The National Commission for Women was constituted in 1992 as a statutory body in pursuance of the National Commission for Women's Act 1990 to safeguard the interests of women.
It has a wide mandate covering almost all aspects of women's development from investigating and examining the legal safeguards provided for women under the Constitution and other laws affecting women and recommend amendments to meet any lacunae, inadequacies or shortcomings in such laws.
It also looks into the complaints and takes suo-moto notice of matters relating to deprivation of women's rights etc. and take up such issues with appropriate authorities. NCW also take up studies and research on issues of relevance to women, participate and advise in the planning process for socio-economic development of women, evaluate the progress made thereof. It also inspect jails, remand homes etc where women are kept under custody and seek remedial action wherever necessary.
In keeping with the mandate the Commission has initiated various steps to improve the status of women and works for their economic empowerment.