Women's Movement in India
Women’s movement in India has its root in backward traditions like child marriage, sati, ill-treatment of widows to the issues of domestic violence, rape, dowry, sexual harassment at work, unequal pay at work, unequal division of labour, and low representation in politics at present.
The important issues covered by the Women’s Movement in India are:
- Demand for education
- Discrimination based on traditional practices
- Right to hold public offices
- Issues of equal voting rights
The significant impact of the Women’s Movement is reflected in the formation of institutions like the National Commission for Women, policies like the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005, the Harassment of Women at Workplace Act, 2013, Maternity Benefit Act. etc.