India upper house approved quota for women lawmakers

On March 9, 2010, India's upper house of parliament, the Rajya Sabha, voted 191-1 to approve legislation ensuring that one-third of seats in parliament would be reserved for women. The Women's Reservation Bill, originally proposed in 1996, increase the number of women serving in the 543-seat legislature, which currently has no gender quota, from 59 to at least 181. The bill, which requires a constitutional amendment, still requires approval by the Lok Sabha, the lower house of parliament, and must be approved by at least half the states.


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