All-women political party launched in India

October 19, 2007 at 3:47 am 3 comments

Hands of WomenThis week in India a group of women, who were tired of waiting for the men to get down to business, started an all-woman political party to offer an alternative to the traditionally male-dominated political parties in India.

The United Women Front (UWF) party intends to give special attention to issues affecting women like dowries (because the bride is such a burden on her husband even though she will clean, cook and bear children for him for the rest of her life) and abortion of female foetuses (kill the girl because a boy is far more valuable).

It is about time the women stood up for themselves. For example, there is bill in India’s Parliament requiring at least 33 percent of federal and state legislatures be reserved for women. This bill, called the Women’s Reservation Bill, has been pending in Parliament for over a decade!

According to newindpress.com, UWF President, Suman Krishan, said:

“Despite having the second highest population in the world, of which women constitute 50 percent, the average representation of women in Parliament is a dismal low of just 8.8 per cent.”

The world average is 17 percent, which is still pretty pathetic.

Krishan, who is also the wife of former Vice President Krishan Kant, continued:

“Women in the country are discriminated against and are insecure. And through this front we want to ensure that the issues of priority concerning half the country’s population come to the forefront in India’s national agenda.”

The UWF says it thinks women are more “honest, more capable and more hardworking.” Well, you certainly won’t get a fight from me on that account. What a wonderfully proactive way for women to finally (after thousands of years of oppression) take things into their own hands instead of waiting for men to decide to care about the best interests of women.

This new development in India this week inspired me to consider all of the wonderful possibilities of an all-woman political party in other countries. My mind simply cannot help but consider how a joint female effort could completely revamp entire nations.

There is not a week that goes by that women all over the world are not begging for someone to do something about the violence against them. There are continual cries for help for impoverished women and single mothers. Yet it seems these cries for help many times fall on the deaf ears of the male-dominated administrations. Sexual abuse against children is another issue that would no doubt be on the forefront of an all-woman political party.

It seems to me that an all-woman political party these countries would help solve many of the social ills since many of those ills stem from the mal-treatment of women and the total disregard concerning the issues that most effect women.

Do not get me wrong; I emphatically do not want an all-woman dominated world. If history has proven anything, it is that humans need to have the benefit of both genders in leadership. However, at this point in time perhaps an all-woman political party would help to remedy the dreadful lack of female representation in many governments.

Let’s be honest for a brief moment. Men alone are just not doing a good job running the world. The world is in shambles and the future does not look very bright. On the recent MTV Video Music Awards in September, Sally Fields made a statement that got censored before airing on television.

She said, “If mothers ruled the world, there would be no goddamn wars in the first place.” This type of mentality is desperately needed at all levels of governmental leadership to curb the male appetite for aggression and domination that emerges from time to time.

One of the very few times anyone will see truly aggressive behavior from a woman is when she is protecting her children, which is why a woman would rather use diplomatic efforts to settle an issue than to resort to armed conflict.

For centuries upon centuries it has been said that women have no place in government because their makeup is different from that of men. It is precisely for this reason that women should be in government. The feminine brings balance to masculine and vice versa.

Male leadership alone does not encompass all that is needed in governing humankind. Female leadership, with all of those wonderful feminine qualities, provide certain attributes and wisdom in which men have typically been found wanting.

There is no doubt that men and women are different on various levels. However, those differences do not make one gender better than the other. Rather, the differences provide humankind with even more unique possibilities by which to solve our problems.

Really, girls, how much longer will you sit around and wait for the men to care about the issues that effect women? India’s women waited for over a decade for a bill that still has not passed just to have 33 percent representation in Parliament (not 50 percent, as it should be).

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. M.ANVITA  |  October 15, 2008 at 8:46 am

    women have the power and capacity to rule the country equally to men

  • 2. snehalatha  |  June 28, 2010 at 5:55 am

    Could you please give me the telephone numbers of United Women Front Office in delhi and also their address

  • 3. KLRao  |  March 8, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    Women have been endowed with compassion,empathy and concern for fellow beings, hence their governance leads to harmony in the society.I wish women all the best.-KLRao,

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