Advocacy and Campaign

Advocacy and Campaign.

Advocacy and political Empowerment of Women
The department has been assigned the responsibility of designing strategies and undertaking advocacy and campaigns for political empowerment of women.

Goal:
  • Passage of Women’s Reservation Bill
  • Increase in political representation of women in internal affairs of political parties
  • Women’s increased role in policy/decision making at all levels of government
  • Political parties providing at least 33% tickets to female contestants

Geographical Domain: Work area of this division ranges across geographical area of India i.e. all 29 States and 7 Union Territories of India.

Target Population:  Citizens of India from all 29 States and 7 Union Territories. This division communicates and advocates with citizens of all genders in India, with an aim to seek support in favor of the goal of the division.

Activities:   The department is undertaking advocacy and campaigns at four levels for achieving all of its goals .Presently the campaign is most focused on passage of “Women’s Reservation Bill”

WRB Project is undertaking campaign and advocacy at four levels i.e. National level, State level, PRI/ULB level and at grass root level, with a purpose to
  • Generate political pressure across India so that political parties and governments take decision for passage of the Bill rather than letting the Bill to be in cold storage
  • To help generate politically conducive environment for passage of the Bill
  • Seek support from Political parties for passage of the Bill ,
  • Awareness generation of people and common citizens at grass root level and at Panchayati Raaj Institution level
  • Generating all India level demand from all section of society for passage of the bill by Parliament
  • Campaigning with election commission for electoral reforms
  • Communication with stakeholders through Documentation (Preparing Women’s Charter and Women’s Manifesto)
  • Awareness generation through print, electronic and social media channels

Women’s Reservation Bill
The Women’s Reservation Bill (WRB), i.e. the (The Constitution 108th Amendment Bill 2008) proposes to reserve a minimum of 33% seats for women in Parliament and in State Legislative Assemblies. The Bill was first introduced in Parliament 23 years ago and, has not yet been converted into act, due to negligence from all successive governments, due to strong opposition from various political parties in the past as well as due to strong patriarchal norms prevailing in society.

If the Bill gets passed by Parliament and from more than half of the State Legislative Assemblies, and gets converted into an act, it is destined to bring revolutionary change in Indian social structure. As a result of this act coming into effect, at least 33% policy makers in Parliament and in State Legislative Assemblies will be women and this change of demographic equation in legislatures will have far reaching implications on social indicators of India.

Passage of Women’s Reservation Bill is directly related to “SDG- 5” and gender equality pledge prevailing at national and international forums and Indian government being signatory to all international conventions to ensure gender equality back home.

National Alliance for Women’s Reservation Bill:  To attain the goal and to undertake the advocacy and campaign throughout India a national alliance called “National Alliance for Women’s Reservation Bill”     has been formed. More than 1500 organizations and individuals from across India, collected on a common stage to form the alliance .Centre for Social Research is one of the leading partners of the Alliance.

Advocacy and Campaign at four levels:

National Level Campaign

Centre for Social Research, New Delhi, undertook following activities under National Level campaign
  • Letter Campaign with Prime Minister’s Office (Har Din Prasoon campaign)
  • Meeting with Hon’ble President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovindji
  • Memorandum dispatched to Hon’ble President and to Hon.ble Prime Minister
  • Letter Campaign with Members of Parliament
  • Email Campaign with MPs of Lok Sabha
  • Meeting with Members of Parliament (MPs) ,Speaker of Lok Sabha, Ministers of Government of India
  • Meeting with Secretary, Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India, New Delhi
  • Requested (Mail/face to face meeting) Lok sabha MPs to raise questions regarding re-tabling of the Bill in Lok Sabha for discussion and voting
  • Drafted parliament questions and made it available to MPs to raise them in the Parliament.
  • Meeting with political heavy weights e.g. Mrs. Priyanka Gandhi from INC, Mr. KC Tyagi from JDU, Ms. Sharmistha Mukherjee from INC
  • Meeting with Chief Election Commissioner of India and with Deputy Chief Election Commissioner at Nirvachan Sadan , New Delhi to request them to undertake electoral reforms to ensure equal representation for women
  • Visit to Head Office of National Party like INC, BJP, BSP ,AAP ,JDU and submitted memorandum and request for appointment letter
  • Protest meet at New Delhi
  • Organized Press Conferences in New Delhi
  • Press Release circulated from time to time for highlighting of issues
  • Ensured huge media coverage of WRB in electronic and print media
  • Ensured social media advocacy through face book ,twitter handler and through online petition /offline signature campaign
  • Live tweet/ live facebook programme (in July 2017) , in attendance with Alliance partners
  • Program conducted at Constitution Club of India to issue appeal to government for passage of WRB
  • Undertook “Call your MP” campaign
  • Undertook “Message your MP” campaign
  • Preparation of “Women’s Charter” and Women’s Manifesto i.e. “WOMANIFESTO” and its circulation to political parties, leaders, Members of Parliament and opinion makers
  • State Level Campaign
To be converted into Act, the Bill has to be passed by more than half of the State Legislatures. Taking into consideration of this fact Centre for Social Research undertook following activities under State Level campaign
  • Programs organized in 10 states that includes Bihar, Jharkhand, Haryana, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh
  • Letters / Memorandum sent to Chief Ministers of States
  • Signature Campaign conducted with MLAs across 29 States of India
  • Coordination and partnership with local NGOs Adithi in Patna , Pradaan in Jharkhand , Haryana Vikas Manch in Haryana, Mamta Vidha, Jhansi in UP, Jan Chetna Sansthan Abu road in Rajasthan , Tarun Chetna ,Prataapgarh, Uttar Pradesh and others  for better outreach to local people and for reaching out to PRI/ULB members , local SHG women, and to local residents

