Theme: “Women Politicians and Governance”.
In the light of the COVID-pandemic, climate change crisis, the ongoing debate about menstrual leave at the workplace, we aim to discuss the importance of women politicians’ participation in governance to face global challenges coming our way and the ramifications of their absence on our society, economy and polity. The panel discussion will look at the policy areas concentrated by women politicians, what they do differently, how they do it and most importantly why their presence is important for overall development?
Date: 30th August
Time: 6.00- 7.30 PM (IST)
Location: Link to be sent to registered candidates
With the advent of technology in all spheres of life, it is no surprise that politics and democracy have undergone significant transformations and continue to change drastically. Especially in light of the COVID-19 crisis, the nature of elections is expected to further change, and move towards maximum digitalisation. An important inquiry is how will increased digitalisation impact womxn’s political participation- as voters, candidates and political leaders??
The experts and panel will look at the issue through a wider thematic lens including (not limited to):
Digitalisation of Democracy- Post COVID elections
Impact of digital platform on women voters, political contestants and leaders
Use of Technology for Effective Governance, Campaigning, Engagement and Leadership
Intersectionality and Gender-gap in Digital Access and Literacy
Role of Technology in re-aligning gender-power-relations and enabling women’s agency.
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.