Demand for passage of women’s reservation bill

It is the responsibility of the government to pass this bill during next session of parliament, said an activist

GN Bureau | October 27, 2017


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Women’s groups have sought the passage of the women’s reservation bill in the winter session of parliament.

According to The National Alliance for Women’s Reservation Bill, a network of more than 1,600 women’s organisations, the government has the majority in the lower house of parliament, which is enough to fulfill BJP’s political manifesto promise and pass the long-pending Women’s Reservation Bill. 
 
Meetings have been held with, among others, president Ram Nath Kovind and union ministers Sushma Swaraj, Suresh Prabhu, Prakash Javadekar, Nitin Gadkari and Rajen Gohain.
 
Several state-level programmes were also being organized in Haryana, Bihar, UP, and Jharkhand with elected women representatives and state authorities to ensure support for the speedy passage of Women Reservation Bill. Programmes like national-level letter campaign to galvanise 3,000 panchayat heads across India have been held to seek appointment from PMO.
 
“We demand the passage of the Women’s Reservation Bill in the winter session of parliament. It is the responsibility of government to pass this bill during next session of parliament and to fulfill the promise madein their election manifesto,” says Ranjana Kumari, director, Centre for Social Research. 
 
Studies show that India stands at a pitiable 103rd place out of 140 countries in terms of women in parliament and state assemblies. Although several countries of the world are witnessing an increase in the number of women in politics, India continues to lag behind with a dismal representation of women in Parliament and State assemblies.
 
According to the alliance, women’s participation in politics is a human right and the cornerstone of women’s equal citizenship. It is also essential for achieving genuine and effective democratic governance. 
 

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