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The Lok Sabha elections 2014 will ending shortly, making it a good time to review the state of women's representation in Indian politics, with this infographic.
The Lok Sabha elections 2014 will be coming to an end shortly, making it a good time to review the state of women’s representation in Indian politics, with this infographic.
With ideation and data compilation support from Skendha Singh
Six phases of the Lok Sabha elections are over, and come this time next month, we will know the shape of the government for the next 5 years. While there has been more noise than ever before on women’s safety, what is the state of women’s representation like in these elections? Are parties serious about becoming more inclusive, or is all the talk of women’s rights just so much noise?
To answer those questions, we compiled the available data on women’s representation in the Lok Sabha elections 2014, and looked at it by party and state. Then, we put some of the most interesting facts together in the form of this simple infographic.
Have a look, and draw your own conclusions!
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