The speakers included Dr Ranjana Kumari (Director of Centre for Social Research), Dr Jyotsna Chatterji (Director JWP) and Dr Chandra Rajan, (Advocate Supreme court).
Several prominent women's groups celebrated ‘Mahila Aarakshan Diwas’ at Dilli Haat on September 14 and reaffirmed their commitment to the passage of women's reservation bill in parliament which will allow more women to serve their country at the highest level and guarantees a minimum of 33 per cent representation to women in all political parties.
Even a sudden downpour did not dampen the spirit of the participants. Speaking in the rain, Dr Ranjana Kumari, iconic Director of Centre for Social Research said that the fight for passage of the bill would continue. She stated that the current government, being in a majority in the Lok Sabha was in a well-placed position to pass the Bill and fulfill their pre election promise about women's welfare and more female participation at the highest levels.
Dr Jyotsna Chatterji, Director JWP, and a respected senior leader of the movement said it was the democratic and constitutional right of women to rule. Dr Chandra Rajan, advocate at Supreme Court said that it was necessary to include women in high-level democratic processes as this would build a safe and progressive society.
The Justice Seekers group felt that a huge new talent pool would come into the parliament and decrease dependence on criminals in polity.
Several citizens attended the grand event including Asha Singh, Nirbhaya Jyoti’s mother, Ladkumari ji and members of organisations such as JWP, CSR, VIVAT, WPC, CBCI, AIWC AIDMAM, YWCA, Justice Seekers, Nirbhaya Jyoti Foundation, Conference of religious India, Pink and Blue Foundation among many others.