Aug 24, 2012
According to Indu Capoor, Founder and Director of CHETNA, Ahmedabad, the cause of poor health of women is the result of social and legal inequalities.
Nutrition and health rights of women, young people and children was the focus of a recent consultation organised by CHETNA, in New Delhi.
A report on India’s progress on human rights was discussed at the consultation, which was attended by stakeholders and MP’s. This report was submitted at the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) by the United Nations.
Capoor said several initiatives were taken up by the organisation towards formulating policies and plans aiming at improving health status of women in India. She emphasised on the need to make investments to actualise rights.
Some of the key recommendations that emerged through the consultative process highlighted the need for convergence between the different ministries and departments, announcement of National Policy for Children, National Policy for Early Childhood Care and Education, Youth Policy 2012.
The consultation also focused on the urgent need to pass the Food Security Bill. Quality health and nutrition services was the need of the hour and must be guaranteed to all citizens, as per the discussion at the consultation. There is a need for regular and continuous dialogue with elected members from panchayat to parliament.
The consultation was a platform for dialogue among parliamentarians and civil society.