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23rd September 2023 (9 Topics)

Not just for, but by women

Context:

With the recently passed Nari Shakti Vandan Adhiniyam, which promises for between a futures for women legislators, aims to increase female representation in legislative bodies and also enriches the diversity of perspectives, enhancing decision-making on a wide array of issues.

Historic Milestone in Gender Equality

  • Women and Equality: Passage of Nari Shakti Vandan Adhiniyam in Lok Sabha is a historic moment for gender equality and women's empowerment.
  • Increasing societal acceptance: The bill received overwhelming support in Parliament, indicating a societal shift towards gender equality.
  • Helps to break patriarchy: It allows women to occupy roles traditionally held by men, make crucial decisions, and break patriarchy's chains.

Striving for Increased Women's Representation

  • Lesser representation in States: Despite progress, women's representation in state legislatures in India remains low, hindering their influence.
  • India’s position globally: India lags behind both developed and developing countries in terms of female representation.
  • Reservation and Benefits: Central government is taking steps to ensure 33% reservation for women, aiming to empower women at the grassroots level.

Importance of Women in Legislative Bodies

  • Better and Inclusive policy making: Research shows that states with more female legislators are better at enacting family-focused, equitable policies.
  • More perspectives to closer outlook: Increased female representation enriches diversity of perspectives, enhancing decision-making.
  • Larger women MPs or MLAs must be a new normal: Passage of the bill sends a message that greater female representation will be the new normal in politics.
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