Monday, 16 March 2015


   National Federation of Indian Women (NFIW)
            1002-Ansal Bhawan, 16- K.G.Marg, New Delhi
                                        PRESS RELEASE

NFIW demands the immediate passage of the 33% Women's Reservation Bill in this session of the Parliament. 

The National Federation of Indian Women (NFIW) held a demonstration on Monday, 16th March, 2015 in front of Parliament to demand the immediate passage of the 33% Reservation for Women in Parliament and Assemblies.

The 33% Reservation Bill has been the demand of women across the country for decades and has been through a Select Committee of Parliament and passed by the Rajya Sabha. It has been presented in the Lok Sabha several times, raising our hopes, but has been scuttled every time in the name of consensus.

BJP, with huge majority, is not even mentioning the Bill. When in opposition Smt. Sushma Swaraj and Shri Arun Jaitly repeatedly stated in the floor of the Parliament that BJP is for the Bill. But now they ignore this issue.  This shows double standard and lack of political will and social commitment for the empowerment of women

NFIW is of the opinion that to address the issues of gender based exclusion, inequality, violence and discrimination at institutional, structural, ideological and operational levels, women's equal participation in decision making processes is needed.

Until women get at least one-third representation in Parliament and Assemblies, achieving gender equality and human rights of women will remain a distant dream. NFIW strongly demands the immediate passage of the 33% Women's Reservation Bill in the ongoing session of the Parliament. 

The time has now come to set aside subterfuge and place the Bill once again before Parliament and pass it.

Annie Raja,
General Secretary
16 March, 2015

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