The Powerhouse of Politics

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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

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Maheshmurti Leni Sahebrao Jadhav is a 31-year young budding politician from India. She is a Law graduate from Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Maratwada University and was also the topper in Law of Jurisprudence and Administrative Law. Her passion to make a difference in peoples’ lives and her zeal to make her unique mark in the male dominated political world sparked her interest in politics. She is the ex-General Secretary of the National Students’ Union of India (NSUI). She was selected twice for the prestigious 44th and 46th St. Gallen Symposium in Switzerland as a Leader of Tomorrow. She was also selected to be part of the Student Leader delegation at the UK in 2016. Leni volunteers at a NGO “Stop Acid Attack” where she works for the acid attack survivors to be socially and financially empowered. Apart from politics Leni is an excellent dancer an avid cook and also fond of travelling. She believes in her dreams and taking all the right steps to turn them into reality.

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.

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