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AAP's Mahila Wing feels exploited during Delhi municipal elections. Should the potential of these women be undermined?

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– by Naina Mishra

March 5, 2017: AAP’s Mahila Wing feels exploited during Delhi municipal elections.

The buzz is that pay Rupees 2 Crore and collect the ticket.

It seems that degeneration of a value-based political party is on full pace. Now, the tickets even for MCD elections are on full scale. As this audio message in this video shows: “Arre madam, aap se na ho payega. 2 Crore is the asking price.”

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While the Delhi Municipal elections are coming round the corner, the atmosphere has begun to heat up with the discontentment of women in Mahila Wing of Aam Aadmi Party. AAP rooted itself as a volunteer based party but as the time fled; the quintessence of the party seems to have withered away. The so called PRO women party has failed to meet the self-proclaimed women empowerment agenda. Prior to the nominations of MCD election, the AAP’s Delhi convener Dilip Pandey announced that they will give tickets to grassroots volunteers only and forbid the dummy volunteers. He further declared 50 percent women reservation and of the 49 seats allotted to the female candidates, three will be from the unreserved category while the rest will be reserved for women. However, the promises claimed by AAP were only as good as an empty rhetoric and is thus fueling as the bone of contention among the women members of Mahila Wing.

The NewsGram reporter has spoken to several volunteers who had left no stone unturned to stand with AAP despite the adverse circumstances. These women are courageous and independent, all together they struggle hard to bring change to the nation. But how demeaning is the Aam Aadmi Party’s approach towards Mahila Wing workers has left the entire race of women at contemplation yet again.

What happened?

Grassroots volunteers have received the tickets by lowest of margins whereas the dummy candidates have marked their way through winning the tickets without even trying. These people have either joined AAP three months prior to the election or are somebody’s mother or wives. The entire picture of the sham is clear to the public now and the dignity of AAP has become questionable.

“I am in touch with the Aam Aadmi Party since 2011, at the time of Anna Hazare. My work is well recognized by Kejriwal Ji as well. I am a hard worker in this party and have sacrificed everything at the cost of the betterment of AAP. It hurts to see my family dissipated. Despite the abundant hard work I have not been given a post in Mahila Wing. I even begged in front of these people to at least grant me a post, but none of my woes are heard” said Archana -an AAP volunteer from Matiala Vidhan sabha.

She further added “Amrita Vashista, another co-worker is handicapped but has still worked hard yet did not receive any ticket. She truly deserved it.

“Before the nominations, a person cajoled me for bribery. Everything is pre-planned here, the candidate was not even declared yet and Mamta Soni wife of MLA Girish soni went with a candidate in ward 101 and declared her as a candidate for Maadipur. It is not only about me, it is about all the women who fought fearlessly over the span of time. The harsh truth is that we women have been used as props to outshine the protest, rallies, and banners. It’s ironical that on one hand AAP rants BJP for some reasons and overlook these reasons when it comes to them. How efficiently has the corruption been mitigated? For that the AAP probably may have to check its MLAs first of all”, said Abha Mittal of Maadipur Vidhan Sabha,AAP.

An anonymous source told Newsgram, “The party has done wrong, we have worked till 12 pm for the party and we also traveled across the country. It’s heartbreaking that Mahila Wing did not receive the ticket. Jitendrana was not a volunteer, in spite of which his wife won the ticket.”

Do we really know what women empowerment is?

Women empowerment is not just a vocal expression; it is more about giving women the power they deserve. There is more than the symbolic representation of women in texts or illustrations that we see. Women represent the face of the country, it is for this reason the subject cannot be ignored by any of the citizens because all these people that came forward for a cause to join politics and to bring change in the country were one amongst us. AAP has not only hurt the sentiments of the women working day and night for the party but has betrayed the nation as well.

Go to this link to know moreWomen Wing Feels Cheated by Aam Aadmi Party on Ticket Distribution (part 2)

– reporting by Naina Mishra of Newsgram, Twitter @Nainamishr94

 

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India Can Really Take An Ostrich Approach To The Condition Of Women?

A total of 548 global experts on women’s issues , 43 of them from India

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Can India Really Take An Ostrich Approach To The Condition Of Women?. Flickr

-By Deepa Gahlot

You read with a mixture of alarm and scepticism, the poll report by the London-based Thomson Reuters Foundation that India is the most dangerous country in the world for women, beating Afghanistan, Syria, Somalia, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan.

