People's Democracy

(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)


Vol. XXXIII

No. 13

April 05, 2009

 


WOMEN’S CHARTER FOR THE 15TH LOK SABHA ELECTIONS – 2009


TOWARDS A GOVT THAT WILL SAFEGUARD WOMEN’S INTERESTS




The women’s charter for the 15th lok sabha elections – 2009

was released by eleven women’s organisations - All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA), National Federation Of Indian Women (NFIW), Joint Women’s Programme (JWP) Guild Of Service (GOS), Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) , Muslim Women’s Forum (MWF), Council Of Catholic Women Of India (CCWI), All India Dalit Mahila Adhikar Manch (AIDMAM), Nirmala Niketan Caritas India And Centre For Women’s Development Studies (CWDS). The following is the text of the charter


Preamble


We, the women of India consider the forthcoming elections to the 15th Lok Sabha (2009) a crucial battle, the outcome of which will greatly impact on women’s struggles for equality and progress. On behalf of crores of women from diverse sections of society from rural and urban areas, across the length and breadth of our country, we draw public attention to the issues that have affected women in recent times. We appeal to all political parties and forces to ensure that the concerns highlighted here become part of the mainstream political agenda in the forthcoming elections and in government policy.

To add salt to our wounds the government hurriedly announced a Mission for Women’s Empowerment on the last day of the last parliament session. This type of tokenism is unacceptable.


It is time for women to push for alternative policies that will effectively deal with the agrarian crisis and the recession, a polity that will protect the secular multicultural heritage of our country, for a government which is conscious of the need to protect the rights of the economically and socially oppressed sections and that will work for their upliftment, a government that will recognise the rights of women and will work towards gender equality and justice.

On behalf of the undersigned women’s organisations, we call upon all political parties national, and regional, to include our following demands in their election manifesto for the 15th Lok Sabha elections. We will conduct a widespread campaign amongst the electorate on the basis of the women’s charter.


THE WOMEN’S CHARTER

Economy:

Social


Legal:


Others: