Women Empowerment Programmes

Women Empowerment refers to the creation of an environment for women where they can make decisions of their own for their personal benefits as well as for the society. Here, we are giving the list of Women Empowerment Programmes/Schemes for general awareness.
Sep 18, 2017 15:10 IST

India is a land of customs, tradition and practices which have developed through centuries to centuries. These customs, tradition and practices become the consciousness of our society. We are worshipped of female goddesses and also give great importance to our mothers, daughters, sisters, wives and other female relatives or friends. But with the same time, we never forget the male superiority complex and patriarchal system of society. Hence, to eliminate ill practices and discrimination against women we need to empower women.

Women Empowerment Schemes in India

Women Empowerment refers to the creation of an environment for women where they can make decisions of their own for their personal benefits as well as for the society. Here, we are giving the list of Women Empowerment Programmes/Schemes for general awareness.

List of Women Empowerment Programmes/Schemes in India

Women Empowerment Programmes

Year of Commencement


Beti Bachao Beti Padhao Scheme

22 January 2015

1. Prevention of gender biased sex selective elimination

2. Ensuring survival & protection of the girl child

3. Ensuring education and participation of the girl child

One Stop Centre Scheme

1st April 2015

1. It has formulated a Centrally Sponsored Scheme for setting up One Stop Centres (OSC), to be funded from the Nirbhaya Fund.

2. To provide support and assistance to women affected by violence at private or at any public place, irrespective of caste, class, religion, region, sexual orientation or marital status.

Women Helpline Scheme

1st April, 2015

To provide 24 hour emergency and non-emergency response to women affected by violence including sexual offences and harassment both in public and private sphere, including in the family, community, workplace, etc.

UJJAWALA : A Comprehensive Scheme for Prevention of trafficking and Rescue, Rehabilitation and Re-integration of Victims of Trafficking and Commercial Sexual Exploitation

December 2007

For the prevention of trafficking and at providing support for rescue, rehabilitation, reintegration and repatriation of victims of trafficking for commercial sexual exploitation. The Scheme is being implemented mainly through NGOs.

Working Women Hostel

Introduced in 1972-73 and after amendment re-launched on 6th April, 2017

To promote availability of safe and conveniently located accommodation for working women, with day care facility for their children, wherever possible, in urban, semi urban, or even rural areas where employment opportunities for women exist.

Rajiv Gandhi National Crèche Scheme For the Children of Working Mothers


1. To provide day-care facilities for children (6 months to 6 years) of working mothers in the community.

2. To improve nutrition and health status of children.

3. To promote physical, cognitive, social and emotional development

(Holistic Development) of children.

4. To educate and empower parents /caregivers for better childcare.


SWADHAR Scheme (A Scheme for Women in Difficult Circumstances)


For providing holistic and integrated services to women in difficult circumstances and without any family, social and economic support, such as  destitute widows deserted by their family in religious places like Vrindhaban and Kashi, women prisoners releases=d from jails; women survivors of natural disasters who have been rendered homeless, trafficked women/girls rescued or runaway from brothels, women victims of terrorist violence without any means for survival, mentally challenged women and women with HIV/AIDS deserted by their family, etc.

Support to Training and Employment Programme for Women (STEP)

Launched in 2003-04 and revised in December, 2014

To provide skills that give employability to women and to provide competencies and skill that enable women to become self-employed/ entrepreneurs. 



To recognize women who have exceeded expectations to challenge the status quo and make a lasting contribution to women’s empowerment.

Women Empowerment and Livelihood Programme in Mid-Gangatic Plains- Priyadarshini

Pilot Project


Mahila E-Haat

7th March, 2016

It will help women to make financial and economic choices which will enable them to be a part of ‘Make in India’ and ‘Stand Up India’ initiatives.

 Rashtriya Mahila Kosh (RMK)


To promote or undertake activities for the promotion of or to provide credit as an instrument of socio- economic change and development through the provision of a package of financial and social development services for the development of women.

Central Social Welfare Board (CSWB)


To promote social welfare activities and implementing welfare programmes for women and children through voluntary organizations.

Development of Women and Children in Rural Areas (DWCRA)


To improve the socio-economic status of the poor women in
the rural areas through creation of groups of women for income-generating activities on a self-sustaining
basis. The

In the above GK list of Women Empowerment Programmes/Schemes gives a brief outline that will be easily memorize by the aspirants of different competitive examinations.

Rural Development Programmes