An alliance of nearly 35 of India’s most influential women’s organizations held a demand meeting today to pressurize parliamentarians to pass the much delayed Women’s Reservation Bill in Lok Sabha. Nearly 1,000 activists participated in the meeting to lend impetus to the women’s struggle towards political equality.
The alliance included Centre for Social Research, WomenPowerConnect, Stree Shakti, Action India, All India Women’s Conference and Mahila Congress.
Some of the most prominent meeting attendees included Smt. Girija Vyas, Chairperson, National Commission of Women; Smt. Chandresh Kumari, Member of Parliament (MP); Dr. Ranjana Kumari, President, Women Power Connect ; Director, Centre for Social Research; Mr. Madhu Yakshi (MP); Shivanand Tiwari (MP) and Ms. Prabha Thakur, President, Mahila Congress.
“The Bill has been facing strong opposition from the Yadav trio. Our meeting will bring together the collective voices of women who want political equality. We will continue to mount pressure and garner support from parliamentarians to ensure that the Bill gets passed in Lok Sabha,” said our own Dr. Ranjana Kumari.
The bill has evoked sharp opposition from the Yadav trio, who’ve demanded a quota within the quota for women from backward communities and minorities. Mulayam Singh and Lalu Prasad have threatened to withdraw support if the government signs the Bill in its present form.
The passage of the Bill in Rajya Sabha (Council of States) in March 2010 was a historic moment when the major national parties reached a political consensus. Despite the vast political differences between each party, all supported the Congress-led bill, including the BJP and the Left who were in the opposition.
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