During the discussion in the budget session, the issue of lack of representation of women in leadership roles was discussed by the MPs. During this time, women MPs spoke on increasing the 33% reservation for women in Parliament. After the proceedings of the Rajya Sabha, the first Chairman, Venkaiah Naidu while speaking on International Women’s Day said that today is the day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political contributions and achievements of women all over the world. Also, this day is to honor him.
After this, while discussing in Rajya Sabha, Shiv Sena MP Priyanka Chaturvedi raised the issue of giving 50 percent reservation to women in Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha. Priyanka said, “24 years ago we proposed 33% reservation for women in Parliament. Today, 24 years later, we should make 50% reservation for women in Parliament and Assembly.”
Similarly, NCP MP Dr. Fauzia Khan said, “several reports show that more than 6% women have not got leadership role. We should think about it. We can get a start by bringing legislation on 33% reservation for women in the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.”
Raising the issue of crime against women, Congress MP Chhaya Verma said, “the government has given the slogan ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’, but the high rate of crimes against women tells a very different story.”
BJP MP Sonal Mansingh, while raising the issue of International Men’s Day during this time, said, ‘as Women’s Day is celebrated, similarly I demand that International Men’s Day should also be celebrated as International Women’s Day is celebrated every year on 8 March. It is a day to celebrate the achievements of women in all fields such as social, economic, cultural and political over the years.”