The Way Forward for the Women's Reservation Bill

Ankita Phalle
14 July 2020

The third session of the She Runs Government Dialogues: Women’s Reservation Bill titled ‘The Way Forward’ was held on 12th July 2020. In this panel discussion, the panellists talked about how progress with this Bill can be achieved in the near future. The need for ‘women empowerment’ was repeatedly highlighted. After its introduction in 1996, the Women’s Reservation Bill had to battle its way through the Rajya Sabha in 2010 and still did not see the light of the day in Lok Sabha. The Bill has now lapsed and the process towards passing it needs to start afresh.

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Gender Quotas Around the World at the She Runs Government Dialogues

Samiksha Shubhadarshinee
13 July 2020

The second session of She Runs Government Dialogues: Women’s Reservation Bill was called The World Around and was held on 11th July, 2020.  It brought women politicians from four different countries together to discuss how gender quotas function around the world, their efficacy, and the challenges that exist. The discussion was powered by Vital Voices. The media partner of the event was The Quint.

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History of the Women's Reservation Bill at the She Runs Government Dialogues

Saloni Bhardwaj
13 July 2020

Femme First Foundation held its second edition of the She Runs Government dialogues, as a series of webinars in partnership with The Quint. Focused on the historic Women’s Reservation Bill, it consisted of 3 separate panel discussions delving deep into gender quotas. In the first panel discussion titled “The Journey so far”, the panelists shared their lived experiences of advocating for women’s reservation in the Indian parliament. 

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She Runs Government Dialogues Launch Event

Annapoorna Nair
21 May 2020

Femme First Foundation launched its first She Runs Government dialogues, a platform to encourage women’s participation in politics, in New Delhi on 5th December 2019. It brought women from different political parties together to discuss myriad ramifications of systemic patriarchy, embedded within Indian politics and society. The event spearheaded an effort, to normalize political discourses inclusive of women, to question misogyny, and to forge resilient solidarity.

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Why the need for Femme First Foundation in today's India?

Angellica Aribam
18 April 2020

Seven years ago, I was chairing a district-level meeting of the officials of the NSUI, the students’ wing of the Indian National Congress, in a small town in India. It was my first assignment after I was inducted as a National Secretary of the organization. As the meeting proceeded, two things struck me. One was the marginal number of women in the room – just two women officials out of the 21 people in the room. Secondly, the silence of the women throughout the course of the meeting. I observed them intently. Then, as we were breaking for tea, the male officials asked the women to serve tea and snacks. I was in shock, that the women who were their own peers, were expected to serve them.

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Indian politics needs a sisterhood

Angellica Aribam
18 April 2020

Jacinda Ardern has recently been named as the world’s second best leader by Fortune Magazine. The Prime Minister of New Zealand won global admiration for the dignified manner in which she led her country after the Christchurch Mosque terror attack on 15th March 2019, the worst in the country’s history. Her response which was empathetic with a resolute determination, a combination that is rarely seen together, sent a powerful message against sectarianism.

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The history of gender quotas in India

Angellica Aribam
18 April 2020

In 1995, at the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women held in Beijing, the then First Lady Hillary Clinton gave the slogan: “Women’s rights are human rights,” she insisted it in front of an audience of world leaders.

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Voluntary party quotas are mere optics

Angellica Aribam
18 April 2020

Political parties have once again promised to pass the Women’s Reservation Bill in their manifestos. However, with the release of each party’s candidates’ list, one can’t help but notice the lack of women candidates fielded by the national parties. As of April 3, 2019, the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party have given tickets to women on 13.7 per cent and 12 per cent seats respectively. Notably, regional parties outdid these national parties, with Trinamool Congress fielding women in more than 40 per cent seats and the Biju Janata Dal followed close with 33.3 per cent seats for women.

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