BBC Hindi celebrates women leaders of India with ‘लीडर भी, निडर भी’
BBC Hindi recently played host to ‘लीडर भी, निडर भी’, (Fearless Leaders), an opportunity to celebrate the women in politics on 8th February 2019 in New Delhi
Published - 11-February-2019
BBC Hindi, one of BBC’s oldest language services, that caters to millions of listeners and readers across the world recently played host to ‘लीडर भी, निडर भी’, (Fearless Leaders), an opportunity to celebrate the women in politics on 8th February 2019 in New Delhi.
As we gear up for one of the most keenly contested elections in Indian history, this event discussed the challenges faced by the few women in politics in India.
“Women participated in India’s democratic structure from local villages to national government, India has seen women rise up the ranks and lead political parties, run the country as Prime Minister and occupy the esteemed position of President. But the odds are not in their favour, with only 12% of seats in the National Parliament that are held by women. Then there is the challenge of elected women of being treated as tokens on benches, or reduced to puppets at the hands of their husbands who hold real power,” said Mukesh Sharma, editor, BBC Hindi.
“The road to power is exceptionally difficult for women, and we want to acknowledge the determination and strength of the inspiring women who march on. We also look forward to hearing from them as leaders in their own right, their views on the urgent issues that face the country and indeed the world,” Sharma further added.
The daylong event featured detailed one-on-one interviews with women in positions of political office, and enlightening panel discussions on how to navigate the corridors of power. Among those present were Swati Singh, parliamentarian Savitribai Phule, Minister Soni Sori, actor turned minister Moon Moon Sen, politician Selja Kumari to name a few