CPM Kerala to improve women's representation in state leadership

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From CPM State Conference

Kochi: CPM may increase women’s representation in the state committee in view of the rising dissent against the patriarchal inclination of the party. The central committee had recommended a 10 per cent delegation of women in the state committee. However, the party may ensure even more females in the top body.

Among the 21-member state secretariat, only PK Sreemathy, KK Shailaja and MC Josephine are women. Though it is less likely to allow more women in the secretariat, they will be entrusted with vital duties by inducting them to the party centre.

Currently, one-fourth of the party members in Kannur and Kasaragod districts and 1991 branch secretaries in the state are women.

For the first time in CPM, a woman was selected as the area secretary. However, she had to contest for the position in the area conference at Meenangadi.

Kodiyeri Balakrishnan said that the party delegates demanded equality of genders at the state conference. The party has to intervene to break the gender stereotypes as the patriarchal influence is evident in all realms of society. CPM sets forth a women-friendly approach in the party system, said Kodiyeri. However, in his reply to a question, Kodiyeri ruled out the possibility of a 50 per cent reservation for women in the upcoming state committee.

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