Deeply concerned about the rights of the vulnerable and marginalised sections of the society affected by the pandemic, a Committee of Experts constituted by the National Human Rights Commission has issued the 'Advisory on Rights of Women in the context of COVID-19'.
The Commission has requested all the concerned Union Ministries and all States/UTs to implement its recommendations contained in the advisory and file a compliance action taken report before it.
The Committee of Experts on Impact of Covid-19 Pandemic on Human Rights and Future Response concluded that the pandemic has had a "gendered impact" on th society, in terms of workload and reduced economic opportunities, increase in incidences of gender-based. violence, communalisation and racialisation, lack of access to health facilities, food and nutrition, and financial and productive resources.
It has therefore made the following recommendations to the Central and the State Governments, under three different themes:
Gender-Based Violence (GBV)
Sexual & Reproductive Health Rights of Women
This theme is further sub-categorized in the following categories:
1. Maternal Health of women
2. Provisions for safe Abortions and accessibility to Contraception
Inter alia, the Committee has made recommendations for protection of women belonging to the following classes:
1. Migrant & Unorganized Workers
2. Sex Workers
3. Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHA), Anganwadi & Sanitation Workers
4. Women Belonging to Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST) & Minority Communities
5. Adolescent Girls
6. Women in Prisons
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