Women in Decision-Making
JWP is one of the seven national women’s organizations (The seven sisters) along with All India Democratic Women’s Association, All India Women’s Conference, Centre for Women’s Development Studies, National Federation of Indian Women, Mahila Dakshata Samiti and YWCA of India who since 1984 have jointly demanded 33% reservation of seats for women in State Assemblies and Parliament. This women’s network has succeeded in its attempt to influence the government to bring about changes in the Rape Law, the Dowry Act, the Immoral Traffic Prevention Act, Property Rights for Women, and the setting up of the National Commission for Women.
The demand for 33% reservation was a logical step forward towards strengthening democracy at the grassroots following the reservation of seats for women in the Panchayati Raj. To this day JWP is an integral part of the campaign for the Women’s Reservation Bill, organizing several events, public meetings and signature campaigns at the grassroots level while maintaining dialogues with political leaders including Parliamentarians.
JWP promotes efforts to ensure that all processes enable women and the community to get together to demand for an effective implementation of policies and programmes for equal entitlements. It aims to address and fill in the gaps between the formulation and implementation of policies and schemes and ensure that these fulfill the needs of the common person. This objective has led to building partnerships with other civil society organizations working at the national, regional and local level for combined and effective action.
In the past, JWP has run several projects to promote training women for political leadership in its grassroots programmes and it continues to run programmes for the political empowerment of women, to spread awareness about women’s rights and laws concerning them.