Gen Z's vision for Women's Reservation Bills: Meeting Today's needs

The passing of the Women's Reservation Bill in India is a historic event, it is a significant step towards ensuring that women have an equal role in politics. It reserves one-third of Lok Sabha and state legislative assembly seats for women, addressing historical underrepresentation. The key features of the Bill include: reserving one-third of seats in the Lok Sabha and state legislative assemblies for women, rotating these reserved seats, extending the reservation to state assemblies, introducing a specific clause for Delhi, implementing it based on post-Bill census data, providing a 15-year reservation period, and ensuring seat rotation after each delimitation, as determined by Parliament. This will ultimately promote greater gender equality and inclusivity in the Indian political arena. 

However, the world has changed a lot since this bill was first introduced. In the 21st century, the challenges and opportunities for women have evolved, and it's clear that the bill needs some updates to reflect these changes. The vision for these bills should be not just about ensuring women's representation but about addressing the contemporary needs and challenges faced by women today. 


Gen Z women have identified a few societal issues and changes that need to be implemented for the betterment of all. 



A Call for Equality: Providing Free Menstrual Products to Tackle India’s Pink Tax 

Creative art displaying protest against Pink Tax
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In India, the burden of the pink tax has long plagued women, resulting in higher prices for gender-specific products, including menstrual hygiene items. This gender-based pricing disparity reflects the deep-rooted inequalities prevalent in our society and market. Amidst this, the call for providing free menstrual products gains importance. By eliminating the financial burden associated with menstrual products, India can take significant steps in ensuring gender equality and empowering women. Free access to these necessities could enhance the health and well-being of countless individuals, particularly those from marginalized communities. It would not only relieve financial strain but also contribute to a more inclusive and equitable society. Policy arbitration needs to promote the distribution of free menstrual products is essential to combatting the systemic discrimination faced by women. This change will be imperative to foster a more progressive and equal India for all. 


Embracing Economic and Emotional Independence for Gen Z Women 

Gen Z Women must be financially and emotionally Independent, and they do not need to depend on their Husband or their family. We often witness Domestic violence and torture women face in their marriage life/ personal lives. But why can not they come out of the toxic relationship? It's mainly because of financial crises and sometimes emotional attachments. It's high time to provide more jobs, help women pick up their respect, and be stable all the way. Come on, ladies, we are capable enough to march forward alone as well. 


Striving for Workplace Equality: Recognizing Women as Equals, Not Lesser 

Creative displaying the concept of Gender Inequality
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In today's progressive society, gender equality should be a fundamental principle, especially within the workplace. It is crucial to acknowledge that women possess the same intellect, skills, and potential as their male counterparts. Categorizing women as lesser is not only archaic but also suppresses the true potential for growth and innovation. Embracing workplace equality means providing equal opportunities, fair pay, and a supportive environment that values diversity. When women are empowered and given a level playing field, they flourish, bringing fresh perspectives and enriching every facet of the professional landscape. Equality is not a privilege but a necessity for a thriving and inclusive society. Let's champion equality and abolish the notion of women being categorized as lesser than men. 

The Essential Role of Secure Transportation 

Safe and reliable transportation, such as special buses, is of utmost importance for women. It offers them the freedom to move independently, contributing to their empowerment and overall well-being. Specifically at late hours as on average most of the Women face assaults and harrasements in many public transports. Whether it's commuting to work, running errands, or simply going about daily life, secure transport options provide women with peace of mind. They can travel without the fear of harassment or danger, which is crucial for their safety. 

 Moreover, accessible transportation ensures equal opportunities and enables women to participate fully in society, from education to employment. It's not just about getting from point A to point B; it's about creating a safe world where women can thrive, unburdened by transportation-related concerns. 

Along with Reservation, Punishment for the offender is needed. 

To safeguard the security and rights of women in the workplace, specific clauses in the Women's Reservation Bill must be included. These suggested clauses could significantly contribute to creating a safe and respectful workplace. Businesses could be required to create sexual harassment policies, educate employees about the issue, set up complaint committees, and execute disciplinary measures, including the possibility of dismissal for offenders. This commitment is further strengthened by encouraging businesses to report incidents of sexual harassment to the appropriate authorities. Another thing to think about is imposing harsher punishments on violators, such as jail time and monetary fines. Initiatives to raise public awareness can also strongly discourage this conduct, ultimately fostering a workplace that is welcoming and safe for women. 



Gen Z's Women's demand for updated policies that empower women and provide essential services is more critical than ever. Ensuring their safety, health, and independence is essential for a more equitable society. 





Tania Mukherjee

Muskaan Mahato

Sudipta Bera

Mousumi Pal

Ayoshi Mondal

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