"Call Attention Dharna" at Sansad Marg, New Delhi on 22 May 2012

Press Release
The National Women Organisations along with their Delhi Chapters came together on 22nd May 2012 at a "Call Attention Dharna" at Sansad Marg New Delhi and expressed their deep disappointment on the continued betrayal by the UPA Government and its failure to keep its promise in its electoral manifesto which ensured passage of the women’s Bill in the Lok Sabha .The failure to take positive measures in the direction of strengthening democracy in the country despite repeated verbal assurances made by its leaders, the Prime Minister, and by the President herself, has been an injustice to the women of the country.
The Women’s Organisations reiterated the facts position emphasising that 33% reservation will empower women by increasing their political representation; will open up new spaces for focusing on gender based discriminations in the political sphere; help to pinpoint the unequal status of women in the society and the underlying prejudices which perpetuate structural as well as gender based inequalities and exclusions.
Maintaining that democracy has to be inclusive and equitable, a demand was made to the UPA Government to fulfill its promise and forthwith introduce the Bill and allow it to be debated on the floor of the Rajya Sabha.
The Dharna was attended by eminent Members of Parliament Mr D Raja, Ms Jharna Das Baidya and Dr T.N Seema and more than 500 women cutting across boundaries of politics and class
The Women Organisations also adopted resolutions demanding for :
• The early passing of the Bill for Protection of Women against Sexual Harassment
• A Comprehensive Bill to address killings and crimes being perpetrated in the name of " honour" has to be formulated urgently.
• The Law on Sexual assault after due amendment to address the multiple dimensions of violence suffered by victims are addressed adequately.
• The Food Security Act be made a made a universal right by strengthening the Public Distribution System.
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Leila Passah Sudha Sundararaman
(Gen.secretary, YWCA) (Gen.secretary,AIDWA)
on behalf of