In April 2021, Rajasthan State Cabinet approved Rajasthan Women Policy 2021 to include the substantial change in situation, since the first state women policy was published in the year 2000. Additionally, the new policy also takes into account the UN sustainable development goals 2030.
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot had announced a new policy for women in the State Budget 2020-21. The new policy also amalgamates the girls policy of 2013. The policy noted that the Rajasthan initiative of ‘one stop centre’, Aprajita, set up in Jaipur in 2013 to attend to the grievances of women was adopted nationally as Sakhi, one stop centre, under the Nirbhaya fund. Now, such centres are functioning in all the districts. In such centres services of consultation, legal aid, police help, and protection to victims of violence and abuse.
- The policy aims at creating gender equality, create congenial and violence free environment for women.
- Aims to ensure health, education & security for women.
- Policy aims to create gender sensitisation in institutions and government.
- The policy promotes participation of women in all sectors with opportunities for employment & self-employment.
- Promote gender responsive budget.
- In the new policy, women have been not only broadly categorised in various groups on the basis of their caste and social status like SC, ST, primitive tribe, nomadic, minority, and economically weaker sections but also of their occupation pattern. Women working in the unorganised sector, migrant workers, silicosis victims, single, destitutes etc.