Empowerment of women, the need of the hour
Women are active in all walks of life and equally able to deal with the stress of office work as well as family responsibilities, but there is no end to criticism, harassment and abuse of a woman. With NCHRO demanding 50 percent reservations for women in upcoming Assembly polls, STHRIGDHARA NAIK finds out what steps need to be taken to empower women
We live in a society that talks a lot about giving women equal opportunities in all fields, but fails to make the concept work in reality. Today’s woman is considered to be active in all walks of life and is also able to deal with the stress of office work as well as family responsibilities, but unfortunately there is no end to criticism, harassment and to the abuses that a woman faces at every stage of her life.
Regardless of the various reservations made by the law to help her create her own identity, viewing her in a dominant male secondary position always negates women’s strategic choices. Instead of trying to change the mindset of a narrow-minded society, the âNational Commission for the Organization of Human Rights (NCHRO)â has taken a step forward to empower women in the field. policy by requiring a 50% reservation for women candidates in the next Assembly elections. Team Herald spoke to women wing leaders from various nationally recognized political parties and a few others to get their perspective on this.
âThe main intention behind the reservation request for women is to achieve social transformation, political stability and economic growth,â said Adv Seuola Vaz, legal expert and member of the women’s empowerment cell. âWhen we talk about empowering women, we need to focus on training women leaders. The NCHRO central committee has drafted a memorandum the essence of which is to introduce a minimum number of women legislators into state assemblies to help develop and draft women-centered bills, legislate on women’s issues, build model women leaders and legislators, inspire young women through opportunities and reserves and to undertake village-level women’s empowerment programs. Through this memorandum, we will approach and ask political parties to identify competent women within the party and distribute tickets to those who are able, Vaz said.
âThe bill calling for a 33 percent reserve for women in parliament and state legislatures has been waiting for a nod for 25 long years; the Bill went to eat dust somewhere in the corner of the office, âArc said. Royala Fernandes, former Benaulim sarpanch and member of the women’s empowerment cell. âDesigning the back-up bill, blindly attending the women’s empowerment session is useless until the call to action is made. With the 2022 Assembly election fast approaching, we will visit all the leaders of the political parties and submit the memorandum. With women having equal opportunities to debate various issues, the state will gain a much needed balanced atmosphere with diverse viewpoints within the legislature, âFernandes added.
“I am always in favor of reserving women,” said AAP leader Pratima Coutinho. âAs a social worker, we have always requested the reservation for women. If we look at the current political scenario, either the wife, daughter, or relative of a political leader is running for office. Ordinary women who also hold the right to challenge and be a leader never get the chance to challenge because rather than judging on their skills, women are judged on their family background or seen as weak and see themselves refuse basic democratic rights. Such organizations are therefore required to work for a good cause and I fully support them, âCoutinho said.
Former Goa Women Forward Chairperson and current GF Party Vice Chair Ashma Sayed said that unlike others, the Goa Forward Party has gone out of its way to empower women. “In the MMC elections which took place last year, four women candidates had the opportunity to stand for election, three of whom won and are now in power,” she added.
âThe BJP does not believe in reserving for women,â said Bharatiya President Janata Mahila Morcha, Dr Sheetal Naik. “The BJP rewards people on merit, whether they are men or women,” she said. âThere are a lot of women ministers in the Union cabinet and parliamentarians. The BJP also has a significant number of women on the national executive committee. All of them got away by working hard and creating their image by doing social work and without any reservations, âNaik said.
âI believe that Goan women have carte blanche to choose whatever field they want and are not judged by society unlike other states and so hard work is enough to prove their ability and not any kind of reserve, âNaik added.