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November 7, 2013

Indians insist: Time for more women in parliament

Activist group calls to pass law setting aside seats for women in government.

Photo via Facebook 'Time for #33Percent'.

Activists in India are joining a renewed push to bring more women into government by bringing a 16-year-old bid into the social media age. Organisers of "Time for #33Percent" are calling for the passage of the Women's Reservation Bill, which has been pending since 1996. 

The bill would set aside a third of positions in Parliament and state assemblies for women. A similar quota proposal passed in 2012 that provided reservations for women in local village councils. The group has announced a press conference on November 8 to campaign for the bill.