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NETRI Foundation at Janta Parliament 2020


JANTA PARLIAMENT – a simulated, virtual Parliament session for discussing urgent COVID related issues and suggesting policy changes to the government. Organizers:  Article21 Trust, Rethink Aadhar and Maadhyam Initiative Background: Parliament has not been in session since the first lockdown was imposed 4 months ago and all government policy decisions since then have escaped legislative […]


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Hall of Fame: Women Politicians of the Indian Constituent Assembly | Archive


Constitution of India Founding Mothers of Indian Constitution Gandhi& Sarojini Naidu- 1942 AICC Session AMMU SWAMINATHAN Sucheta Kriplani Begum Aizaz Rasul Rajkumari Amrit Kaur Dakshyani Hansa Mehta Previous Next Biographical Essays: Founding Mothers of India | Women Politicians in the Constituent Assembly of India The first of its kind platform archiving the lives and contributions […]


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Technology, Women & Politics | NETRI X SheThePeopleTV | Women Who Lead Series


In 2019, the India Internet report stated that the female internet user population in the country is only half of the 258 million male internet users, and ‘the bias is more evident in rural India. Indian women are 26% less likely to own mobile phone & 56% less likely to use mobile internet. This digital gap is not only evident but also impacts gender-power relations through gender-tech relations. On 25th July 2020, NETRI Foundation in partnership with SheThePeople.TV hosted the second online dialogue - “Technology, Women and Politics: Post-COVID elections, Digitisation and Women Politicians”- as part of the Women Who Lead Series. Read more to find out the key takeaways from the discussion held with leading women politicians- Atishi Marlena, Diya Kumari, Jothimani, digital expert Osama Manzar and Mr. Krishnan Pallassana representing civil society.


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Money, Muscle & Misogyny: A Comparative Study on Women’s Political Representation in South Asia


The world “cannot afford” such few women in power, says the data presented in the 2020 edition of the IPU‑UN Women map of Women in Politics. This report by NETRI Foundation is an attempt to blare the horns and highlight some important lessons for the South Asian countries in terms of women’s representation in politics. […]


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Women Politicians and Indian Media | NETRI & SheThePeopleTV | Women Who Lead Series


In 2020, India was ranked 112th in the Global Gender Gap Index. This gap is evident in the news-hour too, with lack of representation and limited space for women politicians. In fact, the Global Media Monitoring Project 2015, in India pointed out that only 7% of the political news covered stories of women in politics. It then becomes paramount to bring this gap to the fore and discuss ways to reduce it. Thus, on 21st June 2020, NETRI Foundation in partnership with SheThePeopleTV to hosted the first online dialogue - “Who Gets the Limelight”: Women Politicians and Indian Media- as part of the Women Who Lead Series. Read more to find out the key takeaways from the discussion held with leading women politicians, media experts, journalists and civil society.


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Building a Case for Gender Parity in the Conduct of India’s Foreign Affairs


Shruti Sinha writes for The Diplomatist assessing the status of gender parity in the conduct of India's foreign affairs and recommendations on improving the same. She is involved in advocacy and engagement at NETRI Foundation.


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Covid-19 Pandemic & The Socio-Economic & Political Impact On Women


The COVID pandemic is having the tremors felt across sectors, but its impact on marginalized sections, especially women, has been on several fronts. While the social and economic impact has been severe, women leadership in politics is writing inspiring stories in handling crisis worldwide and closer home. Economic independence and Social justice – the anchors of Feminism and Gender Equality have been hit hard. Would it impact Feminism as a movement in post COVID times?  We deep dive here with experts. 


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Women and Pandemic- Gendered Approach to the Crisis: Suggestions for Policy Makers


On the Women's political empowerment day, which is also the National Panchayat Raj Day, we are launching our report on Women and Pandemic with policy suggestions for the policy makers. Our policy recommendations also align with the UN Women recommendations on the matter. "Women and Pandemic" was hosted online on 11th April 2020 and witnessed a participation of around 70 people. The importance of devolution of powers and resources to the Panchayats came out as an important recommendation given one of our panelists was Ms. Ritu jaiswal, who is a sarpanch/mukhiya/village head of a small village in Bihar. Her handle over the migrant crisis to prevent the spreading of the virus, her relief work, and the approach to empower women during this lockdown through local manufacturing of masks is inspirational. Ruha Shadab, who is a physician brought to light the underlying societal norms which play as disadvantage against women's immune system which is comparatively stronger than men. She also spoke about funneling of women from the entry-level jobs to the decision making roles at the top. Abhiruchi Chatterjee emphasised on the need of gender budgeting, gender-sensitive workplaces, gender-audits and presented views on domestic violence and unpaid care work performed by women.


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Dalit Women’s Tryst with Indian Political System: In conversation with Cynthia Stephen


Women Who Lead Series: A conversation with Cynthia Stephen as a part of a series of interactions with eminent personalities in our effort to enhance the understanding of the current situation pertaining to women in Indian politics.


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Nurturing Women for Politics: In conversation with Tara Krishnaswamy


Women Who Lead Series: A conversation with Tara Krishnaswamy as a part of a series of interactions with eminent personalities in our effort to enhance the understanding of the current situation pertaining to women in Indian politics.


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