National Workshop on role of Sakhi Centres in strengthening response to violence inaugurated in Delhi

Dec 15, 2017 13:00 IST
Two-day National Workshop on role of Sakhi Centres in strengthening response to violence inaugurate

The Minister of Women and Child Development, Maneka Gandhi inaugurated a 2-day National Workshop on Role of Sakhi One Stop Centres in strengthening the multi-sectoral response to violence, in New Delhi on 15 December 2017.

The workshop has been organised by the Ministry of Women and Child Development. It would witness participation from around 400 Sakhi- One Stop Centre Functionaries and nodal officials from state departments of WCD Ministry from 33 States/UTs across the country.

Speaking on the occasion, Maneka Gandhi said that the One Stop Centre Scheme is a highly critical intervention to protect and help women affected by violence. Keeping in view the importance of the scheme, it has to be ensured that the OSCs are run in a professional and efficient manner and complete empathy is shown to the distressed women who are visiting the centres.

Objective

• The initiative is aimed at bringing together officials to understand, discuss and deliberate on strengthening the multi-sector response to address violence against women through the Sakhi One Stop Centres across the country.

• It also aims to bring together cross-learning from the states/UTs regarding the best practices, first-hand experiences of the OSC functionaries and understand the issues and challenges being faced by them.

• It also aims to develop a service delivery model from Group Work Session to provide quality services to the victims/survivors of violence.

• Finally, it aims to Introduce Nirbhaya Dashboard – a real time OSC and Women Helpline data maintaining mechanism.

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Background

• The Ministry had approved the scheme for setting up the One Stop Centre (OSC) to support women affected by violence on 4 March 2015.

• Popularly known as Sakhi, the scheme was implemented from 1 April 2015 onwards.

• The OSCs aim to facilitate access to an integrated range of services including medical aid, police assistance, legal aid/case management, psychosocial counselling, and temporary support services to women affected by violence.

• It also aims to provide them with a safe and pleasant environment.

• The first One Stop Centre was setup in Raipur, Chattisgarh. Since then, large number of OSCs have been set in several states across the country.

Plan of Action

• Under the scheme, the Ministry has planned to set up the OSCs across the country in a phased manner.

• In the first phase, one Centre was sanctioned per State/UT.

• Around 150 additional Centres were taken up in the second phase.

• 50 additional OSCs were recently approved by the Ministry.

Currently, around 168 OSCs are operational in 32 States/UTs across the nation and so far, about 70,000 cases have been reported at the Centres.

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