India is a prominent global voice that has made significant progress on human development over the past 60 years, but the benefits of a growing economy are not shared equally: the country is still home to one-third of the world’s poor.
Discrimination based on sex, female infanticide and gender-selective abortion are also part of everyday life. This shows a systematic devaluation of women and girls in society. Moreover, due to the caste system, a strong patriarchal control over political and social processes is widespread.
According to the 73rd state constitutional amendment of 1992, one third of India's municipal council mandates are reserved for women. In some Indian states, the 50% quota even applies. This is a revolutionary step with enormous implications. For the first time, women, at least in principle, have the mandate and the political influence to work with the villagers on their concerns and to mobilize state resources for this purpose. However, the implementation of this law in practice is a major challenge. Deeply rooted, patriarchal and feudal structures often stand in the way.
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