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    Only three countries in the world have 50 percent or more women in parliament. This is case of lack of leadership skills or lack of opportunity?

    Piyu Radadiya
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    In every there is women have rights and opportunity to work. As well as in parliament women have many opportunity. But many women have fear to start carrier in this field. No doubt there is women have leadership skill and also opportunity. There is many some country who give women and men same rights.

    Tanima
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    In today’s world, it’s obviously a big issue that in a democratic country like India, upholding so much diversities, there’s none to talk specially from female side. As a result female exploitation issues are always ignored .
    First of all, I don’t actually agree with the issue that women lacks leadership. As we know leadership is not something based on gender discrimination. It’s concern about the team, a calm mind and the ability of influencing other people is what it needs to be a good leader. For some it comes Inherited, for something it comes with practice.
    In this male dominating society, whether it’s for some highly ranked officer or some political head, men don’t want to take orders from a woman and that nonsense is enough to constraint women from leadership.
    We already know a lot of female idols like Indira Gandhi,Jayalithala Jayaraman, Prativa Patil who created history with their leadership, on this same Indian politics. So it’s clear that ‘women lack leadership’-is just another game of restraining female to raise their voice.
    If there’s any reason why women don’t get into politics, it’s only because society doesn’t allow it completely.
    First, from childhood we are taught according to gender discrimination that there’s some men’s work and of course politics is one of them and other than those everything is for women and they shouldn’t alter it. Society wants a man to be a political leader, not women and if somehow they manage to get it, they’ll be tormented through insane remarks, mental pressure, illogical conspiracy and so on.
    Women have to struggle through more and more walls to get at that position. With women exploitation and sexual harassment having a upward curve, women can’t even feel safe on roads, they even struggle to reach home every time. Then how can we expect to go on with all that situation alone?
    Female are never inspired or taught to be a leader. And after creating all these barriers , society is gonna remark as women lacks leadership.
    For establishment of a female representative in Parliament, I appreciate the quota system. Although it’s even seen that husbands are ruling the area in the name of their wives and as expected nobody has a problem with that.
    So, I support your saying of ‘Women doesn’t lack leadership, they lack opportunity’. With the quota system, if we let our women speak of their mind from the beginning and protect the leaders and help them to progress, it’ll be much easier for them to prove their ability which will be a necessary step for stopping gender discrimination.

    Semantee Chattopadhyay
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    “Woman is the eye of the nation”
    The place of women in Indian politics reflects the opportunities and constraints that are associated with its democracy. Women have been key to numerous social movements and non-governmental organisations that underlie India’s vibrant civil society.
    Whenever issues regarding women were addressed in the parliament our male politicians reached a new level of low grade. Politicians are often seen to use sexist remarks in parliament. According to a report published in 2017, India ranked 148th position in ‘Women in Parliament’ and at 88th position in ‘Women at ministerial position’. Our parliament currently has 11.8% women representation and state assemblies have only 9% even though ‘women empowerment has become a catchphrase in every government policy. Women need representation in parliament because it gives them equality. The constitution of India guarantees justice- social, economic and political, liberty of thought, and equality to all citizens. With gender-based violence ripping the country apart it has become more evident for an equal representation of women in politics. Self- representation and self-determination is a great step towards women empowerment.
    The major challenges that women face are gender stereotypes. Women received less funding as compared to their male counterparts during elections. There is a lack of political network which in turn acts as a barrier for common women to take part in politics. The women reservation bill which would allow 1/3rd representation of women in the parliament has not yet been passed by the Lok Sabha. Although the bill needs some changes, as it only seems to benefit the urban and rich women and not the rural women. When women come to power, their leadership becomes delicate. When they become the minister of parliament their powers are generally limited. They are expected to strictly adhere to the party policy concerning women.

    nehachitroda
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    LACK OF REPRESENTATION OF WOMEN IN PARLIAMENT
    Women are always attached to some fields when it comes to working and earning and men are always having a position of being leader, boss, CEO, etc. If we talk about politics and parliament, we have most men as political heads but not women. This is because of women’s image which has been made back from times in the past.
    According to a study by Inter-Parliamentary Union, India is 149th out of 193 countries as of July 2017, in the field of women’s representation in parliament. There can be a lot of reasons for the lack of women in parliament, personal, social, or political. Mainly society, they don’t want women to move ahead of men in anything because they think of women as inferior, less capable, and can’t handle politics. There is also political bias and they also don’t allow women to hold the position even if they have got those seats in parliament because according to them women can’t rule a parliament and they lack somewhere.
    So these are some common areas of an issue because of which women are not ahead in politics because of lack of support, lack of opportunities, gender disparity, inequality, etc. It’s not that they don’t have knowledge or skills, because now if we see there are almost every field where women are master in that field, be it corporate job any household chore. We have women Officers, Entrepreneurs, Founders, and many more, but opportunities and exposure are not given and so women lack representation in parliament.
    So I can conclude that not because of lack of skills but because of lack of opportunities women are less in politics and parliament. Because men are given more preference than women. And women should be motivated and supported so they receive equality in everything.

    Yash Tiwari
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    Women in Indian Politics have always been confronting a male-dominated and patriarchal system and society, where men tend to feel that women are inferior to them. Women are considered as ‘Binaash’ or a burden. Despite this, women have always participated in politics. Historically, like in any other country, Indian women were not allowed voting rights. They could not even take part in the councils of their very own villages. Women were elected to local government bodies for the first time in 1951. The first two women-elected members of India’s Parliament were Hemu Kalani from Bombay and Renuka Devi from Kanpur in 1952.

