Women activists in Kerala have signed a joined statement slamming major political parties for inadequate representation of women in their candidate list in coming assembly elections.
Sugathakumari, Sarah Joseph, Khadeeja Mumtaz, K Ajitha and Geetha Nazeer are among the prominent women who signed the statement.
According to The Times of India the statement criticised UDF for giving just 8 seats to women candidates. All of them were from the Congress, UDF constituents Kerala Congress and and Muslim League have not given a single seat to women. The statement also says that among this 8 seats only two are seats which are politically strong.
Since Congress is a party that has promised many pro-women schemes and is also led by a woman, this stand is unacceptable, the statement said. The statement has also criticised LDF, stating that though they fielded 17 woman candidate, they have failed to keep the promise of fielding a woman candidate from every district.
â€śIf the LDF is committed to end gender discrimination, it should have given at least 30% seats to women. Among the women candidates, the CPM has 12, CPI 4 and Janata Dal (S) 1,â€ť the statement said as per ToI report.
â€śThough the BJP has fielded seven women candidates, most of them are in seats where the winning prospects are much less,â€ť it added. The statement also stated that patriarchal mentality of political parties is disappointing.