Pass women's quota bill in winter session of Parliament: activists

Pass women's quota bill in winter session of Parliament: activists

Prominent women's rights activists on Wednesday made a strong demand for passing the long pending Women's Reservation Bill during the winter session of Parliament.

Addressing a press conference here, the activists urged the BJP government to pass the Bill granting 33% reservation for women in state legislatures and Parliament and fulfill the promise made in their election manifesto.

"There is no question of lack of consensus among political parties for the passage of the Bill...We face a now or never situation, and the government should lead by example," Ranjana Kumari, Director, Centre for Social Research, said here.

According to The National Alliance for Women's Reservation Bill, a network of more than 1,600 women's organisations, the BJP  enjoyed a  majority of 366 seats in the 543-member Lok Sabha, which was enough to pass the Bill.

The activists have already petitioned President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Union ministers Sushma Swaraj, Nitin Gadkari, Suresh Prabhu, Prakash Javadekar and several members of Parliament.

AAP MLA Alka Lamba, Jyotsna Chatterjee, president, Joint Women's Programme, Annie Raja, general secretary, National Federation for Indian Women, Sara Pilot, chairperson, CEQUIN, Asha Devi, chairperson, Nirbhaya Jyoti Trust, and representatives of Women's Power Connect, Oxfam, YWCA and other organisations were also present.

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