New Delhi: Noting that women’s participation in politics could bring about a revolutionary change in governance, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today said his government was committed to women’s reservation in state Assemblies and Parliament and was working for a broad consensus on the issue.
Inaugurating the second East Asia Gender Equality Ministerial Meeting, Singh said the election of more than a million women in the local bodies has brought about a significant shift in public policy and in social attitudes towards women.
“We are committed to providing similar representation to women in our state Assemblies and the Parliament. We are working for a broad consensus on this matter,” Singh said, holding out hope for the much-delayed Bill providing for 33 per cent reservation for women in the legislature.
“We firmly believe that the participation of a critical mass of women in politics at the highest level will bring about a revolutionary change in ensuring good governance,” he said.
Singh noted that the experience of other countries shows that greater participation of women in the process of governance does contribute to gender equality and women’s empowerment.
“Our Government seeks to impart a new sense of urgency to the task of ensuring gender equality in our society, in our polity, in our economic life and, above all, in our families and communities,” he said.