Promoting greater women’s participation in governance

  • Amount funded: £90,000
  • Year: 2016
  • Duration: 36 months
  • Locations: India
Issue

Stronger recognition of women's issues in India is required through increased representation in national and state governance.

Project partners
Centre for Social Research
Women Power Connect
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How are we helping

Supporting CSP's project to advocate for more women in political leadership, and raise public awareness of the need for women's involvement in politics.

About the project

Stronger recognition of women’s issues in policy is required through increased representation in national and state governance. The experience in India shows that women elected in local government have played a key role in addressing critical issues affecting them and their broader communities, such as education, water management, health and domestic violence. The Women’s Reservation Bill, which was passed by the Upper House of Parliament in March 2010, is yet to be enshrined in law.

Centre for Social Research is generating public and governmental support around greater representation and participation of women in national and state governance structures in India.

The project is advocating for the passage of the Women’s Reservation Bill, which seeks to reserve 33 per cent of seats in parliament and state legislative assemblies for women. Women’s representation in national and state governance will promote greater equality in politics and support stronger representation of women’s issues in policy.

The project is engaging members of parliament and advocating with political parties to promote more opportunities for women in leadership structures. This is being achieved using direct engagement with officials, media campaigns and mobilising citizens to raise public awareness. It is hoped that by forming a block of parliamentarians committed to voting and advocating in favour of the bill in the Lower House, it will be tabled and passed before the project comes to a close. The project is fostering greater awareness and appreciation of women’s involvement in politics.

Endorsed project title: Promoting greater representation and participation of women in national and state governance structures in India

Project Partners
Centre for Social Research

Centre for Social Research (CSP) aims to empower the women and girls of India, guarantee their fundamental rights, and increase understanding of social issues from a gender perspective. CSR has a long history of engagement with policy makers on issues affecting women. And during the project will be leading the 33 per cent Coalition and facilitate a joint advocacy strategy in partnership with Women Power Connect (WPC). WPC promotes effective implementation of gender friendly legislation and the active participation of women in policy outcomes. It is the largest advocacy body for women in India, with a membership of over 1600 individuals and women organisations across 28 states.

Women Power Connect

WPC attempts to bring together diverse voices and concerns on one platform and give due recognition to genuine concerns over women's empowerment issues.

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