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India's Panchayati Raj, women power showcased at United Nations

With over 1.4 million EWRs, India's journey exemplifies empowerment and inclusivity, particularly in women's leadership
01:46 AM May 05, 2024 IST | GK NEWS SERVICE
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New Delhi, May 4: At the United Nations Headquarters, the voices of Indian women leaders echoed through its corridors. Elected women representatives (EWRs) from India's Panchayati Raj Institutions gathered for the CPD57 Side Event titled "Localizing the SDGs: Women in Local Governance in India Lead the Way," sharing their remarkable journeys and impactful initiatives driving progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Organized jointly by the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations and the Ministry of Panchayati Raj in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the event showcased the exemplary role of Indian women in local governance.

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Ambassador Ruchira Kamboj set the stage, emphasizing India's unique Panchayati Raj system as a model of decentralized power and direct democracy, fostering active citizen participation.

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With over 1.4 million EWRs, India's journey exemplifies empowerment and inclusivity, particularly in women's leadership, with a special focus on aligning local planning with the SDGs.

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Vivek Bharadwaj, Secretary of the Ministry of Panchayati Raj, highlighted India's commitment to women's empowerment in local governance, with over 46% of elected representatives being women. He highlighted innovative approaches such as thematic annual plans and technological interventions like geo-tagging, enhancing transparency and accountability in local development initiatives.

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The event featured inspiring presentations by three iconic women EWRs: Supriya Das Datta, Kunuku Hema Kumari, and Neeru Yadav. Their stories showcased initiatives ranging from combating child marriage to promoting education and environmental sustainability, illustrating the transformative impact of grassroots leadership. Despite facing challenges, these leaders have spearheaded change, amplifying women's voices and driving progress in their communities.

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Supriya Das Datta shared initiatives empowering women and girls, including the expansion of Self-Help Groups (SHGs) and advocacy for women's rights through initiatives like "Your Story Must Be Told."

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