India Receive Positive Response to Women’s Reservation Bill from UNHRC

Volker Turk, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, has praised the enactment of the Women's Reservation Bill in India. The landmark legislation reserves 33% of seats in both India's Parliament and state assemblies for female representatives.

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United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Volker Turk (Image Credit: Twitter/@volker_turk)
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Volker Turk (Image Credit: Twitter/@volker_turk)

This historic measure would constitutionally enshrine women’s representation in parliament and will be a significant step in defending women’s right to participation and gender equality in India.

It was passed by both Houses of Parliament.

According to the Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ravina Shamdasani, the UN High Commissioner called on parliamentarians around the world to adopt legislative measures – including, where necessary, gender quotas – to ensure women’s voices at the center of their nations’ political discourse, in full parity with others.

The Bill requires ratification by at least 50 percent of the states, and we call for their swift support.

The High Commissioner calls on the Government to implement the new system as soon as possible, alongside the existing reservation for ‘scheduled castes’ and ‘scheduled Tribes’.

“We stress the importance of fostering an enabling environment for the participation of women from all backgrounds in public life – which can have profound, positive implications for society as a whole,” the official release read.

This is an important step towards the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals as well as India’s obligations under the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women. (ANI)

Tarah Nguyen