UN Ambassador Ruchira praised growing women leadership in India

Huge praise for significant progress led by women

May 6, 2024 - 16:14
UN Ambassador Ruchira praised growing women leadership in India
UN Ambassador Ruchira praised growing women leadership in India

New Delhi. India's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ruchira Kamboj praised the significant progress made in India's women-led Panchayati Raj system in recent years. Ruchira said India shines with women's leadership in local governance, which is driving sustainable development.

Ruchira on Sunday took to social media platform In this post she wrote Empowering India's voices at the UN, women leaders of grassroots Panchayati Raj enthralled the audience with their stories of local democracy and leadership. His insights underscore the strong, transformative power of governance at the grassroots level.

In fact, on May 3, when the loud voices of women representatives echoed in the United Nations Headquarters, this day was marked as an important occasion. These elected women representatives (EWRs) from Panchayati Raj Institutions addressed the event on the sidelines of CPD57 titled “Localising the SDGs” Women Leadership in Local Governance in India.
The Permanent Mission of India to the UN and the Ministry of Panchayati Raj jointly organized this additional event in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), where women delegates enthralled the audience with their inspiring stories and transformative initiatives.

Three representatives from India, Supriya Das Dutta from Tripura, Kunuku Hema Kumari from Andhra Pradesh and Neeru Yadav from Rajasthan presented impressive interactive presentations. Women representatives shared their experiences and innovations in advancing the localization of the SDGs in local governance as well as across multiple thematic areas. From tackling child marriage to promoting health, education, livelihood opportunities and environmental sustainability, these women exemplified the transformative power of grassroots leadership. Along with giving information about the challenges and struggles he faced in his leadership journey, he also told how he overcame those challenges.

During this, Ruchira said that India is proud of a unique system of rural governance, known as Panchayati Raj and is a symbol of decentralized power at the grassroots level. Ruchira also celebrated women's representation increasing to 50 percent in 21 states of India. He said today out of more than 3.1 million elected representatives, more than 1.4 million are women. This increase in women's participation reflects a broader societal shift towards recognizing and valuing women's contributions to governance and community development.

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