In a first of its kind initiative in the Parliamentary history of the country, SRI organised a National Conference of Women Legislators on 5 and 6 March, 2016 in New Delhi. The central theme of the Conference was ‘Women Legislators: Building Resurgent India’. In a paradigm shift from the usual refrain of empowering women, the Conference deliberated on how these empowered women could contribute towards nation building.
The Conference was inaugurated by the then President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee. The Vice President of India, Shri Mohammad Hamid Ansari, the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi and the Speaker of Bangladesh Parliament and the Chairperson of the Executive Committee of CPA, Dr. Shirin Sharmin Chaudhary graced the inaugural function.
Besides the plenary sessions, the conference theme was divided into three broad business sessions. These focused on social development, economic development and governance and legislation. The Prime Minister who was present at the inaugural session, addressed the Conference at the valedictory session. In his valedictory address, the Prime Minister gave a clarion call to the women legislators, as well as all the women in the country, to realise their inherent inner power and use it for nation building. He exhorted them to learn more effective ways of performing their legislative roles, learn and harness the benefits of technology and inspire all other women.
The Conference was attended by over 300 women members of Parliament, legislative assemblies and councils from nearly all the States of India. Almost all women Union ministers, the then Chief Minister of Gujarat, Shrimati Anandiben Patel, Speakers and Deputy Speakers from States, distinguished members of the judiciary and civil society participated in and addressed the Conference. The Conference ended by adopting an ambitious and comprehensive Resolution as a road map for the women legislators.