Women right activists have released ”Womanifesto”.
It is a 44-point list of demands for consideration of all political parties for
the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
The major demands include a) free sanitary napkins,
b) free treatment for survivors of sexual assault and acid attack, c) criminalisation
of marital rape, d) land deed in the joint names of wife and husband, e)
allocation of 30% of the annual budget for growth and development of women, f) creation
of one crore jobs for women in the next five years, g) inclusion of women in
all decision-making bodies dealing with climate change and environment.
Activists have also advocated that the Election
Commission should bring electoral reforms to encourage participation of women
in politics. The EC has been urged to make it mandatory for all political
parties to have at least 33% women members so that the parties with low women participation
Activists have criticised the government for its
failure to introduce Constitution (One Hundred and Eighth Amendment) Bill, 2008.
The bill seeks to reserve one-third of all seats for women in the Lok Sabha and
the state legislative assemblies. The bill was passed in the Rajya
Sabha in 2010 but is still pending in Lok Sabha