Women's Day: Bengaluru demands equal share of Lok Sabha seats
Mar 8, 2019, 3:10 PM IST
Bengaluru: Despite their hectic schedule, hundreds of women thronged Freedom Park, Bengaluru. They all had only one thing on their mind. And that was to send across a message to the Election Commission: EC, make it 'easy'!
Armed with placards and a will to ring in a chance, these women stressed on the fact that the Indian Parliament has gross underrepresentation of women. They said that there is a dire need to recognise the latent power in women and give them equal footing.
Today, we have women running companies, shaping the future of the nation. But politically, the male-dominated world has always had the upper hand, they said. This is what these women want to demolish to establish a fair playing ground.
Presently, only 8% of representation is given to women!
Aptly describing the present situation in the Parliament with the word 'manliament', these desiring harbingers of change hope to see a change in the script.
This event was concurrently held in other cities of the country.
Speaking to MyNation, Women and Child Rights activist, Brinda Adige who was at Freedom Park, said that they demand the Election Commission to include a clause for 50% tickets for women.
“Rather than just focusing on the steel flyovers and other things, they must also focus on environment, education and gender equality that are of concern,” expressed Brinda Adige.
Addressing the issue of political parties’ claim of not being able to find women candidates, Brinda Adige said, “This is a blatant lie and stems from the fact that the men simply do not want to let go of control.”
MyNation also questioned Adige about the TRS MLA who had said, “women are at home,” upon being questioned about why there weren’t any women in his Telangana Cabinet. Brinda Adige stated that there was no need to fight such statements but understand that they are able to do what they do and their homes are managed better because of the presence of a woman.
“On the same lines, if women are in the Parliament, it would be better for the country,” added Adige.
Brinda Adige concluded that women are not only talented but are also compassionate and nurturing. “The idea is not to take away from men, but to work towards having a peaceful and nurturing environment,” stated Adige.