Local state partners for organizing programs and for conducting signature campaigns

  1. Andhra Pradesh
  • Vasavya Mahila Mandali
  1. Bihar
  • Gramin Evam Nagar Vikas parishad
  • Adithi
  • Shikshansh
  1. Chhatisgarh
  • Vikas Asha Sewa Sansthan
  • Mahila Shiksha Kalyan Evam Prashikhan Parishad
  • Sanskriti Mahila Samiti
  1. Haryana
  • Haryana Nav Yuvak Kala Samiti
  1. Karnataka
  • Ananya Mahila Okkutta
  • Global Concerns India
  1. Madhya Pradesh
  • Gender Resource Centre
  • Child Rights Observatory Madhya Pradesh
  • Mahila Chetna Manch
  1. Rajasthan
  • Jan Chetna Sansthan
  • Vikalp
  1. Uttar Pradesh
  • Gramin Punarnirman Sansthan
  • Tarun Chetna
  • Asian Bridge
  • Vikas Dhara Vida Mahila Sansthan
  • Prayas Prashikshan Samiti
  • Gramin Vikas Awam Parisshan Sansthan
  • Rashtriye Asahay Sewashram Parishad
  • Jan Shisha Kendra
  1. Jharkhand
  • Adithi
  • Pradaan
  • Panchayati Raaj Institution Level/Urban Local Body Level Campaign

As a result of 73rd and 74th Constitution Amendment Act, seats are being reserved for women of India during “Panchayati Raaj Institution (PRI)” and “Urban Local Body (ULB)” elections. It has been a great breakthrough in the history of India, and as part of our strategy we are seeking support of elected PRI and ULB representatives

For the purpose, “Centre for Social Research, New Delhi” undertook following activities

  • Massive Letter Campaign (Panch Ke Dwaar Campaign) throughout India- 2700 letters have been dispatched through registered post to elected Panchayat Heads spreading across all the 29 states of India
  • PRI/ULB elected members invited as speakers in state level programs and at National level programs
  • PRI/ULB representatives have been involved in massive signature campaign throughout India
  • Campaign at grass root level/ with citizens and with students
Following activities were undertaken by Centre for Social Research for campaign at grass root level
  • Meeting with RWAs/Civilian Groups
  • Signature Campaign at public places
  • Nukkad Natak at public places
  • One to One campaign at all other programmes and social events
  • Programms organized at colleges

Social media campaign

Centre for Social Research is undertaking massive social media campaign through the handles of twitter and Facebook, addresses of the social media handles as follows

Twitter – Time33Percent
Facebook – Time33Percent (page)

Campaign through Documentation

As one of the leading members of “National Alliance for Women’s Reservation Bill” , Centre for Social Research spearheaded preparation of Women’s Charter and Women’s Manifesto (MANIFESTO) that include women’s demands and from governments and political parties. The draft had been circulated to members of the alliance throughout India and has been endorsed by the alliance.

The alliance, through a collective voice has appealed to government to fulfill women’s demands mentioned in the WOMANIFESTO, and also appealed to political parties to pass Women’s reservation Bill as well as to refer the document while preparing their election manifestoes.