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Women in Politics- The reservation debate....

Every year the government in the country brings a debatable topic of 33% reservation for women in the parliament. It gains ample media attention and the issue is taken up as the "its now or never." But sadly there has never been a consensus with regard to the issue.
Meaningless debate has stranded this BILL in the past and continues to do so now as well.....

(I base this writing on what I have witnessed from my briefest of contact with real rural India and which I have debated with myself a million times.)

33% reservation for women!!!!!!!!
This has been taken up as the call of the hour;the need of our times……I say why not…..

QUESTION:
Women have always wanted EQUALITY in our society; so why now this 33% reservation……….

THE REALITY:
EQUALITY has for long been the passion of women’s movement worldwide; just like other how everyone who is socially conscious longs for peaceful, just, equal world.
But is this so in the real context. What we long for needs time for achievement.
But progressive aspects like “EQUALITY” happen only when De Jure and De Facto fall on similar planes …………
In reality women lack equal footing in many cases, this 33% would be a boost towards achieving a push forward. Also women Panchayat leaders are looking forward to progress the political ladder.
This 33% can boost them towards equity.....

QUESTION:
There are (8 %) women in the parliament; what have they achieved till now……

THE REALITY:
There are 92% men in the parliament:
The country’s spending towards public health is less than 1 % GDP
India has slipped 2 places down in HDI and ranks 128
There is no decrease in our crime rates......
Poverty and issues are still the same........
We have had so many politicians till date what have they achieved so meaningfully till date…..

QUESTION:
We have had women PM’s, CM’s and many other parliamentarians in the past, they could do that without reservation why not everyone else

THE REALITY:
Not everyone is equipped with the class, caste or contacts to become CM’s and PM’s…… There are examples of singular women achieving the status of CM’s and PM’s but by equipping women from marginalized and disadvantaged communities with political power the options are favorable and feasible with regard to women’s empowerment (In its true sense….)
Also by empowering more women we can set more examples than rely on only 4 or 5 examples from our past and present…..

QUESTION:
Women will remain as MP’s for namesake only…..

THE REALITY:
How many men MP’s function their roles independently, There are numerous examples where Male politicians act as NAMESAKE;

In conclusion…
33 % will be a stepping stone to many,
It will be the starting point of change,
It can act as the change that we seek,

By altering our power structures and making it more inclusive, we are inviting change,,,,, this is not “The Solution” but this is probably the right catalyst towards equitable social change…..

BY PROMOTING EQUITY WE ARE PROGRESSING TOWARDS EQUALITY…

Comments

The Afrika way's picture

I like your perspective on

I like your perspective on the issue. A tower is build one brick/stone at a time, gender equity is a means towards achieving gender equality.

I especially agree with your point that 33% should only be a stepping stone not the solution, it is not the goal. As women we tend to sometimes forget about this and we get comfortable with the small percentage, and scramble for it.

Warm regards,

efe's picture

Obama's lesson

We have learnt from Obama's example that little drops of water do end up making the mighty ocean.These " little" concessions here and there will lead to that unfathomable height.Women and minorities will indeed get there and in the non-distant future.

jaberbock's picture

Great opportunity

In some way I would prefer not to reserve a percentage for women at public posts, but at the end the experience in my country demonstrates that equity need sometimes a little help because of machism. Our government in this sense is the prove of efficiency with high qualified ministers, despite the comments of the Italian Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi, that told at the beggining that ours was a too much "pink" government and things like that. Probably, it will come a day were women will be appreciated for their professional job, not for the gender, and decissions like to elect a women as Defense Minister, Carme Chacón, is a great step in a social space traditionally reserved to men, like the Army.

Dando's picture

Although a number of women

Although a number of women hold different positions in politics, we are fighting for a fifty percent women in parliament . . Recently i had a conversation with an elderly man on an issue of women holding position at a national level. one of the men told me that women are the majority when it comes to voting, but they always vote in favor of men and not their fellow women.
About six or seven years ago we held general elections and one woman who has been in politics for more than 15 years stood as a presidential candidate, she did her campaign perfectly but to my surprise she got the lowest vote, meaning the majority of women did not vote for her. I believed partly what this man said.I don't want to blame a woman but i think women have not realized that there fellow woman can lead them especially in my country.

I also think the reason why women are not really considered much in politic is that; Men have always been seen as the lead in politics.Hence there is need for women to be educated enough to realize that a woman can poses the same intellects and power to rule if voted in as MP or presidency just like a man and even more than a man.
I agree with you, 33% is a stepping stone

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