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DNMUM409453 | 3/11/2018 | Author : Gargi Gupta | WC :1470

Three women sarpanches in India’s rural arena, show us how it’s done. Gargi Gupta reports
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The general plight of women may have improved dramatically over the last century, but the one area where there’s a lag even now is political power. According to the United Nations’ ‘Women in Politics: 2017’ map, the global average of women’s representation in central legislative bodies is just 22.3%. India figures way down the list at number 148 (out of 193 countries) with 11.8% women legislators - 62 members in the 543-strong parliament. But at the panchayat level, the picture is very different. Women, as per government data, constitute 46.14% of the total number of elected representatives in gram sabhas and panchayats. In some states - Bihar, Chhatisgarh, Kerala, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Rajasthan and Uttarkhand - the number exc
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