Name of the Department: 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 of the Department:
- 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.