On March 8, International Women’s Day, some civilians, women’s rights activists, and members of the autonomous women’s movement across the country, released the “Womanifesto” for the 2014 Indian elections which begin on April 7.
The six-point manifesto calls for all candidates to commit to an action-plan, related to women’s freedom, safety and equality, as part of their election pledges.
“A freedom movement for women has caught fire. Citizens across the country are demanding an end to the generations-deep violence and suppression faced by hundreds of millions of Indian women and girls. Voters are calling on elected officials to commit the resources and political will for change now. This Indian Womanifesto is a 6-point plan critical to the freedom and safety, equality and flourishing of India’s women and girls.”
The leader of India’s Common Man Party (Aam Aadmi Party), Arvind Kejriwal, committed to the six-point plan at a Facebook Talks Live event.
Here are the six points from the Womanifesto with some of the important demands it makes:
1. Educate for equality
“We will implement comprehensive, well-funded and long-term public education programmes to end the culture of gender-based discrimination and violence.”
2. Make laws count
“We will ensure each government agency produces a detailed action-plan to implement laws to end violence against women, and we will fund it.”
3. Put women in power
“(We will) ensure that women will be represented in all councils, committees and task forces related to policy and practice across the board.”
4. Police for the people
“There will be zero tolerance of moral policing by State and non-State actors.”
5. Swift, certain justice
“We will take strong action against racial discrimination and violence against women from the North-East.”
6. Economic flourishing
“We will ensure secure, dignified, remunerative employment for women.”