From how to manage election campaigning, to tips on maintaining a healthy work-life balance. A new book titled 'Mee Nagarsevika' (Me, a woman corporator), attempts to de-mystify and break down the electoral process for aspiring women corporators.
The book has been published by the Bhartiya Stree Shakti (BSS), an organisation that works for women's empowerment, just weeks ahead of civic elections in the city. For the first time, 50% of the seats in the city have been reserved for women, which makes the book more relevant than ever.
The book was released by mayor Shraddha Jadhav and deputy mayor Shailaja Girkar. Present at the occasion were a host of other women corporators from both the ruling Shiv Sena-BJP as well as the opposition.
Speaking at the launch, BSS national chief and editor of the book Nayana Sahasrabuddhe said that women's empowerment needed to be done with a direction in mind. “The main aim of this book is to empower women who chose to tread the path of electoral politics. Right from tips on developing leadership skills to knowing the basic structure and hierarchy of the civic body, it's important that first-time women candidates know about these issues before they take the plunge.”
Varsha Pawar-Tawde, the book's co-editor, said, “These reservations are going to bring in many women from non-political lineage, who will have little or no idea of electoral politics. Hence, it's essential for us to arm such women with the most basic things in the right manner.”
With dozens of women aspirants competing in the upcoming elections, civic officials and political commentators are waiting to see the impact that the 50% reservation is likely to have.