In a major victory for women’s rights in India amid the COVID-19 pandemic, campaigns led by several advocacy groups have resulted in the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) issuing fresh advisories to states.

The NHRC advisory on the rights of women, in the context of COVID-19, was issued on October 8. It was based on impact assessment done by experts. The NHRC had constituted a “Committee of Experts on Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Human Rights and Future Response” in order to assess the impact of the pandemic on the realisation of the rights of the people, especially the marginalised sections of society. The advisory addresses important issues for women workers like Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHA), Anganwadi workers, migrant and unorganised workers, adolescent girls and women in prisons.

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October 10th, 2020