Organised by Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly [3 day affair since 10th Feb 2017],with the theme of
‘Empowering Women – Strengthening Democracy’, in the state capital of Amaravati.
On the occasion Chandrababu Naidu, the chief minister of Andhra Pradesh said ;
“We are a state where women were given the right to property for the first time and we are the state where we have 33% reservation for women in jobs,” said
The Women’s Reservation Bill or The Constitution (108th Amendment) Bill, 2008, is a lapsed bill in the Parliament of India which proposed to amend the Constitution of India to reserve 33% of all seats in the Lower house of Parliament of India, the Lok Sabha, and in all state legislative assemblies for women.
The seats were proposed to be reserved in rotation and would have been determined by draw of lots in such a way that a seat would be reserved only once in three consecutive general elections.
The Rajya Sabha passed the bill on 9 March 2010.However, the Lok Sabha never voted on the bill.
The bill lapsed after the dissolution of the 15th Lok Sabha in 2014.
In the 16th Lok Sabha, 61 women leaders have made their way to the Parliament.
This is the highest ever number of Lok Sabha seats won by women and constitutes 11.23 per cent of the total 543 Parliamentary seats.
Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Ranking
In a recent study conducted by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), India is placed at 111th position in the list of 189 countries having women representatives in Parliament.
Even the lesser developed neighbors of India such as Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal have around 20, 19 and 30 per cent women members in their respective parliaments.