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Wednesday, March 03, 2021
Future is female, but why are women leaders missing from India's political arena?
The recent election of Kamala Harris as the first woman vice president of America has ignited the aspirations of countless women in politics globally. However, in India, climbing the ladder of political leadership for women remains an inequitable...
Femme First
Thursday, January 14, 2021
India: Applications open for The She Runs Government Fellowship
Femme First Foundation – a non-partisan, non-profit organisation committed to amplifying women’s leadership in Indian politics – has opened applications for the She Runs Government Fellowship, India's first fellowship for women in politics. The...
Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Bihar elections: Do women’s votes count?
Given the rigid social structure, it is likely that women have little political agency in this State. In a State where 53 per cent of women think that it is justifiable for a man to beat his wife, how much political agency does a woman have in Bihar...
Tuesday, September 15, 2020
‘Reluctant politician; Forever social worker’—Congress’ MP from chattisgarh Jyotsna Mahant
Congress’ lone female MP in Chhattisgarh, Jyotsna Mahant’s entry in politics is a result of nepotism. It’s the same as how several women who belong to political parties enter politics, but what is unique about her is that she has already been...
Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Patriarchy rules politics too, but these women want to change that
Urmila Singh has been helping women in Bihar nurture their political ambitions for over two decades now. She remembers how the 73rd and 74th amendments to the Constitution in 1993 had reserved a third of seats in all local bodies for women, and how...
Thursday, September 03, 2020
How Sandhya Ray became the first female MP from Bhind in Madhya Pradesh
Coming from one of the most backward villages in the country, Sandhya Ray found the support in her progressive in-laws. They didn’t just support her with her studies but also motivated her to join politics. Ray, who wanted to do a regular 9-5 job,...
Tuesday, September 01, 2020
Women don’t get opportunities very easily, they need to fight for them, says MP Diya Kumari
Diya Kumari is an Indian politician who was elected as the Member of Parliament from Rajsamand constituency in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. She is a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and served as a MLA from Sawai Madhopur for the term...
Tuesday, August 25, 2020
State Govt. doesn’t give anganwadi workers their due: Jharkhand MP Annapurna Devi
BJP’s Annapurna Devi became the Member of Parliament from Kodarma in Jharkhand in 2019 Lok Sabha election. A first-time MP, Devi isn’t new to politics. While she was forced to join politics with Rashtriya Janta Dal in 1998 after her husband, Ramesh...
Tuesday, August 18, 2020
Time to prioritize women for transformative politics in new India
By Rami Chhabra, Tsunami Tsunamo has crested, propelled by people power. As one who entered the media in the late 1950s—then eighteen, now eighty—I stand witness to a rare karmic moment in the nation’s life. It has come only twice before: in 1971...
Thursday, August 13, 2020
Why increased activism has not translated into global women’s empowerment
By Pavit Kaur, India has hardly ever seen a purely women-driven movement where women have been the pioneers of a development and have stood up for a cause all by themselves. The second decade of 21st century has seen radical changes to the nature of...
Thursday, July 09, 2020
Kathmandu: Empowering the voice of all women amid the pandemic
Over in the past few months, incidences of women being oppressed have surfaced time and again. From women being subjected to gender-based violence to being abused and raped in quarantine centres to having an all-male ruling party secretariat...
Monday, June 15, 2020
Aunty, Didi, Bhabhi, Tai: How Indian women politicians are ‘domesticated’ so they fit in
The Suffrage, one of the most important milestones for the feminist movement, marked the beginning of women’s struggle to win the right to vote. Generations later, not only do women exercise voting rights, they have also contested and won elections...
Tuesday, June 02, 2020
Seema T Gala Vapi
Seema T Gala Vapi is a Municipal Councillor from India. This interview was conducted in March 2019 in the margins of the sixty-third session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW63) in New York
Friday, May 15, 2020
33 percent reservation for enhancing women participation in Indian politics
By Shirin Shabana, After working for more than 30 years in diverse social settings I realized without women's participation we can't resolve conflict, we can't stop wars and more than that there won't be diverse and peaceful inclusive sustainable...
Monday, March 16, 2020
'Politics should be the lifestyle of every single person': Hajer Sharief
From wanting to become a surgeon, like the protagonists of her favourite TV series Grey’s Anatomy, to combating violent extremism by improving political participation of women and the youth, Hajer Sharief has come a long way. She was a 19-year-old...
Wednesday, March 04, 2020
Scientists probe link between poll promises and chances of women getting elected
Researchers are studying the association between the campaign promises made during state elections and the chances of women politicians getting elected in four districts of Bihar. The ongoing study, led by Indian-origin researcher Sayan Banerjee...
Tuesday, February 11, 2020
8 women candidates win Delhi Assembly election, all from AAP
As many as eight women candidates out of 79 have emerged as winners in the Delhi assembly Election 2020. All of them belong to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). The results were announced on Tuesday. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) had fielded nine women...
Friday, February 07, 2020
Delhi Assembly Election 2020: 132 centenarian voters, 110-year-woman oldest electorate
More than 130 centenarian voters are eligible to exercise their franchise in the February 8 election and they will be treated “as a VIP” on the polling day, officials said on Thursday. Earlier, the Delhi Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) office had...

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