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Workshop On “Political Representation of Women in J&K” organized at JU
Jammu, August 10, (Scoop News)- The Department of Lifelong Learning (DLL), University of Jammu today organized a workshop on the theme “Political Representation of Women in J&K” in collaboration with Women’s Collective of Jammu and Kashmir. The workshop was attended by students, research scholars and teachers of the University of Jammu, women Panch, Sarpanch and Municipal Corporators as well as social activists and members of civil society.


Participants were from different fields of interest like some female representatives from social work, Political party leaders (BJP and Congress) and eminent professors were present, who all narrated their perceptions and experience. The introductory part of the workshop was started by Prof. Kavita Suri, Director, DLL, who welcomed the participants and highlighted the key issues about the participation of women in politics and emphasized on the overall related issues. Prof. Abha Chauhan from department of sociology highlighted some interesting points about the participation of women in politics. She said that participation of women in political institutions, political parties has been very less. She also highlighted the problems women face in entering politics and how these challenges can be faced.


Dr. Shaveta Sharma from department of sociology talked about women representation in Panchayati Raj institutions. She narrated the success stories of panchs and sarpanches in Jammu district and emphasized on the need for reservation of seats for women in panchayati adalat. Mr. Bhatti from Political Science department talked about the obstacles women experience within political parties and institutions.


Mrs. Namrata Sharma a corporator discussed the difficulties she faced while contesting elections, but she acted with great zeal while during her work. She also emphasized the fact that 33% of reservation of women is only at the panchayat/Municipal level, but negligible at the parliamentary and state levels. She said we all need to work collectively to improve the situation.


Mrs. Suresh Jamwal, who fought for MLA elections in 1996 and she also remained Mahila Morcha president in 1992 stressed the fact that India is a patriarchal society, though she worked very hard she did not get the appropriate position in her party. She elaborated her discussion by saying that women has such will power that she can face the victory as well as the failure with positive spirit.


Sureshta Jamwal, a social worker and a representative of BJP Mahila Mandal, shared her views about her work in the corporate sector by mentioning her extensive experience. She emphasized that instead of 33% of representation of women representation should be 50% reservation. She came to politics only because seats were reserved for women.


Sunita Sharma, panch from Gole Gujral, Jammu. shared some of her experiences of everyday life. She said that there is discrimination in society and there is need to strengthen women’s position in society about the role of a women in every aspect in society.


Prof. Rita Jitendera, as chief guest of this workshop emphasized on the role of women in the society and stressed that “one should die with shoes on” furthermore, she shared her experiences of her life struggle. She was of the view that one should appreciate the role of every women and women must support each other and also themselves.


These presentations were followed by lively discussions among the participants. They also asked questions to the speakers. In the end, the session was concluded by Prof. Abha Chauhan from Women’s Collective of J&K who also thanked all the speakers and the participants for attending the workshop and making it a success.

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