Gender Inequality in Decision Making Bodies
India in its 21st century has inherited a truncated plan of globalising democracy in a more pulsating form. In many occurrences there is a sense of apprehension about the attainment of illustrative democracy because of the on-going propensity of India to eliminate or relegate big sections of society. This is predominantly the case for women. If India wants to justly represent a democratic rule in the nation then every citizen should be given an equal opportunity to participate in the democratic processes.
Both social and economic development of the nation is going to be relentlessly limited in the absence of equal opportunity for all. It is sad to see India still running her democratic structures on the foundation of patriarchal foundation after 71 years of independence where women fail to enjoy full and equal citizenship throughout the country.
Participation of women in politics goes back to the times when India was still chained down by the British. Women actively participated in the freedom movement fought to establish a free India and when the Constitution was formed equal rights without any discrimination was given to every Indian woman. Law relinquishes all cultural practices that are pejorative to the status of women and ensures a humane environment for her at work.
There is a proper framework in place which lets women participate in politics just like men. Yet women are relegated to domestic boundaries and marginalised from the decision making processes politically, domestically and in the community. Women have been kept far from political dialogue and their choices of voting have been largely influenced by the male members. Even though our women have challenged family and the system to come forward with their opinion they have been tried to pin down by the male clique.
When women are a part of decision making bodies at work then the workplace environment will have a greater chance of considering the needs and requirements of both men and women on an equal footing.
Decision making is not just for big offices and governments. It begins at home. Women should have equal participation in decisions made at home. This makes it possible for them to voice their opinions giving them an equal position in their homes.
Today the younger women have increasingly engaged in politics and are trying to challenge the traditional framework of Indian politics. Slowly as we see our women engaging in active voting they are yet to shape political dialogue and governance in our nation.