Women groups demand more candidates in polls

Women groups demand more candidates in polls

Agency News

New Delhi, Apr 26: Expressing unhappiness over fielding lesser women candidates in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, several women groups on Friday organized a social media campaign on twitter called #TweetChat, where the women voters have voiced their concern and dissatisfaction over gender discrimination.

The twitter host handle @Time33Percent spearheads the TweetChat campaign. The online TweetChat campaign participants expressed discontentment of Indian women voters over failed promises of political parties and their gender discrimination in ticket distribution pattern. They were of the view that pressure should be mounted on political parties to address this incongruity urgently.

Women’s organizations also conveyed a strong message through the social media campaign to all political parties that "women are not going to tolerate marginal representation in Parliament or silently suffer discrimination. This time, women will come back with full force to demand the passage of the Women’s Reservation Bill, which is their constitutional right."

"Through this social media campaign, we aim to alert the women of India against this persistent discrimination in the political space. It is an effort to involve people from diverse age groups, caste, gender and professions to initiate an important discourse on political parties’ false promises regarding women’s representation in decision-making roles in India. We invite everyone to join the cause of discrimination against women in the political space in India," said Ranjana Kumari, Director, Centre for Social Research.

Before the polling began for 17th Lok Sabha, members of the National Alliance for Women Reservation Bill approached several political parties to demand 33 per cent ticket allocation for women candidates in elections. Now, looking at the unsatisfactory number of female candidates contesting in the election, the Alliance members are preparing to build strong pressure on the government and political parties through robust advocacy at every level, including social media.
Before the poll process began, all political parties publicly spoke in favor of increasing female contestants and even promised the passage of the Women’s Reservation Bill in their election manifestos, but in reality, their political will to comply with such promises is non-existent, it added.
Every party, other than All India Trinamool Congress (AITC) and Biju Janata Dal (BJD), has allotted less than a meager 20 per cent tickets to women contestants.