Why women are the game-changers in local governments

News 25.08.2022

After the tremendous surge of participation by Indian women in the freedom movement, it was after the 73rd Constitution Amendment in 1992 that women returned into the local political sphere in large numbers. The 73rd Amendment provided for a minimum of 33% reservation for women in local governments. In a remarkable affirmation of women’s role in local democracy, many States have over the years increased this to 50%. Furthermore, reservations for the post of president and vice president of panchayats have also made it possible for women to take on leadership roles. Today, over a million women across India are elected members of around 2.6 lakh gram panchayats in the country. (Read More)


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