India: the link between education and participation of women in Indian politics

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January 31, 2022

India: the link between education and participation of women in Indian politics

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The gender disparity in politics is indicative of the of need to promote education amongst women, thus, enabling greater political participation.

While numerous political advancements have occurred throughout the world in recent decades, the most important influence has to be on women’s involvement and representation in political roles. Women make up about half of our population, but they are underrepresented in our political system in proportion to their numbers. At every level, from the home to the highest levels of government, women are excluded from decision-making. Women’s decision-making engagement in politics may have a substantial impact on women’s empowerment, which is why India is battling with the issue of gender disparity. Despite the Indian Constitution’s provision of equal opportunity, women have a small presence in legislative bodies and political participation at all levels. Accessing the possible reasons, we see that, interestingly, education plays a part in politics; however, only for women because the literacy rate of female politicians is higher than the male politicians, implying that only women need political education.

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Kristanjali Chaurasia
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Observer Research Foundation
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2022
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