Calling violence against women a manifestation of inequality, representatives from the five southern states of India stressed upon the need to have higher representation of women in various sectors.
After 15 years, the Centre has unveiled the draft national policy for women 2016, which aims to empower women in fields such as education, healthcare and economy, among others. In a consultation meet held on Wednesday, representatives from Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Karnataka, Telangana and Tamil Nadu put forth suggestions and recommendations on the draft policy. The policy is expected to be finalised by July-end once stakeholders from all regions submit their suggestions.
Strong views were raised by many on the poor representation of women in state assemblies and Parliament. According to reports, there are only 62 women MLAs in the five southern states. Representatives were unanimous in demanding 33 per cent reservation for women in the assemblies and Parliament.