India`s first women’s political party launched

Touted as the country`s first political party formed by women, the `United Women Front` (UWF) was launched here on Tuesday.

New Delhi, Oct 17: Touted as the country's first
political party formed by women, the 'United Women Front'
(UWF) was launched here on Tuesday.

The party, though has been formed by women, is for all
the citizens of India, said Suman Krishan Kant, UWF president
and wife of former Vice President Krishan Kant.

The party was registered with the Election Commission
last month, she added.

"Women in the country are discriminated against and are
insecure. And through this front we want to ensure that the
issues of priority concerning half the country's population
come to the forefront in India's national agenda," Kant said.

She said despite having the second highest population in
the world, of which women constitute 50 per cent, the average
representation of women in Parliament is a dismal low of just
8.8 per cent.

"The UWF will soon hold its executive body meeting to
finalise the agenda and policies of the party. We are
focusing on Parliament elections scheduled to be held in
2009," Kant said.

The party has already opened its regional offices in
12 states, including Delhi, Bihar, Jharkhand, Haryana and the
Northeast states and has so far enrolled 200 women in various

Bureau Report