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Over the last 20 years, the number of women in parliament have doubled. However, as of June 2016, only 22.8 per cent of all national parliamentarians were women.1 It is essential to ensure that women are well represented in parliament. Gender diversity brings about important changes: Research on local governments in India revealed the number of drinking water projects in areas with women-led councils were 62% higher than that of men-led councils. In Norway, it was found that the presence of women in municipal councils showed a direct relationship with childcare coverage.2,3
Studies have found that women are more likely to concentrate on issues that matter more to women such as childcare, gender equality, reproductive rights, flexible working hours, elderly care and children’s welfare.4,5,6. Globally, women are also known to be less corrupt.7 Research shows that a higher proportion of women in government resulted in lower levels of corruption at both the national and local level.8 The advantages of women’s participation in governments are distinct. How then, can we ensure that women are well represented in parliament? I had the pleasure of speaking to Maheshmurti Leni Sahebrao Jadhav about it.
“…don’t be afraid of choosing a dream, don’t be afraid of being alone on the path, don’t be afraid of failures and don’t be afraid of appreciating other women…” Maheshmurti Leni Sahebrao Jadhav
In conversation with Maheshmurti Leni Sahebrao Jadhav on women’s role in politics and what can be done to enable women to take on positions of leadership and governance.