The Department of Lifelong Learning (DLL), University of Jammu today organized a workshop on the subject “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 included women from different fields of interest including entrepreneurs, social workers, Political party leaders (BJP and Congress) and eminent educationists.
They all expressed their perceptions and experience. The introductory part of the workshop was started by Prof. Kavita Suri, Director, DLL.
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 have 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 Adalats.
Namrata Sharma a former corporator discussed the difficulties she faced while contesting election. 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 women need to work collectively to improve the situation.
Suresh Jamwal, who contested MLA elections in 1996 said “India is a patriarchal society. Though i worked very hard but did not get the appropriate position in my party.”
She elaborated her discussion by saying that a woman has great will power and 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% the representation for women should be 50%.
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 position of woman in society.
Prof. Rita Jitendera, as chief guest, emphasized on the role of women in the society and stressed that “one should die with shoes on.” She shared experiences and struggle of her life and emphasized that 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.