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Thursday, January 23, 2020
Indian women lawmakers face abuse as global online violence rises
Nearly 100 Indian women politicians faced abuse, including rape and death threats, on social media during elections last year, with researchers on Thursday raising concerns over rising online violence against women globally. A study by Amnesty...
Friday, January 03, 2020
India: Dear parties, ignore women and urban voters, face NOTA
By Smruti Koppikar, Now that Maharashtra finally has a government, it’s worthwhile revisiting the election result to pick out a few trends that were lost in the din over government formation. Three trends among many in the electoral basket stand out...
Friday, May 24, 2019
India elects a record-breaking number of women to Parliament
Women will make up about 15% of the lower house of parliament — less than the global average. A record number of women are set to enter India's parliament after a marathon election that returned Prime Minister Narendra Modi to power, initial results...
Thursday, May 23, 2019
Indian elections 2019: women candidates to watch out for
The outcome of the world’s largest election is almost upon us – the counting of votes by 900m eligible voters begins on May 23. With more than 500 directly elected seats being contested in India’s lower house of parliament, the Lok Sabha, all eyes...
Friday, May 17, 2019
In India’s elections, female candidates still need men’s blessings
Swati Yadav had lost count of the number of village campaign stops she had made since her morning began — was it 27, or 28? She was doggedly stumping for a parliamentary seat through 100-degree temperatures in the northern Indian state of Haryana...
Friday, May 03, 2019
India elections: Will women voters be a game changer?
Although women have held powerful government positions in India, their political participation in the country has largely been curtailed by a male-dominated system. Will the ongoing general election bring about a change? Around 625 million women...
Friday, April 12, 2019
India: History’s biggest election has no place for women
History’s biggest elections are yet another proof that we live in a “man’s world.” Less than 8% of the total 1,271 candidates contesting the first phase of India’s general election are women. Polls to elect India’s new Lok Sabha (parliament’s lower...
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
In a first, two women are contesting Lok Sabha polls from Mizoram, Arunachal
Lalthlamauni or Jarjum Ete win or not, they have already made history by being the first women in the two states – which both have more women voters than men – to contest a Lok Sabha election. This April 11, when polling begins in Mizoram and...
Friday, February 15, 2019
India: National Women’s Party: ‘will contest 283 seats’
“Our candidates are mostly women who work in the NGO sector and have grassroots experience. There are many retired IAS officers who are joining our party. The candidates will depend on their own resources for campaigning,” Shetty said. Shweta Shetty...
Wednesday, January 30, 2019
India: Empowering effects of women in politics
By Rachel Brulé, Reservation for women in politics has positively impacted their inheritance rights as well as marriage negotiations. Quotas for women in government have swept the world as a revolutionary tool to further female political inclusion....
Thursday, December 27, 2018
India: Women voters will significantly impact the outcome of elections
“The gradual emergence of women as an electoral power is an encouraging development for Indian democracy,” say Kanta Singh and Vrinda Handa. The recently concluded elections for State Assemblies present similar trends witnessed earlier in terms of...
Monday, December 10, 2018
India: Enable more women politics first nonpartisan women's convention held in B'luru
The Indian Women’s Caucus had activists and politicians weighing in on what’s stopping women from entering and succeeding in politics. On Saturday, a number of women gathered at Cauvery Hall in Chalukya hotel in Bengaluru. The gathering was a unique...
Friday, November 16, 2018
India: Kavitha roots for women in politics
Member of Parliament K. Kavitha has pitched for passage of women’s reservation bill in the Parliament as a disruptive short-term solution to reduce male dominance in various sectors, including politics. Inheritance of political lineage, which has...
Friday, November 16, 2018
India: Long march for women
By Archana Datta, Gender equality has assumed importance in deliberations on sustainable development and human rights as the centuries-old gender gaps persist in various areas of life, including in the domain of governance and politics. Protagonists...
Friday, November 09, 2018
Indian women are voting more than ever. Will they change Indian society?
Are Indian women voting at higher rates than before? Women in India are casting their ballots more frequently, and in greater numbers. Women’s turnout has actually been higher than that of men in two-thirds of India’s state elections. This is a...
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
India’s sexual-assault crisis is what happens when few women are in power
India is the most dangerous country for sexual violence against women, according to the Thomson Reuters Foundation 2018 survey. The survey, which measures sexual and non-sexual violence, discrimination, cultural traditions, health care and human...
Monday, August 27, 2018
India: Want more women in politics, says Kamal
Actor and politician Kamal Haasan on Sunday encouraged more women to join politics. “I have seen women as resilient participants in many great revolutions and will encourage them to join politics. Whichever party you choose to join will only be...
Friday, July 20, 2018
India: Please support passage of bill on women's reservation in Parliament, Rahul Gandhi writes to PM Modi
Congress chief Rahul Gandhi has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging his support for the passage of the bill on women's reservation in Parliament, in the upcoming Monsoon Session, reported news agency ANI on Monday. Only 11.8% of members...

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