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Friday, May 24, 2019
India elects a record-breaking number of women to Parliament
Women will make up about 15% of the lower house of parliament — less than the global average. A record number of women are set to enter India's parliament after a marathon election that returned Prime Minister Narendra Modi to power, initial results...
Thursday, May 23, 2019
Indian elections 2019: women candidates to watch out for
The outcome of the world’s largest election is almost upon us – the counting of votes by 900m eligible voters begins on May 23. With more than 500 directly elected seats being contested in India’s lower house of parliament, the Lok Sabha, all eyes...
Friday, May 17, 2019
In India’s elections, female candidates still need men’s blessings
Swati Yadav had lost count of the number of village campaign stops she had made since her morning began — was it 27, or 28? She was doggedly stumping for a parliamentary seat through 100-degree temperatures in the northern Indian state of Haryana...
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Political parties shy of fielding women
Women politicians have made it to the top headlines this poll season. Be it Priyanka Gandhi's formal entry into politics, Mayawati joining hands with the Yadavs, Hema Malini's luxurious campaign or Sadhvi Pragya's candidature, women politicians have...
Thursday, May 09, 2019
Why aren’t women a bigger force in Indian elections
For the first time, female voters are set to outnumber male voters in the world's largest national election. It is the largest election in the world, with 900 million registered voters. Initiated on April 11, India’s national elections will continue...
Friday, May 03, 2019
India elections: Will women voters be a game changer?
Although women have held powerful government positions in India, their political participation in the country has largely been curtailed by a male-dominated system. Will the ongoing general election bring about a change? Around 625 million women...
Friday, April 26, 2019
A hard truth in Indian politics: men feel threatened by women who are intelligent, single and independent
The odds are stacked heavily against women in politics. They are up against strong, entrenched and largely patriarchal lobbies in political parties. A woman has to be part of a lobby to succeed—a lobby which will push her case for a ticket from a...
Friday, April 26, 2019
Challenges and the way forward for women in politics in India
As India gears up for the world’s largest election process, one cannot help but think of some of the unfulfilled promises made when a young India emerged amongst the preeminent democracies of the world. Nearly 70 years since the enactment of our...
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Demeaning women is an assault on our politics
Women in Indian politics face a double disadvantage. The first is the difficulty in getting a foot in through the door in a male-dominated arena. Women account for only 12.15% of the outgoing 16th Lok Sabha. The second is facing unacceptable sexist...
Friday, April 12, 2019
India: History’s biggest election has no place for women
History’s biggest elections are yet another proof that we live in a “man’s world.” Less than 8% of the total 1,271 candidates contesting the first phase of India’s general election are women. Polls to elect India’s new Lok Sabha (parliament’s lower...
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
In a first, two women are contesting Lok Sabha polls from Mizoram, Arunachal
Lalthlamauni or Jarjum Ete win or not, they have already made history by being the first women in the two states – which both have more women voters than men – to contest a Lok Sabha election. This April 11, when polling begins in Mizoram and...
Friday, March 22, 2019
Naveen Patnaik's party to give 33% tickets to women in Lok Sabha elections
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday announced 33 per cent quota for women in the allocation of Lok Sabha tickets of Biju Janata Dal (BJD) party. Addressing the Women Self Help Group's (SHGs) Conclave under 'Mission Shakti', Patnaik said...
Friday, March 22, 2019
Shakti: Gunning for more women in politics in India
A non-partisan collective is targeting the general elections for equal representation of women in Parliament, but the road to gender-just politics is tricky to traverse Vinod Rathod of the Delhi Police has been manning the Parliament gates for four...
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Time to demand 50% representation for women in politics
By Prathiksha Lakshmikanth, It was not the first time that a male politician in India had made a sexist and derogatory jibe at a female counterpart. But something about Union minister Mahesh Sharma’s “pappu ki pappi” remark, directed at Congress’...
Thursday, February 21, 2019
Women in politics are just politicians. They are not saris, jackets, or a particular kind of laughter
By Naghma Sahar, After the death of veteran socialist leader George Fernandes, I had the chance to meet his companion and fellow politician, Jaya Jaitly. We talked about her long political life and her new book A Life among the Scorpions: Memoirs of...
Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Women in politics in India: Breaking barriers
As early as 1966, India elected a female prime minister, becoming only the second country in the world to do so. More than fifty years later, more women are joining politics but their number still remains low. Female leaders regularly battle gender...
Friday, February 15, 2019
India: National Women’s Party: ‘will contest 283 seats’
“Our candidates are mostly women who work in the NGO sector and have grassroots experience. There are many retired IAS officers who are joining our party. The candidates will depend on their own resources for campaigning,” Shetty said. Shweta Shetty...
Monday, February 11, 2019
Kanimozhi, Divya Spandana to lend voice to maximise women’s representation in politics
Ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, Shakti, a non-partisan collective for women in politics, has been doing several campaigns to push for more women candidates. Shakti, a non-partisan collective for women in politics, has been doing several...