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Did you know that India ranks 20th from the bottom when it comes to women in politics? There has been a massive gap between men and women voters in India. There is a dire need to support and encourage political representation from women. The All India Mahila Empowerment Party is aiming to do just that with its motto and mission.

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Gender inequality is a hot topic in India. Men and women have always been treated differently. Culturally, financially and socially they are at varying levels. From centuries, women have been battling this unfair system and the burden of patriarchy. The systemic crushing begins right from childhood when girls are not allowed to be educated. In rural areas or villages, a girl is supposed to look after the domestic chores. At a young age she is married to an eligible boy and considered his ‘property.’ An illiterate, sheltered woman can never have an opinion. So how will society look up to her as a leader? Or anyone worth listening to? India has one of the largest illiterate populations. The poor and the troubled are more concerned with survival because they don’t know any better. Imagine what power we could wield if everybody was educated. An educated population means an aware and smart population. An educated woman means someone who knows her worth and teaches the right values to her children. Educated women will work, they will contribute to the economy and they will also take part in politics and activism.

Women have always been seen as the submissive gender in the social and political sector. India may have broken barriers by having a female Prime Minister and a female President but we still have a long way to go.  The social oppression of women has been allowed for ages and it is time to put it to a stop. How will that happen? The social and moral uplifting of women will only take place when women shape public policy, push educational reforms, bridge the pay gap and create laws for abuse victims. The time for change is now. And that’s what the All India Mahila Empowerment Party (AIMEP) is promising.

Dr Nowhera Shaik, founder and the brains behind the All India Mahila Empowerment Party (AIMEP) wants to go beyond social activism. Instead of donating money or time to causes that support women, it is vital that we change the system from inside. Female representation in the parliament is the core of their beliefs. All India Mahila Empowerment Party, true to its name wants to empower the Indian women. Long have we waited for the men to come in and save us. It’s time we save ourselves. Dr. Shaik came from nothing and she knows the struggles a poor woman has to face to come up the ladder. India can only progress if women support women and stand up for each other. She understands the need for a party of women that know the real issues facing our country. All India Mahila Empowerment Party is not going to ask votes on the basis for religion. Dr. Shaik values her culture and religion but it is not above her goals and mission. AIMEP has a strong, vibrant membership of 16 lakh women. Social activists, educators, teachers, ordinary women who have seen the tough life are all members of AIMEP. The number may seem high and chaotic but every woman at the party has a specific role. All India Mahila Empowerment Party is a big step in creating a bright future for India and Indian women. Some of its clear goals are fighting against violence, ensuring abuse victims get justice, health facilities, educational policies and safety structures for working women in cities and urban areas.

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