There is a general lack of attention to women’s issues. In all spheres of life, women’s contributions could be far greater if only they have the opportunity to succeed. Right from birth, girls and women are placed in a disadvantageous position. School enrolment ratios tend to be lower for female children, the skilling opportunities they have are often designed in an environment of patriarchy, and it is harder for them to contribute in the job market. Women in India represent only 24 percent of the labour force that is engaged in any form of work in the market economy, compared to an average of 40 percent globally. This number is significantly behind most countries like China and even lags behind regions in Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America. The Global Gender Report 2015 by the World Economic Forum ranked India at 139 out of 145 countries, with Syria, Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia ranking below it. Achieving and sustaining high rates of economic growth is an almost impossible task without the active participation of half the eligible population. Therefore, it is all the more difficult for India to reap the benefit from the ‘demographic dividend’. Even though fewer women seek employment (compared to men), they find it a lot more difficult to find jobs compared to men.AIPC Position
- The AIPC will highlight issues related to the safety and security of women and children.
- We will advocate equal access to social, economic and political opportunities.
- We will create awareness about laws that support women and children. These include: Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2013, the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013, the Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 2013, Commission for Protection of Child Rights Act, 2005, and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012.
- We will further strengthen and expand the scope of the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights, set up in 2007.
- The AIPC will be a strong advocate for prevention of child trafficking.
- The AIPC will push for enactment of the Women’s Reservation Bill to reserve 33 % of all seats in the Lok Sabha, and in all State legislative assemblies for women.
- The AIPC will develop a Citizens’ Charter for Women’s Safety and Security.
- We will promote education of girls and women and help India gender parity in literacy.