National Women’s Party launched in Mumbai

The National Women’s Party (NWP), which has been formed with the motto of women empowerment, was launched in Mumbai, Maharashtra on January 21, 2019.

The party has been founded by Dr. Swetha Shetty, a medical practitioner-cum- activist from Hyderabad, who would also serve as its President. Announcing its formation, Shetty said that apart from ensuring empowerment of women, issues like getting 50 percent reservation for women in the parliament and state assemblies and the betterment of soldiers and farmers, would be among their top priorities.

Key Highlights

1. The National Women’s Party would be contesting in 283 Lok Sabha seats, which is half of the total number of seats, in the upcoming Lok Sabha Elections.
2. The party aims to succeed in its mission to guarantee equal representation in Parliament.
3. The key objective behind the formation of the party is to remove gender disparity in politics.
4. The process to shortlist the women candidates is currently underway.
5. Besides this, the party also plans to open Youth Parliament (political schools for women) in every state for imparting practical and academic training for them.

The battle to get the reservation for women in parliament and assemblies has been going on inconclusively for the last 20 years. The Women’s Reservation Bill or The Constitution (108th Amendment) Bill, 2008, is a lapsed bill in the Indian Parliament.

The seats were proposed to be reserved in the rotation and would have been determined by draw of lots in such a way that a seat would be reserved only once in three consecutive general elections. Though the Rajya Sabha passed the bill on March 9, 2010, the Lok Sabha never voted on the bill. The bill lapsed after the dissolution of the 15th Lok Sabha in 2014.

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