According to reports, a total of 548 global experts on women’s issues — 43 of them from India — were asked about risks faced by women in six areas: healthcare, access to economic resources and discrimination, customary practices, sexual violence, nonsexual violence, and human trafficking. And shockingly, India comes out as the worst!

We see women progressing in every field in India, but, there is also the increasing violence against women and young girls reported every day; not long ago, female tourists felt safe in India; but now, women travelling solo are constantly targeted. Everyday there are reports of the rapes and murders of minor girls, often accompanied by unimaginable torture and mutilation.

There has been outrage in India, and also holes punctured in the survey that has such a small number of respondents, but can we really take an ostrich approach to the condition of women? Even as education and healthcare improve for women — at least in metro cities — the contempt for women is socially and culturally ingrained in the Indian psyche. In a city like Mumbai considered progressive and relatively safe for women, the girl child is unwanted even by many educated and wealthy families. In spite of laws being in place, female foeticide and infanticide is rampant, to the extent that there are large territories where there are no girl children and brides for the men have to be ‘imported’ from other states.  As dowry murders and rapes rise, the more unwanted the girl child becomes.  The fact is that India’s gender ratio is deplorable.

And if the male child is valued over the girl child, he grows up believing that he is special and if he is thwarted in any way, he can resort to violence. In spite of education and exposure to progressive ideas, in the case of rape or sexual violence, the tendency to blame and shame the victim persists.

To give just one small example, in the West, accusations of sexual harassment resulted in united shunning of a man as powerful as Harvey Weinstein and many others in the wake of the #MeToo movement, that helped many women speak out about their experiences.

In India, Malayalam actor Dileep, who has been accused in the abduction and rape of an actress, and was boycotted by the Association of Malayalam Movie Artistes (AMMA), was recently reinstated. This caused shock and dismay among women in the film industry.

A statement by a group of over 150 women film practitioners says it like it is, “A body that is meant to represent artistes of the Malayalam movie industry showed complete disregard for its own member who is the victim of this gross crime. Even before the case has reached its conclusion, AMMA has chosen to validate a person accused of a very serious crime against a colleague. We condemn this cavalier attitude by artistes against women artistes who are working alongside them. There is misogyny and gender discrimination embedded in this action.

“We admired and supported the Women in Cinema Collective that was formed by women film artistes in Kerala in the aftermath of the abduction and molestation of a colleague, a top star in the industry. We applaud the WCC members who have walked out of AMMA to protest the chairman’s invitation to reinstate the accused. We pledge our continued support to the Women in Cinema Collective who are blazing a trail to battle sexism in the film industry.

“Cinema is an art form that can challenge deeply entrenched violence and discrimination in society. It is distressing to see an industry that stands amongst the best in the country and has even made a mark in world cinema choose to shy away from using their position and their medium responsibly at this important moment. Today, women form a significant part of the film and media industries, we reject any attempt at silencing us and making us invisible.”

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Indian women. VOA

The preference for male children has had some unexpected ramifications. In a working paper published by the American non-profit, National Bureau of Economic Research, by Northwestern University’s Seema Jayachandran and Harvard University’s Rohini Pande (quoted in Quartz Media), finds that stunting in Indian children could also be blamed on the cultural preference for sons.

“In India, on average, the first child — if he is a son — doesn’t suffer from stunting. But, if the first — and so the eldest — child of the family is a girl, she suffers from a height deficit. And, then, if the second child is a boy, and hence the eldest son of the family, he will not be stunted. This happens because of an unequal allocation of resources to the first child”.

According to the report, “When Jayachandran and Pande compared India and Africa results through this lens, they found that the Indian first and eldest son tends to be taller than an African firstborn. If the eldest child of the family is a girl, and a son is born next, the son will still be taller in India than Africa. For girls, however, the India-Africa height deficit is large. It is the largest for daughters with no older brothers, probably because repeated attempts to have a son takes a beating on the growth of the girls.”

Also read: Has Legal Framework Turned a Blind Eye towards Under-representation of Women in Indian Politics?

In spite of all the Beti Padhao, Beti Bachao rhetoric, the required shift in the male-centric attitude towards a more egalitarian one is simply not happening; or, it is a case of one step forward, two steps backward. The Thomson Reuters Foundation report may be unfair and skewed, but being known as the rape capital of the world does nothing to improve the image of India in the world or even in its own eyes. (IANS)