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Women in politics: Breaking barriers

What can be done to inspire more young women to consider a career in politics?

As early as 1966, India elected a female prime minister, becoming only the second country in the world to do so.

More than fifty years later, more women are joining politics but their number still remains low. Female leaders regularly battle gender stereotypes, prejudices and sexist trolling.

In this edition of WorklifeIndia, we speak to a transgender politician, a student leader, and a television presenter who took to politics, and ask them how politics can be made more inclusive for women.

Presenter: Devina Gupta

Contributors: Apsara Reddy, transwoman and a leader of the Congress party; Shazia Ilmi, spokesperson, Bharatiya Janata Party; Kawalpreet Kaur, student leader.

Image: Delhi Pradesh Mahila Congress president Sharmistha Mukherjee along with supporters protest against the disappearance of nine girls from East Delhi shelter home, at DPCC office, Rajiv Bhawan, on December 6, 2018 in New Delhi, India (Credit: Sonu Mehta/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

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24 minutes