Empowering Women to take Centre stage in politics

With women constituting  49% of the total population in India, the Women’s Reservation Bill (WRB) proposes to reserve a minimum of 33% representation for women in Parliament and in the State Legislatures.

CSR, in partnership with Commonwealth Foundation has been leading the way with multilayered advocacy for the passage of Women’s Reservation Bill

History tells us female leaders approach their job differently and priorities different issues. Mental health, child poverty, healthy homes, minimum wage rises-  have always been among their key focus areas.

A recent  study in India also suggests that female village chiefs invest more in the public good than male chiefs. Research on Panchayats in India discovered  that the number of drinking water projects in areas with women-led councils was 62% higher than those of with men-led councils.

In short, there is established and growing evidence that women’s leadership in political decision-making processes improves them.

Dr. Ranjana Kumari “A leader takes his people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go but ought to be! CSR team’s tireless efforts in mobilising support for the passage of Women’s Reservation Bill is an example of such leadership style.” 

Campaign for the passage of the Women’s Reservation Bill

Tirelessly working to mobilise support

The campaign’s primary activities are focused on the dissemination of information about the Bill. Through creation of a Memorandum and fact sheets along with the social media campaign, Women’s Charter and Womanifesto, basic knowledge about the Bill was disseminated.

Press conferences further highlighted the importance of women’s representation to development and highlighted the long-standing struggle to pass the Bill.

Lobbying with Members of Parliament (MPs) / Ministers / Leaders:

Prior to the 2019 General Elections, CSR along with members of the National Alliance met all the major political parties and shared the “Womanifesto” created in collaboration with women’s groups. Our lobbying outreach extended to MPs, Ministers, the Prime Minister and the President at the National level. At the State level, we reached out to MLAs, while at the grassroot level we have reached out to students, SHG women, and the common citizenry.

Mobilisation of women’s groups: CSR along with the National Alliance reached out to over 800 women’s groups at the national, state and grassroots level.

Media Coverage of our advocacy efforts: CSR organised two national level press conferences on the issue, and five state level press conferences. Newspaper coverage of our lobbying efforts have been covered in almost 100 national, state and local level articles and media.

 Petition drive: We have received over 64,000 petitions in support of passage of the WRB from all over India, and continue to receive petitions in support of the Bill.

Mobilization of Panchayati Raj Institutions: The goal of securing the signatures of 100 PRI members in support of the Memorandum to pass the WRB has been achieved.

Mobilizing advocacy efforts at the State level for passage of the Bill: State-level events were conducted in Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, Chhattisgarh, Haryana,Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and West Bengal. These events ensure that lobbying with MLA’s and leaders does not stop at the state level. 

Using the power of social media

We have also been active on social media running campaigns on Facebook as well as Twitter to garner support. To show support, visit our page, Time for #33 percent, on any of the two channels.

 

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