Token women

Forget 33 percent, the women who were in the cabinet didn’t get to hold weighty portfolios. “Except for a few politicians, most elected female representatives have a limited or marginal role in important discussions within their political party or within the national decision-making processes, according to a recent study,Violence against Women in Politics, released by the Centre for Social Research (CSR) and supported by UN Women” says the Mint article.

Women are usually given cultural and social portfolios rather than economic or political ones. This is the same case in state level politics too. Will the new government do differently?

http://www.livemint.com/Politics/1lqk6G20B68ILfZhEwQTaM/Going-beyond-womens-reservation.html

Padmalatha Ravi

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