What Woman Want… from their Political Leaders

07/03/2009 at 10:33 2 टिप्पणिया

Participants at the Bhandara Local Hearing

Participants at the Bhandara Local Hearing

2.3 lakh people contribute to Women’s Manifesto for National Elections

For the political leaders of India, Women’s Day will be marked by a call to prioritize the women’s agenda in their election manifestos, as outlined in the Women’s Manifesto developed in consultation with 231,984 people – both men and women – across 100 parliamentary constituencies.

Education for Girls enforced by law, enactment of the Women’s Reservation Bill and the stronger implementation of the Domestic Violence Act are three key demands that have emerged recurrently at the local level.

Equally significant are the range of measures that have been proposed to strengthen the economic role and participation of women which reflect a strong claim for their rightful share of the nation’s resources. Demands in this context include making the accordance of Farmer Status for women engaged in agriculture, the creation of assets for women a pre-requisite for all developmental programs and enforcing the equal participation of women not only as beneficiaries and as decision makers in the committees set up to oversee public programs.

Proposals for increasing women’s participation in the workforce include steps to increase the proportion of women recruited to the police force, education system and the private sector. The need for special programs to support working women has also been raised.

Demands for local infrastructure to promote technical education among women and encourage women athletes through facilities for sports and recreation are heartening as they reflect the changing aspirations of women in villages and small towns of India.

While our political leaders are still struggling to implement the Bill for 33% reservation of seats for women in Parliament, on the ground the overwhelming demand is for no less than half the share of political seats at the national and state level.”

The significance of this Manifesto is that each demand has emerged from the local level and therefore reflects the realities and expectations of the people of India. Collectively, these demands present a composite and completely do-able national agenda for women which no political party can afford to ignore.

Download the Women’s Manifesto here.


Entry filed under: About the All India People's Manifesto.

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  • 2. Sunrays Cities India  |  13/03/2014 को 04:05

    Dear sir,
    Dwacra Parishath is a political organisation for below poverty lane in India.
    We are campaigning all over in India starting from Andhrapradesh
    We are looking equality for political opportunities.
    Only money and corruption is leading the country
    We are looking for Change.

    Please view our activities
    Thanks for your interest and joining in our political empowerment campaigning

    Our single Ajanda..
    Contesting or 100% Reservations to SC/ST/BC/Minorities
    on Local bodies like Village/Town/MPTC/ZPTC elections

    here are good reasons why the country has more poor than all of sub-Saharan Africa, and more hungry and illiterate people than any other country despite two decades of rapid growth.

    1. Left wing extremism
    2. Religious extremism
    3. Corrupt central government
    4. Decline of public institutions
    5. Growing gap between the rich and the poor
    6. Environment degradation
    7. Political fragmentation of the Indian electoral system
    8. Unreconciled borders
    9. Unstable neighbourhood
    10. Apathy of the media

    What is DWACRA?
    In India, majority of rural women are housewives. Today it has become necessary for every couple to work and earn for their family. Unfortunately, the employment opportunities are a few. Till the middle of the last century, men used to go for earnings mostly and gradually women also started to take up the responsibility of earnings. Even though opportunities for educated women in the towns and cities are more, women in the rural areas lack in opportunities. Particularly majority of the rural women are uneducated. The only option for them is to lead the lives as agriculture labor.

    Dwacra Parishath


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