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Minister for Women and Child Development Varsha Gaikwad
Transgender, sex workers to help draft women policy

in INDIA, 07/12/2012

For the first time, members from the marginalized sections of transgenders and commercial sex workers will help draft the state's women policy. State minister for women and child Varsha Gaikwad told TOI, "The state women's policy aims to recognize the concerns of communities like the transgenders and sex workers. Hence, the expert committee reviewing the policy will have a representation from these communities."

At a consultation organized by the state women and child development department on Thursday, Gaikwad asked NGOs working with transgenders and commercial sex workers to forward the names of three members who could be included in the expert committee.

"This is the third review of the policy after 1994 and 2001. We want it to be ready to be presented to the state cabinet by January 3, which is the birth anniversary of Savitabhai Phule," the minister said.

A committee comprising members of Parliament, legislative assembly and non-governmental sector has already been formed for the review exercise. "Now, we will expand the committee to include three representatives from the transgenders and the sex workers in order to ensure that their concerns get reflected in the policy document," she added.

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