Working women
National Womens policy to address issues of working mothers, single women: NCW Pictured: Woman working on the sewing machine by candlelight in Varanasi, India [Representational Image]Wikimedia Commons

Working mothers and single women can heave a sigh of relief as the National Commission for Women (NCW) is designing a National Women's Policy that would address issues that affect them, Chairperson Lalitha Kumaramangalam was quoted as saying by the Press Trust of India on Tuesday. 

The policy is expected to address issues concerning single women who are the head of the family without a male members' support. Widowed and divorced women were considered single women till now, but the new policy will desginate women whose husbands have deserted them or are missing also as single women. 

Kumaramangalam made the remarks at an event in Coimbatore on Tuesday. 

She said women and children in families led by women were often subject to poverty, crime and violence.

The NCW is also creating a framework to aid working mothers by providing creches for children. The proposal is important as attrition rates among working women was high, and companies do not want to lose good employees, the PTI reported. 

The creches will be set up in public-private partnership mode, Kumaramangalam said. 

She also said the bill regarding 33 percent reservation for women in Parliament would be passed if the Bharatiya Janata Party won majority in the Rajya Sabha. 

The policy is expected to be in place by the end of July. 

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