Women's Participation in Indian Elections: An Overview

  Dec 08, 2023

Women's Participation in Indian Elections: An Overview

Q: What notable achievement did women in Rajasthan accomplish in recent elections?

Women in Rajasthan have consistently turned out in higher numbers than men in the recent assembly elections, reversing a trend and showcasing increased political engagement among women.

Q: How has women's voter turnout changed over time in India?

The gender gap in turnout has significantly reduced from 17 percentage points in 1962 to less than 1.5 percentage points, with women surpassing men in voter turnout in many states as of 2019.

Q: What is the impact of the increased turnout of women voters in India?

Women voters have become a powerful electoral force, making up nearly half of the electorate, which has led to political parties prioritizing women-centric policies and schemes.

Q: How have political parties responded to the increase in women voters?

Political parties have tailored their policies to address women's issues, including provisioning of tap water, toilets, housing, free transport, cash transfers, and special guarantees.

Q: What is the significance of the Ladli Behna scheme and similar initiatives?

These schemes represent focused efforts by political parties to garner the support of women voters by providing them with financial assistance and support for economic development.

Q: How has women's representation in the legislative houses of India changed?

The last decade has seen a dramatic increase in women's representation, with women securing a larger share of seats in legislative houses across various political parties.

Q: What is the trend in the number of women Members of Parliament in India?

From 24 women MPs elected in the first general election, the number has increased to 78 by 2019, indicating a steady rise in women's representation at the national level.



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