    Almost half of India’s population is women, but only 11.6 percent of them are in State assemblies out of a total of 634 elected seats in 34 States and six Union territories. Election Commission data shows that a mere 857 out of 4,123 candidates (20.5 percent) fielded were women. Only 71 women were elected as members in the recently concluded Assembly elections. If women had equal representation in India’s parliament, laws on family law and women’s work would be more progressive and is an obvious fact. The availability of political opportunities is almost the same in a few areas like economic and political spheres. Though India is a democratic country, people belonging to the deprived section like women and other minorities have failed to get equal representation in all the social fields.

    Women’s roles increasing in the workforce. But still, their unequal status in society is restricting their work and opportunities to prove themselves as leaders and professionals. Women occupy approximately 10% of legislative seats across the world, and they remain underrepresented in most countries in the world. However, India is ranked a lowly 120th out of 189 countries in this category. Common terms like the glass ceiling and the gender wage gap continue to emerge as major issues. Over the past several years, The Representation Project has been examining women in politics. We wanted to understand what factors were contributing to women’s representation in government and how they impact the way society runs.

    It is true that now women are excelling in any field they have taken but still we can’t deny that there is gender disparity. Because of which women are not able to achieve things they deserve in society. Women have faced and are continuing to face challenges, and representations of women in politics must be changed. With the current representation, no issues related to gender equity and equality can be addressed within society.

    PALAK KASHIV
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    Women are working with many companies and earning money we can see some women are become CEOS or running their own startups but when we talk about politics very few women, can count on fingers can be seen as political leaders. This because women in our society always have face restrictions for getting complete education socio-cultural barriers are also the reasons, women’s decision-making skills have only limit to the family responsibility they never got the chance to express their opinion about the ongoing situation in-country and how we can expect them to be leaders of society. In our country, some political party falls on the very low level to become the leader and they easily remove women who are standing in elections by spreading fake rumors or filling people pockets with money and they make sure everything happens unknowingly, by seeing all this thing women courageously come forward to fight election loses the hope and give up. But if we want to change this scenario we should uplift and support them to win and become leaders, can change the system because if women become leaders she will definitely understand the issues and difficulties of women try to change it. Sushma swaraj, pratibha tai Patil, Nirmala sitaraman, etc all these women have fought battle to become leaders they never stop and give up only they have the mindset that they need to do something for the country. Also, the thing is today’s youth do not want to step into politics because it is very unexpecting if they lose their image in public people target them every for the things they may not have done or said about it. Our society needs to show the same support as they show to male leaders of the society. Let’s change this thing make women also the leaders.

    DISHA SAPKALE
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    There are very less women in the parliament because women don’t get a chance in decision making and support from Society. It is true that there are very less women in parliament due to lack of leadership skills and lack of opportunity. In today’s generation, there are lots of working women in different field but they don’t get an opportunity in political leaders because either they don’t get support from family or society mentality and inequality towards women. The reason there are very few women in politics because men are given priority in decision making than women. There should be equal treatment and equal opportunity given to both men and women. Family need to support their daughter if they want to make their career in parliament and people need to encourage and support women in parliament. Both men and women should be given equal chance in decision making. Than only women will sharpen their leadership skills. Many women who want to be in parliament but they don’t choose as their career because of the society thinking towards women and challenges they will has to face with their family members. Society need to stop making gender discrimination and gender inequality and give the equal treatment and equal opportunity to all the genders.

    Afshan Iqbal
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    The times have changed and it’s not just a man’s world anymore. Women are making an impact in every field and they are leading in every way. There is no place where we find women any less than men. Even though the world is moving towards change, still some people are finding it hard to accept that women are equal to men. Women were always supposed to work at home and the fact that women are working outside homes is still not digested by society. From suffragettes to modern-day feminists, women and men have fought long and hard for women’s right to vote and hold office. While women are excelling everywhere, there’s a lack of representation of women in Parliament. Why? When we talk about women’s political participation, it is easy for us to imagine the empty seats around the decision-making table, and a little more difficult to picture the many obstacles and challenges women face to get into those seats. Women are putting themselves forward for elections more and more, yet their numbers are still far behind those of men. Even though it is widely accepted that development in societies cannot be achieved without women, still they continue to be sidelined in decision-making. The stigma against women in politics is still alive and isn’t gone. They continue to face barriers in the field of politics. The Women’s Reservation Bill was initially introduced in the parliament on September 12, 1996. The bill was introduced in Lok Sabha by the United Front government of HD Deve Gowda. It is still pending to be passed in Lok Sabha but I don’t believe in reservations because it’s a way of declaring women as a weaker gender. The fact is women weren’t given equal chances at Parliament but things are changing for good now. Women are getting good chances of decision making in Parliament still we need the equal representation of women in Parliament.

    Samriti Sharma
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    Lack of women representation in parliament is not a recent issue it has been in existence since the very time of independence of our nation. Since Back then in 1947 women have struggled to secure a position for themselves in social, cultural and political sphere and though comparatively women have been successful in recent years to achieve the same socially and economically and culturally but there still is a need for the adequate representation of women politically.
    Parliament of India which consists of the President, Lok Sabha and Rajya sabha still lacks to provide women representative adequately. The Government of India primarily focuses on gender justice and still after years of independence has been not able to consider the same with regard to women.
    The constitution of India provides 1/3rd of seats to be reserved for women, there has been a women’s reservation Bill which was introduced in Rajya sabha in May 2008 which lapsed in Lok Sabha in 2010 and has not been passed since then. This particular Bill provided for 33% of seats to be reserved for women in Lok Sabha and all State legislative Assemblies. The political empowerment of women has been on hold since time immemorial.
    It is important here to mention that gender gap, discrimination on the basis of sex, gender stereotypes and unfriendly social conditions all are responsible for this lack of representation of women in the parliament of India. However today there is a need for provisions to overcome all odds and hence establish the equality between men and women for real.

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