New Delhi: Lack of understanding of women`s
capabilities leads to gender disparities, Speaker Meira Kumar
said on Saturday.
"I am of the view that gender disparities are more due to
a lack of proper understanding of women`s capabilities than
any real frailty of will and wisdom," Kumar said addressing
the 6th meeting of Women Speakers of Parliament at Berne,
She said it was for women, like the ones present in the
meeting, to ensure that the role of "our gender in society is
alleviated from a stereotype of weakness and indecision to one
of power and responsibility. We have to be catalysts for
changing mentalities and addressing cultural stereotypes".
Kumar also highlighted the fact that India has been at
the vanguard of international commitments to women`s rights
and women`s participation in both the Indian Legislatures and
She said that the present Lok Sabha which unanimously
elected her as the first woman Speaker, also has the largest
number of women members so far.