Who cares about politics? India’s first-time woman voter, for one. According to the Lokniti-CSDS-The Quint survey conducted as a part of The Quint’s ‘Me, the Change’ campaign, 68 percent of young women believe that women should participate in politics, just like men. In fact, 3 out of 5 respondents interviewed asserted they will vote without any influence of their family or husband in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
Move Over, Men in Politics!
With the 2019 general elections around the corner, the question of women’s representation in politics is being debated again. According to the survey, a significant population of young first-time women voters is interested in politics and believes that women make good political leaders.
But Obstacles Remain
However, a variety of factors like no support from family, lack of interest in politics and the perception that it’s “bad” for women to join politics prevents women from entering politics. Can this paradigm be shifted in time for the 2019 elections?