommended ‘One Stop Centre’ in February 2013 following the Nirbhaya gangrape in December 2012.

HOW IT WILL WORK?

  • There centres (OSCs) will be integrated with a women helpline to facilitate access to assist in emergency response.
  • This scheme will be funded funded through Nirbhaya fund.

CONCLUSION

  • The intention of ‘One-Stop Centers’ in nine countries is to empower the Indian women diaspora working in different countries for livelihood or other means.
  • They can now approach these centers for immediate as well as non immediate support.

Amit Gupta
 

 


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