The present government has committed to ensuring women’s empowerment, gender equality, and child welfare. In line with this pledge, the government has undertaken various new initiatives in addition to continuing ongoing activities for the well-being of women and children. A medium-term action plan has been developed for the period of FY 2023-24 to FY 2025-26 in order to ensure the welfare of women and children.
Under this plan, daycare centres will be established in 64 districts to support working mothers in caring for their children. Efforts will be made in a number of areas including providing sanitary towels to protect adolescent health, distributing bicycles to school-going girls for their empowerment, and taking measures to prevent violence against women and child marriage. Additionally, working women’s hostels will be constructed, child development centres will be established and operated, vocational training will be provided for Qawmi Madrasa children, and programmes such as ‘Safe Internet and Safe Children’ will be implemented.
The budget for FY 2023-24 was approved by the national parliament on 26 June 2023.The FY 2023-24 budget prioritises women’s political, economic, and social empowerment, gender discrimination, children’s rights, decent work for women, and safety and development of women and children. The government aims to achieve these goals by implementing various activities following the National Women Development Policy-2011. Strengthening women’s empowerment in the face of smart work environments and climate change is also emphasised.