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Quotas for women to reduce Gender Discrimination and to help them advance in Leadership Positions

The government is also committed to 33 per cent reservation in Parliamentary and State assemblies for women through a Constitutional amendment

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New Delhi, Jan 13, 2017: In an attempt to reduce gender discrimination Union Minister Anupriya Patel today favoured establishing quotas for women. This will help them compete in mixed-gender environments and advance in leadership roles. This step is taken keeping in mind that companies and public offices with women at senior positions tend to do better.

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While mentioning the other details she also said that the government is also committed to 33 per cent reservation in Parliamentary and State assemblies for women through a Constitutional amendment.

The Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare said here at an Assocham event that “Research has shown that companies perform better during economic turbulence when they have women on their boards, and communities with women in public offices have greater investment in public goods.”

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Patel said that one of the effective ways to help women advance in leadership positions and enhance their decision-making role “could be establishing quotas,” although she did not specify the areas for establishing the quotas to women.

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This can increase “women’s willingness to compete in competitive mixed-gender environments resulting in more qualified candidates, men and women alike, applying for competitive positions,” said Patel, who herself is an SRCC (Shri Ram College of Commerce) Graduate from Delhi University.

“Also, modelling female leadership can go a long way,” she added while addressing the BIMSTEC-SAARC Women’s Economic Forum organised by Assocham.

In order to build a stronger economic life across all sectors and achieve internationally agreed goals for development and sustainability, Patel has favoured this decision for empowering women.

 – prepared by Saptaparni Goon of NewsGram. Twitter: @saptaparni_goon

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