Women and political participation in India
Lessons learned from the 2019 elections
This election has been fought on a lot of abuse and venom on the part of political leaders and politicians, making one wonder about ‘the people’ and who they are, how they respond to such abuse in their decision when choosing political leaders, argues Urvashi Butalia. So when looking at women in the 2019 elections, what pictures and patterns emerge about their voting behaviour, their ideas and choices of political leadership, women candidates fielded by political parties and the attitude of political parties towards women as candidates, voters and political leaders? Are the 2019 elections different from previous elections or what does a look into the history of elections in India and women’s behaviour tell us? What does it mean for women’s political participation and activisms in the future?
For over twenty years, Urvashi Butalia taught at Delhi University and is currently visiting professor at Ashoka University. In 1984, together with Ritu Menon, she founded the first feminist publishing house in India, Kali for Women.
In 2003 she set up Zubaan, which is today the leading publisher of women’s writing in India. For over forty years, she has worked to give marginalized social groups, in particular minorities and women, a voice and has been vocal as a feminist activist, advocating for legal reforms dealing with dowry, marriage, sexual violence and sexual harassment at the workplace.
The open discussion is a joint event organized by the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung and Humboldt University.
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Monday, June 17 18.00
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