Women’s Organisations Reiterate Reservation Demand
On June 9, several national level organisations of women sent the following letter to the prime minister, Narendra Modi, demanding 33 percent reservation for women in legislative bodies. THE address by the president of India to both houses of parliament on June 9, 2014 has stated, in clause 19, the government’s commitment to provide 33 percent reservation to women in parliament and state legislative assemblies. We, the undersigned women’s organisations, who have been raising our united voice on this demand for over 15 years now, welcome this assurance. We would like to point out that women’s representation in the current Lok Sabha, though the highest so far, is still only 11 percent of the total number of MPs. We hope that your government will honour this commitment made by the president and translate the promise into reality as early as possible. We urge that the women’s bill be placed in the forthcoming session of parliament and passed without any further delay. The signatories to the letter were Ms Jagmati Sangwan (AIDWA); Ms Annie Raja (NFIW); Dr Jyotsna Chatterjee (JWP); Indu Agnihotri (CWDS); Dr Mohini Giri (GOS); Veena Kohli ( AIWC); Ms Azra Abidi (MWF); Ms Vimal Thorat (AIDMAM) and Ms Leila Passah (YWCA).