Despite 49 percent of the state’s population in Mizoram, the state assembly does not even have a single woman candidate. This figure is about the size of the assembly that took place a year ago. Not because women did not contest, but they were not elected. There were 8 participants in the competition. More than twice as many as 2013. But not a single lady was elected. Mizoram is not alone in this, nor in legislatures of Nagaland and Puducherry have a woman representative.
The question is how the Parliament will differ if the state legislatures are so. After the 2014 elections, the Lok Sabha witnessed only 66 women members. 12.6 percent of the 524 seats. The world average of the year is 24.3 percent. Twice the rate of women’s representation in India. Women’s representation in the country’s population is 48.5 percent while the proportion of women in legislatures is only 12.6 percent. If we examine the statistics of 1992, we can see that for every 80 lakh women there were only a single women MP. Even after 24 years, In 2014 the situation hasn’t changed much, in 2014 it was only one woman MP for 90 lakhs.
“India spend”Report on Women’s Representation has shocking accounts of the country’s backwardness in gender equality. While taking the reports of 193 countries, India is not even the first 100 for women’s representation in governance. Our country is in the 149th position. What’s surprising is that countries like Pakistan are better than India. Bangladesh, Afghanistan and other countries are also in better positions. You may be eager to know which country is first in representing women in their governor bodies. It is Rwanda – An African country. Of the 80 members of the Rwandan House, 49 are women. Rwanda is followed by African countries like Namibia and South Africa. India can be comforted by the fact that not even an Asian country is there in the first ten. Even when the country is preparing for Lok Sabha polls, it is behind in women’s representation. That means we can’t expect a better chance in recent years. There should be a positive change in the country. When the 33 percent women’s reservation still remains a promise, only the Biju Janata Dal in Odisha has made this promise a reality. Trinamool Congress, which lead by the firepower of Mamata Banerjee, showed an example by including 41 percent women in the list.