Women’s representation whether in public spaces like the streets, workplaces or the parliament will increase sustainably only with more and more women entering these spaces, says Political Shakti founder, Tara Krishnaswamy. In the fifth episode of Women in Governance with Tara Krishnaswamy, she explains how women can steadily and consistently have a greater representation in politics and steer away from being the one-off legends like Indira Gandhi, J Jayalalithaa etc.
She also adds how greater representation of women in politics will trickle down to overall empowerment of women in the country. Once more and more women are given tickets to contest in elections, “the whole candidate electioneering space will become less toxic”.
“Of course we have to take action against them (perpetrators). We've got to file the cases and get the police to act on it. We've got to publicly shame them and gender sensitise them, but the best way to stop them, I believe, the most sustainable way is to make it a more gender-equal space so that it becomes difficult for them to speak like this and get away with it,” Krishnaswamy adds.
(Interviewed and produced by Poorvi Gupta, video edited by Nang Tanvi)