In the historic walls of Delhi University student politics, an incredible transformation is unfolding. Students and activists are raising their voices for more women to join in, inspired by the recent decision to reserve 33% of parliamentary seats for women. This clear call for gender fairness is echoing in the sacred halls of higher education.
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Asking for Equality: A Big Meeting
A law student, Shabana Hussain, and a group of students and advocates met with the university’s Dean. Their mission was simple: to champion equal platforms where women help shape the Delhi University student politics future.
The Pressing Need: A Call to Action
As India marks 75 years of independence, students assert that women are not seen enough in student politics. They want a significant 50% share of positions in university and college elections to go to women. Problems like molestation at Miranda House and other places go unnoticed until election time, highlighting a disconnect between female students and their male counterparts.
Breaking Down Barriers: A Vision for the Future
Advocate Ashu Bidhuri insists that on Delhi University’s 100th anniversary, women should have a 50% share in student politics. Women’s rights shouldn’t stop at textbooks; they should also be in leadership roles. He points to leaders like Mamata Banerjee, Atishi, Mayawati, Smriti Irani, Nirmala Sitharaman, and Sonia Gandhi as inspirations.
Ensuring Real Representation: Clearing the Way Forward
Verbina Bora highlights the challenges that stop women from getting into politics, such as physical strength, money, and prejudice. Students and advocates want a system that reserves spots for women in student politics, making sure they genuinely represent their peers, rather than being mere symbols.
Official Requests and Memorandum: A Plan for Change
The memorandum lists the requests:
1. 50% Female Representation in DUSU Office Bearer Positions : Share 50% of positions among females in the four DUSU office bearer roles.
2. Rotational Representation for Female Students in College Union Elections : Have a rotation system.
3. Enhanced Female Representation in the DUSU Executive Council Elections : Increase the number of spots for women.
4. Amplifying Female Representation in DUTA Elections : Reserve 50% of DUTA seats for women.
5. Expanding DUSU Elections to All Delhi University-Affiliated Colleges : Open DUSU elections to all Delhi University-affiliated colleges.
A Promise to Persist: A Movement That Won’t Stop
In closing, the loud call for a 50% share for women in Delhi University’s student politics shows the determination of a generation. This movement promises to keep going, committed to lasting change. The movement will peacefully carry on until the demands of the students are accepted by the University of Delhi.