Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly organised India’s first National Women Parliament Conference at Amravati, the new capital of Andhra. The theme of the Conference was “Empowering Women-Strengthening Democracy”.
National Women Parliament | Objective
- The prime objective of National Women Parliament is to eradicate discrimination against women, to create equal opportunities to them and connect around 10,000 higher secondary school girls with eminent women personalities of India and overseas.
- The vision of this Parliament is to provide a politically neutral platform to women belonging to diverse backgrounds to share their knowledge and research in the area of social, economic and political empowerment of women.
- It is to make young girls realize their potential and to enable them to take leadership roles in all sectors of life while sensitizing the society about issues like malnutrition among women and children, sexual harassment and sanitation among others.
National Women Parliament | Highlights
- The National Women’s Parliament will declare Amravati Declaration for women empowerment in the country which will become a benchmark for all the states which have to implement those guidelines for women empowerment.
- Despite India being a vibrant and inclusive democracy, there exists a large gap between expectation and delivery. Women still do not have power to exercise their choice in life due to the patriarchal dominance in the society.
- National Women’s Parliament is a welcome step because it tries to address issues related to women through face to face discussions. If Amravati Declaration is adopted by states in future, women might be able to assert their rights to some extent.
National Women Parliament | Amravati Declaration
Amravati Declaration aspires to build the consensus over the following issues –
- A structured and vibrant network of women representatives and aspiring girl student leaders across the nation.
- Increased access of girl students to women leaders who have made their mark in various walks of life.
- Generation of new ideas, concepts, theories and ideologies pertaining to women empowerment.
- Helping to ignite and strengthening the sense of social responsibility among women of India.
- Documentation of the views of experts and experienced speakers on women empowerment which can be used for policy making process.
National Women Parliament | Conclusion
A favourable society and favourable political circumstances are important to a certain extent in order to make these steps being taken for women successful. A representation in Parliament does not assure that the glass ceiling will be broken. Women also have an onus upon themselves to exploit the opportunities they get at higher positions. A participatory governance which is inclusive of all sections of society needs both representation and societal transformation through participatory decision making at individual level itself.
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