PATNA: Members of Women's Political Forum on Monday discussed how to ensure their increased participation in politics in order to have more say in policy matters.
Deliberating over gender parity and women empowerment, the state members of Women's Political Forum at a meeting held at Bihar Industries Association (BIA) decided to prepare a blueprint in this regard and to send it to CM Nitish Kumar for consideration and implementation. Their discussion was focused on how women are often considered inferior to men in politics, which is still a male-dominated field.
Transgender activist Reshma Prasad said if Indian society considers women equal to men, the women reservation bill should be passed by Parliament. She also demanded 50% reservation for women instead of 33% proposed in the bill.
The meeting referred to the Inter-parliamentary Union list published on January 1 this year. The data of 193 countries have been compiled in the list in terms of women representation in legislature. India is ranked 148th as only 11.8% wom