Lawmakers in India’s upper house of Parliament on Thursday guaranteed to reserve 33 per cent of seats for women in the lower house and state assemblies, in a bid to improve gender equality in the corridors of power.
Only 104 of India’s 788 MPs, or slightly more than 13 per cent, were women after the last national election, government figures show.
The legislation will not be enforced during India’s general elections due next year. The Home Minister said it would likely come into effect in 2029.
Just over one in four lawmakers in national parliaments worldwide are women, according to the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), a global organisation, which warned it will take more than 80 years to reach parity at the current rate of progress.
There are only six countries where women hold at least half of seats in their lower or single chamber - but as of March the IPU said every functioning parliament in the world had at least one woman for the first time in history.
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