We need more women to participate in Politics
Women, even in the current modern era, are significantly under-represented in politics and hence this situation demands immediate redress. All over the world, the few women who are in parliament are looking beyond the numbers to focus on how they can make an impact, and bring about a difference, despite being a minority. Thus, women must not only ensure their individual success in the field of politics, but also pave the way for a new generation of women to enter the legislative process.
Women represent a remarkable percentage of global population. In addition, due to the wide educational opportunities and experiences available to them now, they are becoming increasingly important human resources for societies all over the world. Time and again, they have proved that they are as efficient in decision-making and providing leadership as men, and this is illustrated in the phenomenal rise of women-power in each and every field. It is the natural human right of a woman to participate fully and equally in politics and all decision-making processes including Parliament. Since it is one of the three organs of the Government, and perhaps the most important in the practice of democracy, equal participation of women in Parliament and government is essential to building and sustaining democracy. Their perspectives will not only be vital for development, but it will also ensure that women’s causes and concerns are fairly represented in decision-making. They will find a sure way of voicing their plight and woes. Studies around the world have shown that women placed in decision-making positions initiate laws and policies that address social inequities and bring social services to the entire nation.
Only 19 countries in the world have achieved the goal of 30% female representation in national legislatures. Certain special measures such as quotas are being implemented to increase their representation; however, it is a slow and temporary method. Being at the commanding heights of leadership in politics, a male domain, is one of the greatest challenges ever faced by women. However, a number of strategies, if properly implemented, can boost their confidence and enable them to operate effectively within the system. These include training programmes and capacity-building workshops such as orientation sessions to train them in public speaking, articulation, assertiveness etc. Networking is also a crucial mechanism that will provide quick knowledge and expertise, wherein women MPs, including former women parliamentarians discuss their concerns, thus enhancing their potential. Mentoring, that includes supervising, befriending, giving advice and counsel, by more experienced women MPs can also play a major role in providing special training for women.
The demand for greater representation of women in political institutions in India was not taken up in a systematic way until the setting up of the Committee on the Status of Women in India (CSWI) which published its report in 1976. Since then the women participation has improved. It is high time that women are equipped with the requisite skills to take up an active participation in politics. Their involvement in the country’s governance and administration will surely make a great impact on the progress of the nation.
Hillary Clinton lost to President Obama and hence could not become the first woman President of Unites States of America. However, in India, Pratibha Patil became the first woman President of India and of course Indira Gandhi was the prime minister of India. We need many more women leaders in the country and for that to happen more and more women have to enter politics in India preferably at a younger age.