Why in the News?

  • Recently, Indian ASHA workers won the Global Health Leader Award for their frontline involvement in the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • This event triggers pride in Women's empowerment across the country and sets an image for other countries as well.
  • The Indian Express hosted the third edition of the IE Thinc Gender series.

Who are ASHA workers?

  • ASHA (Accredited Social Health Activists) are workers and volunteers from a recognized community providing information and aiding people in accessing the benefits of various Government healthcare schemes and awareness among rural areas.
  • They are health workers employed by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare as a part of India’s National Rural Health Mission which was initiated in 2005.

Role of ASHA workers:

  • ASHA social workers rally the community and facilitate them in accessing health and health-related services.
  • Health-related services are available at the Anganwadi/sub-centre/primary health centres, such as immunisation, AnteNatal Check-up (ANC), Post Natal Check-up supplementary nutrition, sanitation and other services being provided by the government.
  • ASHAs are incapable of the holistic process of reproductive, maternal and newborn care.
  • They provide support within their communities including Identifying and registering new pregnancies, births and deaths.
  • There are several instances of ASHAs going door to door and relaying the Healthcare guidelines and measures of prevention.

India: Women Empowerment

  • The event of ASHA workers winning the WHOs award of Global Health Leader Award signifies Women's Empowerment within India at the global level.
  • India has proven that the collective contribution of women can lead to economic, social and cultural development and growth of certain plots in the Nation.
  • Self-help groups and Women cooperative movements have made financial development in women's employment, economic stakeholdership and restoration of land rights
  • Attributes of Women Empowerment: SHGs (Self-help groups, Mothers and adolescent girls groups and cooperatives.
  • One of the major aims of SHGs is to promote women's empowerment by providing financial aid to women making independent decisions.

Objectives of 3rd edition IE Thinc Gender series:

  • To reach many women by providing resources, information, required aid, training etc.
  • To make an approach of a collective group towards acquiring the target.
  • To focus on self-independent, self-reliant, redrawing policies, entrepreneurship quality, micro-financing activities etc.
  • This edition features the mission of DAY-NRLM addressed by Giriraj Singh, Minister of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj.
  • DAY-NRLM's mission is the largest government programme working exclusively with rural women to make them identify the significance of gender equality in the systemic process of local governance.


  • The third edition of Indian Express is going to stir the fact that women's empowerment is not just a need but a necessity of the country.
  • There are a series of scheduled webinars of officials which aim to have solution-based discussions promoting women's empowerment and generating resolutions to work on the cracks in the process.
  •  There are some lines of events where suggestions are to be given to the policymakers available in society, industry, and government.