Posted on: June 6, 2024 Posted by: admin Comments: 0

Author: Mansi Malhotra, Ph.D. Researcher,  Department of Political Science and Public Administration, Guru Ghasidas Vishwavidhyala, A Central University, Chhattisgarh, India.

Co-Author: Anupama Saxena, Head Professor, Department of Political Science and Public Administration, Guru Ghasidas Vishwavidhyala, A Central University, Chhattisgarh, India.


This study presents a meticulous examination of the integration of gender-based violence (GBV) response mechanisms within India’s Mission Shakti program, with a focus on assessing its implications for the adoption of a feminist foreign policy. Employing a mixed-methods approach, blending qualitative and quantitative methodologies, the research meticulously investigates the technical intricacies of GBV response initiatives, particularly One Stop Centres (OSCs) and Women Helplines (WHL), under Mission Shakti. Through an evaluation of their effectiveness and scalability in addressing GBV incidents, the study aims to elucidate how their successful integration could influence India’s stance on feminist foreign policy. Drawing upon data collected from primary and secondary sources, including government documents, stakeholder interviews, and scholarly literature, the research endeavours to offer actionable insights and recommendations for leveraging domestic strategies to positively impact global gender policies. Beyond examining the operational aspects of OSCs and WHL, the analysis delves into their broader implications for gender equality and women’s empowerment, both domestically and internationally. By situating the findings within the broader context of feminist foreign policy frameworks and international relations, the study seeks to contribute to the advancement of knowledge in gender studies, public policy, and international diplomacy. It aims to shed light on effective strategies for combating GBV, promoting women’s safety and empowerment, and fostering gender-sensitive approaches to foreign policy formulation and implementation. This nuanced understanding of the intersection between domestic GBV response mechanisms and feminist foreign policy aspirations holds significant implications for shaping India’s role as a global advocate for gender equality and women’s rights. It underscores the potential reverberations across diverse socio-cultural contexts worldwide, emphasizing the importance of India’s leadership in championing progressive gender policies on the global stage. Overall, this study serves as a critical contribution to the discourse on gender-sensitive policymaking and its role in advancing women’s rights and equality on both domestic and international fronts.

Keywords: Gender-Based Violence, Mission Shakti, Feminist Foreign Policy, One Stop Centres, Women Helplines, India, International Relations, Women’s Safety.

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