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When women form 49% of India’s population, why are only 11% of registered voters women? Here is why women must vote in the 2014 India elections.
2014 is the year of General Elections in India. If you have your ears and eyes open or even half-open, you’d have heard some news/updates/ tidbits around the upcoming elections, the candidates, the drama, the fun and not-so-fun campaigns, the implications, the trends, the public debates (and wars), the grand marketing initiatives, the social media buzz and fizz, et al. – all in the race to the victory stand!
After all, the Winner is the Winner. And political power in a democracy is a supreme one. And 5 years of power is a long, long time.
But who makes a winner in a democracy? Evidently, it is the PEOPLE.
So, did you know?
The math does not quite add up.
If India is indeed a democracy and everyone has a right to vote, then why would women not exercise their vote?
It is possibly all of the above, and a lot more.
Now, let’s look at some more data and statistics.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Female_foeticide_in_India ; http://www.jaagore.com/download?filename=sites/default/files/Power-Of-49-Manifesto.pdf ; http://www.youthkiawaaz.com/2014/03/nation-failing-make-women-children-count-shabana-azmi/
Not a pretty picture, right? So what can really help the cause of women?
More men and women taking up the cause of girls and women – in politics, in the corporate world, in society at large and within the four walls. From small, everyday issues to the larger issues of life. And definitely not for a day or two, but for the long haul and to make India a better place for the women of tomorrow. A mind-set transformation, an ecosystem transformation and a societal transformation is indeed the cry of the day!
Women of today definitely need a better tomorrow. Children of today definitely aspire for a better tomorrow – better in terms of basic needs (food, shelter, sanitation, clothing), safety, health and medical care, education, infrastructure, governance, laws, policies and opportunities.
But most importantly, women need to be accepted and celebrated – for what they are, for their strengths, for their skills, for their rights, for their power, for the difference they make every single day in the lives of others!
Agreed that many of the issues listed above are complex and far beyond the control of most average Indians. But if you had the chance and could make a difference, would you?
If you said yes, then,
Cast your vote, and help/enable/make all women around you cast their vote.
It makes a difference because if the right people/parties are in power, and they focus on the right things – It will surely be a harbinger for positive change. It will take time, but any meaningful change starts with one step in the right direction.
If you are wondering how, here are some guidelines:
1. Check if you are a registered voter. Click here to verify
2. If you are not registered, click here to register
3. Mark the date on your calendar to vote. Election dates are from 7 April 2014 to 12 May 2014. To check the voting schedule for your state, click here
4. On the day, cast your VOTE
5. Spread this message.
Additional Readings on the 2014 Indian Elections
Pic credit: UN Women (Used under a CC license)