India Takes Historic Step Towards Gender Equality: Women's Reservation Bill Presented in Parliament

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Tuesday, September 19, 2023
India Takes Historic Step Towards Gender Equality: Women's Reservation Bill Presented in Parliament
Nari Shakti Vandan Adhiniyam' Aims to Reserve 33% of Seats in Lok Sabha and State Assemblies for Women

In a momentous move aimed at advancing gender equality in Indian politics, Union Law Minister Arjun Ram Meghwal presented the long-awaited Women's Reservation Bill, titled 'Nari Shakti Vandan Adhiniyam,' on September 19. This groundbreaking legislation seeks to reserve 33 percent of seats in the Lok Sabha and all state legislative assemblies for women.

The Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty Eighth Amendment) Bill, 2023, found its place on the agenda for introduction in the Lok Sabha through a supplementary list of business, marking a significant step toward achieving greater gender representation in India's highest legislative bodies.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, addressing the house on this historic occasion, highlighted the bill's overarching goal of expanding women's participation in the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha. He recounted the bill's journey through Indian politics, acknowledging that discussions on the Women's Reservation Bill date back a considerable time. "During Atal Bihari Vajpayee's regime, the Women's Reservation Bill was introduced several times, but there was not enough majority to pass the Bill, and because of this, the dream remained incomplete."

Prime Minister Modi expressed gratitude for the opportunity to move this critical initiative forward, stating, "Today, God has given me the opportunity to take this forward. Our government is bringing a new Bill today on women's participation in both houses."

The presentation of the Women's Reservation Bill comes in response to persistent demands from opposition parties, who have been urging the government to take decisive action on this matter. On the previous Sunday, the Congress Party passed a resolution during its Hyderabad Congress Working Committee meeting, emphasizing the importance of addressing the issue of women's representation in politics.

This historic legislation marks a significant stride towards empowering women and enhancing their influence in the political landscape of India. If passed, it will not only amplify the voices of women but also foster a more inclusive and representative democracy, aligning with the nation's commitment to gender equality and women's empowerment.