Women Swaraj - Mahila Swaraj
Envisioning an egalitarian society with proportionate socio-politico-economic independence of women and men as women constitute about half of all humanity as well as ensuring autonomy of women leadership inside the Mahila Swaraj Front.
In this milieu
- Swaraj India recognises, acknowledges and realises women’s equal participation and contribution at all spheres of politics and all levels of power structures both within the organisation as well as in the wider political systems of the nation.
- Swaraj India strives for promoting gender perspective that includes equality, equity, respect, dignity and justice.
- Swaraj India strives to warrant institutionalised empowerment of women, any other sex and sexual orientations in-order to have full participation and contribution in all decision making processes
Principles of gender justice
- All women, men and members of other genders irrespective of their sexual orientation are born and remain equal in rights and in the eyes of law.
- All genders enjoy the same freedoms, dignity, respect, security and opportunity to fulfil their potential.
- To stand for recognition of Women as an individual citizen over the socio-cultural identity that are usually defined and limited by.
- Governments to uphold the women’s legal, constitutional and human rights in every instance that they are challenged or violated.
- All interactions or associations between the government and women to be gender sensitive.
General policy position on gender justice
- Preventing female foeticide and infanticide with elimination of avoidable maternal deaths during childbirth, and a significant reduction in neonatal and infant mortality rates.
- Implementing the right to education with special provisions to ensure education of girls, especially those from socially and economically disadvantaged groups; gender sensitive curriculum; gender audit mechanisms for the entire educational system; greater provision of residential facilities for girls.
- Provide affordable and high quality healthcare to women, pre-natal and post-natal care to mothers, which includes hygiene, sanitation, holistic and adequate nutrition and provision of extra PDS / food supplies. Provide access to high quality healthcare to all women in rural and urban areas.
- Introduce a comprehensive scheme to deliver reliable and effective basic social protection, safety and security to women, with a strong focus on the most marginalised and vulnerable women and any other gender (including elderly, persons with disabilities, widows, orphan girls, women with major health/psychiatric illnesses).
- Equality in ‘family laws’ that cover marriage, property and divorce in all communities. Right to live a life free of physical, emotional and sexual violence; commitment to ensuring women’s safety in public spaces; strict implementation of laws on sexual violence against women, and domestic violence.
- Promote fair treatment and make equal wages/incomes mandatory for women in the formal and informal sector. Promote employment, income generation and entrepreneurship opportunities for women.
- All existing Constitutional bodies – such as Commissions for Women, Children, Human Rights, Minorities, SCs and STs – must be strengthened, made independent and autonomous and self-sufficient for resources, and must have proportionate representation of women.
- Active gender sensitisation programs across the country in the private and public sector, including the police, armed forces, media houses, private companies, transnational corporations, administration and judiciary with the constitution of Internal Complaint Committees, based on provisions under “The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013”.
- Uphold respect and dignity of women in visual representation especially in the film and television industry. Promote gender-based reporting, budgeting and accounting at each tier of governance for health, education, employment and other measures of human development.
- No Governments should have policy of promoting liquor/alcohol production and sale as income for Governments. Violence on women and children are to be controlled by Governments’ regulation policy of liquor.
- Recognising that poor rural and urban women are in the “high risk” category of contracting HIV/AIDS from their spouses or non-spouse male “carriers,” and create a targeted programme to check this trend and provide women and their children with better support systems and services to deal with the debilitating/crippling aspects of the disease (e.g. medicines, awareness, access to support networks, employment opportunities).
Gender justice within Swaraj India
The principle of gender justice within Swaraj India is aimed at empowering women, ensuring their equal participation and assuring gender justice.
- Right to Political Participation and Equality — The Swaraj India will work to ensure that 33% to 50% of all party tickets at the national, state and local level are given for women. The SI will also ensure that all committees at national and state levels will have equal/adequate representation of women.
- The Swaraj India commits to supporting a law to ensure women’s representation in State Assemblies and in the Parliament through the most appropriate route.
- A clear inner organisational understanding that all forms of gender discrimination, harassment or a history thereof will mean instant and public disciplinary action against the member.
- Put in place an effective and regular system of Gender Audit within Swaraj India.
- Implement Gender Sensitisation training for all levels of personnel and institutions
- Functioning of ICC to address issues of sexual harassment. To create awareness of the same at all levels and geographies of organisational functioning.
Swaraj India constitution provides for gender justice and women’s representation, as it believes that only through equal participation and contribution and with genuine gender just perspective, insight and approach, at all spheres of decision making, a just and safe society with people centred wellbeing can be achieved. Mahila Swaraj will strive to create opportunities and accomplish the same.