Department of Women Empowerment & Child Development
Uttarakhand was carved out of the northern part of Uttar Pradesh on 9th Nov; 2000. It is bounded by U.P. on the South, Nepal on the East, Himachal Pradesh on the west and China on the north-east. According to the 2011 census of India, Uttarakhand has a population of 10,116,752 comprising 5,154,178 males and 4,962,574 females, with 69.45% of the population living in rural areas. The state is the 20th most populous state of the country having 0.84% of the population on 1.69% of the land. The population density of the state is 189 people per square kilometer having a 2001–2011 decadal growth rate of 19.17%. The gender ratio is 963 females per 1000 males. The crude birth rate in the state is 18.6 with the total fertility rate being 2.3. The state has an infant mortality rate of 43, a maternal mortality rate of 188 and a crude death rate of 6.6.
For planning and development purpose, this Himalayan State is administratively divided into 13 districts, 78 tehsils, 95 blocks and 16,793 villages with a unicameral legislature at the capital of Dehradun. There is a three-tier Panchayati Raj Institution, the smallest unit of local self-governance at the village and district levels. The major part of the state of Uttarakhand is hilly . Geographically, it is situated in the central Himalayan zone. It extends between 77o 34' and 81o 02' E longitude and 28o 43' to 31o 27' N latitude. The topography of Uttarakhand is characterized by hilly terrain, rugged and rocky mountains, deep valleys, high peaks, sharp streams and rivulets, rapid soil erosion, frequent landslides and widely scattered habitations.
Owing to the mountainous topography of the state the women residing in hilly and rural areas have to put in more number of hours to finish their household and other works. Thus Department of Women Empowerment & Child Development was established soon after the creation of Uttarakhand, with the aim of ensuring all round development of women & children as well as providing essential momentum in an integrated manner to all the Women & Child Development/Empowerment related schemes. Thus to give the requisite impetus to the holistic empowerment of women and child development , the department is working in the said direction to improve the status of women in the region and uplift them economically & socially.
26-07-2016 - Request for Proposal- Sustainable Livelihood Approach for Women and Adolescent Girls in Natural Disaster Affected Area of Rudraprayag, Chamoli, Pithoragarh, Bageshwar and Uttarkashi district