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Women's commissions seek 33% quota in assemblies and Parliament

Saying there is gender discrimination in the northeast when it comes to politics, women's commissions in the states of the region have pressed for 33 per cent reservation for women in assemblies and Parliament.

The representation of women in the region - which has a population of around 38.5 million (2001 census) - is a mere 4.5 per cent, with only 21 women legislators in the seven legislative assemblies that have a total strength of 466.

"There is gender discrimination when it comes to women in politics. We had tried our best to convince our men to allow women to take part in the electoral battle, but all in vain," Mizoram State Women's Commission chairperson Lalnipuii said. There is no representation of the fairer sex in the Mizoram and Nagaland assemblies.

"This (no women's representation) is very discouraging even though women are good, if not better, than men," she said.

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