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National conference of Women Legislators inaugurated by the President

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President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday inaugurated the National conference of Women legislators at Vigyan Bhawan. Vice president Hamid Ansari and PM Narendra Modi were also present in the event.

President of India inaugurates first Conference of Women Legislators

Flash points

  • The conference, hosted by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra mahajan, is being attended by former President Pratibha Patil, Union ministersSushma Swaraj, Najma Heptullah  and Maneka Gandhi, Gujarat CM Anandiben Patel, former Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit, Congress president Sonia Gandhi, among others
  • Bangladesh Jatiyo Samshad Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury will chair a session of the 2 day conference
  • President having inaugurated the National conference expressed his concern over the 33% reservation for women in legislation
  • He told that despite proposing 33% reservation for women in parliament the current strength merely represents 12%
  • Vice president urged the political parties to support the bill which proposes to give 33% reservation to women in legislation
  • The bill though approved by the Upper house is still not passed in Lok Sabha due to opposition of some political parties
  • Hamid Ansari told that though 49 % of electorate constituted were Women only 17% of women represent the parliament in the Lok Sabha elections
  • He also told that though the representation at Panchayat levels rose up to 43% it has not impacted in parliament elections
  • He also cited that committees on Finance, Estimates, Defence and Home Affairs together had only seven women members — six per cent of their total strength of 124 in the two Houses