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22 March 2018

Women Empowerment is the need of the hour – It’s time to speak up!

In India, every 34 minutes, a rape takes place, every 43 minutes a woman is kidnapped and every 93 minutes, a woman is burnt to death over dowry. India is also where over 60% women still remain uneducated, 300 million women do not have access to basic amenities such as toilets and 70% women face domestic violence daily. In our country, around 28% of girls drop out of school after hitting puberty due to the unavailability of sanitary napkins and less than 10% of the top 50 CEOs are women.

The problems plaguing the women of India are as diverse as the women themselves. From child marriages in rural India to sexual harassment at workplace in the cities, Indian women have pertinent difficulties to face every day. Whether issues such as acid attacks on women and female infanticide infuriate you or disparity in education and gender bias at work affect your life, it’s time to take a stand.  If you don’t speak up now, when will you?

That’s where the role of National Women’s Parliament (NWP) begins. Supported by UNESCO, NWP is a non-political platform committed to the development of Indian women. Our primary aim is to empower women, educate them and represent them. Eminent personalities like Shri. Chandrababu Naidu and noted Gandhian and activist Ela Ben Bhatt are our patrons and strong cohorts. It’s their mission to become the enablers for political, social and economic upliftment of women in India.  

NWP also aspires to give women a prominent voice in key national decisions. Addressing thousands of women at the Amaravati summit of NWP, Dr. Vijaya Lakshmi, daughter of Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly Speaker Kodela Shiva Prasad Rao discussed how even after 70 years of independence, the Women Reservation Bill has not been implemented. She said, “Although the government has time and again promised reservation for women, it is still not implemented. We need forums like NWP to push the envelope.” 

We aim to bring women from diverse backgrounds and fields like politics, social sector, education, sports, industry, media, cinema, arts & culture, judiciary and even students to bring about a change in policies. We are constantly working towards empowering women, closing the gender diversity and disparity, providing basic human rights like proper sanitation, cheap sanitary napkins, and fortifying women across the country to fight for their rights.

So, if you are facing any political, socio-economic, ideological and psychological obstacles, join NWP’s national movement. Through us, you will not only be able to help yourself but also support millions of other women facing exactly the same problems and reshape the future of women in India. It’s time to break the silence; it’s time to be heard.

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