Graph showing missing women in the world. Photo credit: State of the world Population report, 2020, UNFPA
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India’s Missing Women Remain A Global Concern

Only 810 girl children are born per 1000 boys in urban Uttarakhand. In rural areas, the state recorded a comparably higher sex ratio at birth (female births per 1000 male births) of 851.Overall, the Northern hill state of India showed the lowest sex ratio at birth at 840 females per 1000 males according to the latest data (2018) from the Sample Registration System (SRS), released by the Office of the Registrar General & Census Commissioner, in August 2019.While rural parts of the state showed an improvement of two points, there was a slip of six points per 1000 in urban

Women MPs in the Lok Sabha. (From left to right) Remya Haridas (Kerala), Jothimani Sennimalai (Tamil Nadu), G.Madhavi (Andhra Pradesh) Photo credit: Annapurna Verma
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Women Continue To Be Underrepresented in India’s Parliament

Women’s political participation remains abysmally low in the Lok Sabha- the directly elected House of the Parliament as well as state legislative assemblies. The current Lok Sabha has 14% women members of parliament-the highest ever proportion of women elected since 1951, when the first elections were held in independent India.59 years after the first Lok Sabha elections, half the population is  still systemically excluded from political participation, representation and decision-making.  What do the numbers tell us about women’s representation in Lok Sabha over the years?Increase in Women MPs since the first Lok SabhaThe first Lok Sabha in 1951 had 22

Caption: Women MLAs in the outgoing Delhi Vidhan Sabha. Clockwise: Alka Lamba, Parmila Tokas, Bandana Kumari, Bhavna Gaur, Rakhi Birla, Sarita Singh, (Image Courtesy: Deccan Herald)
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Women Continue To Be Underrepresented in Delhi Assembly

Delhi Vidhan Sabha, the elected body of the National Capital Territory of Delhi, has a dismal representation of women. Only 9% of the elected MLAs in the outgoing Vidhan Sabha were women. However, women contestants have increased by 17% in the upcoming elections from the last elections in 2015. While the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the Indian National Congress (INC) have increased the share of tickets given to women, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has given fewer tickets to women since the last elections.As Delhi votes to elect its next Vidhan Sabha, BehanBox analyses data to construct a history

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Women Resist Against India’s Citizenship Laws

‘Jamia ki ladkiyon ne raasta dikhaya hai, toh Jamia ki ladkiyon ko Inqualab Zindabad’ [ Jamia’s women have shown us the way, so revolutionary greetings to women of Jamia], This prominent protest slogan speaks volumes about the leadership of women- especially Muslim women- in India’s resistance against the discriminatory citizenship measures passed by the government of India- the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and the National Population Register (NPR). Since December 15th when anti CAA-NRC resistance began, women have led 426 protests in India.These include :87 Women led protest Marches 119    Women led protest Rallies 229   Women

Rights activist Munni Hansda contesting from Shikaripara constituency on her campaign trail during the Jharkhand 2019 elections. Image courtesy: Munni Hansda
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Women’s Political Participation Sees A Steady Increase In Jharkhand

Women’s political representation in Jharkhand has seen a constant upward surge since the state came into existence in 2000. The proportion of women Members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs) in the state’s Vidhan Sabha ( State Legislature) doubled from 5% in 2000 to 10% in 2014. The number of women contesting in the state’s Vidhan Sabha seen a 50% rise since the state’s formation. More Adivasi women are getting elected to the Vidhan Sabha. 75% of women MLAs in Jharkhand are from the Adivasi community- a significant increase from 33% in the early years of the state’s formation.Jharkhand, the mineral rich

Zahida Khan, first woman MLA from the Meo community in Haryana. Image courtesy: Janta ka Reporter
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Haryana’s Women Carve a Larger Role in The State’s Politics

In Haryana, a state with a skewed sex ratio (913 girls to 1000 boys, an improvement from 830 girls in 2011), there is one gender indicator has been on a rise- women’s political representation. 14% of Members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs) in Haryana’s just dissolved legislature were women- the highest in India along with West Bengal and Chhattisgarh. 31% of women MLAs were from the Scheduled Castes. The number of women contestants in Haryana’s Vidhan Sabha elections has risen by 136% between 2000-2014. Women candidates from the Scheduled castes has increased by 158% in the same period. As Haryana goes to

Satyavathi Rathod (Right) and Sabitha Indra Reddy (Left), first women ministers in Telangana appointed recently. (Image courtesy: The Wire)
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Women Hold Fewer Ministerial Positions In State Governments

Telangana, the newest state in Southern India, finally has women ministers in the state’s council of ministers for the first time in its history. In a recent cabinet expansion, Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao (KCR as he is popularly known)  inducted P Sabitha Indra Reddy and Satyavathi Rathod as Education and Women and Child Development Ministers respectively.In his first term soon after the state’s formation in 2014 and subsequently after his re-election in December 2018, KCR was criticised for appointing an all male cabinet. Despite women playing a pivotal role in the people’s movement for a separate Telangana state carved

Women MPs in the Lok Sabha. (From left to right) Remya Haridas (Kerala), Jothimani Sennimalai (Tamil Nadu), G.Madhavi (Andhra Pradesh) Photo credit: Annapurna Verma
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Women MPs Ask Most Questions In The Inaugural Budget Session in Lok Sabha

96% of women Members of Parliament (MPs) participated in a debate and 62% of women asked questions from different ministries in the Lok Sabha-the lower house- during the Budget session held between June 17 and August 7, 2019. In the Rajya Sabha-the upper house of the Parliament- 64% of women MPs asked questions, according to a BehanBox analysis of data from the Parliament proceedings.The Budget session was the first session of the newly constituted 17th Lok Sabha, where 78 women-14.3% of the total MPs- were elected after the General Elections in May 2019. In the Rajya Sabha, which met for

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In Bihar’s Political Realignment, Women Suffer

As a first-time member of the legislative assembly (MLA) in Bihar, Jyothi Devi, 46, did well over her five-year term: She had 10 bridges—some of which were demanded since independence—and 3,300 km of roads constructed in her constituency, Barachatti, including several link roads connecting villages to the Grand Trunk Road that cuts across Gaya district, where Barachatti is located.Jyothi Devi got the NGO that she runs to work with a British-government agency to survey poor homesteads and arranged for 900 families to get land titles. She has been a vocal participant in the legislative assembly, the Vidhan Sabha, asking more than 250 questions.