Bringing More Women's Voices Into Politics

Bringing More Women's Voices Into Politics Sat, 08 Mar 2014

Bringing More Women's Voices Into Politics

 '€œWhen women, whom we all call abala becomes sabala, all those who are helpless will become powerful.'€  Mahatma Gandhi believed in the pivotal role of women in forging a new future for our country.

Since then, we have stood for the rights of women. We fought for a 33% quota for women in local self government. We stand with women in politics.

We also stand with women on education, health and legal rights. Under Congress, we have increased women'€™s literacy to over 65%.  We have invested in women'€™s health and brought the maternal mortality rate by almost 10%.

But in addition to education and health, we know that women'€™s security is one of the biggest issues facing our society today.
 We have passed bills such as the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act and the Maternity Benefit Act.

We stand with the thousands who have campaigned for a zero tolerance policy on rape. 
With your support we have worked hard to pass legislation that will begin to create a change passing the landmark Anti-Rape Law and the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace Act in 2013.

We have worked hard and come a long way. But we know there is much more to do. We want to aim for half of our cabinet ministers to be women.

Together we can fight for a 33% quota for women in all state assemblies and in India'€™s parliament. Let'€™s work together to make women'€™s voices '€“ those of our mothers, wives, daughters and sisters a part of every debate.

We will continue to Stand with Women.

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