Reservation for Women in Parliament and Assemblies
The history of political participation for women in India has been a long struggle. The 73rd and 74th Constitutional Amendment in 1992-93 paved the way for the grassroot women participation in the local bodies. The legislation to reserve 33.3% seats in Parliament and State Legislature for women introduced in 1996, is yet to be passed. The proposed bill offers reservation for women at each level of legislative decision making, starting with the Lok Sabha, down to the State and Local Legislatures. If the bill is passed, one-third of the total available seats would be reserved for women in National and State Legislatures.
A nationwide campaign “Reservation Express” was launched by ANHAD, a Delhi based organisation in collaboration with women’s organisation across the country. EKTA is one of the coordinators in Tamil Nadu.