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Women''s Manifesto by rights groups for Assam assembly polls

Women''s Manifesto by rights groups for Assam assembly polls
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Guwahati, Mar 18 (PTI) Increased reservation for women

in elected bodies, adequate security for them to earn their

livelihoods, equitable economic participation, better health

and education facilities are among the major highlights that

women rights groups in Assam have demanded from political

parties contesting the assembly election.

The ''Womens Manifesto-2021'', prepared by five

organizations working in the field of gender equality have put

forward their demands to political parties and contesting

candidates so that they recognise the issues faced by women

and include these in their plan and promises during

campaigning and include them in the list once elected, North

East Network (NEN) State Coordinator Anurita Pathak Hazarika

said.

"The manifesto is a collective process through which

women from various backgrounds and social groups have come

together to draw attention to the gaps that exist in attaining

gender equality and development in Assam", she said.

The manifesto has been prepared by NEN, Purba Bharati

Educational Trust (PBET), Women in Governance (WinG), Women''s

Leadership Training Centre (WLTC) and Xobdo, Assam.

The priority of the elected representatives must be to

ensure that the Women Reservation Bill is passed immediately

and 33 per cent reservation for women candidates in the

legislative assembly and Parliament was assured, WITC''s

Banamallika Choudhury said.

The manifesto also urged appropriate representation

and participation of women at the decision making level in

local governing bodies/councils, public committees, to

facilitate regular Mahila Gram Sabhas so that women can voice

their concerns and women representatives highlight their

issues.

The women''s groups have also called for 50 per cent

reservation of seats for women in district autonomous

councils, ten per cent reservation for LBTQIA+ community in

the political parties, special provision for representation of

women with disability in political parties .

A state policy for women''s safety and protection with

adequate budgetary allocation and to establish womens safety

committees at all levels with equal representation of all

genders must be formulated and the government must notify all

shelter homes in the state as service providers according to

the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, PBED''s

Bondita Acharya said.

The women''s groups have also called for implementation

of the Supreme Court guidelines in Assam to strictly monitor,

regulate the sale of acid and formulate state rules to

effectively implement The Assam Witch Hunting (Prohibition,

Prevention and Protection) Act, 2018, establish and activate

fast track courts for easy and affordable access to justice by

aggrieved women.

The groups have also demanded that non-political,

professional women with experiences on women''s issues should

head regulatory bodies such as the State Commissions for

Women, State Social Welfare Advisory Board, State Police

Accountability Commission and others.

All political parties must ensure qualitative

improvement in the health services through strengthening of

physical facilities like provision of essential equipment,

supply of essential drugs and consumables, infrastructure and

staff availability, most importantly at the primary and

secondary levels in far flung areas, Xobdo''s Arpana Choudhury

said.

The groups also called for immediate and effective

implementation of the ''Guidelines and Protocols Medico Legal

Care for Survivors/Victims of Sexual Violence'' by the Ministry

of Health and Family Welfare for comprehensive health care

response while dealing with persons from vulnerable groups

such as persons with disabilities, sex workers, LBTQIA+

persons, children, etc.

Regarding economic empowerment and livelihood for

women, groups have called upon political parties to ensure

equal wages for women and men through strict implementation of

the Equal Remuneration Act, 1976 and the Code on Wages, 2019

which mandate equal wage and prohibit discriminatory wages

based on gender, Choudhury said.

They also urged the elected representatives to

initiate women''s land ownership drive to build awareness and

incentives to women and households with women land owners and

provide more opportunities for women with land to take loans,

grants and participate in agri-entrepreneurship programmes.

The women''s manifesto also urged MLAs to look at the

vulnerabilities of abused, deserted and single women and

provide them with benefits under the Rural Housing Programme.

The peoples representatives must also increase

investment in gender-transformatic education methods, prepare

a financial roadmap for implementation of the RTE Act and the

National Education Policy, establishment of systems to monitor

girls'' re-enrolment as mandated by the NEP, and include gender

equality chapter in curriculum from school to university

levels, Acharya said. PTI DG

RG RG


Disclaimer :- This story has not been edited by Outlook staff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds. Source: PTI

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