Woman mayors breaking gender barriers

Ajitha Vijayan TCR Mayor

The need for woman in position of power is simple- if woman are in power, their voices are powerful. If they lack political representation, they are at the mercy of those who do. Thus, female leaders at all levels of government are indispensible for woman empowerment and women centred policy formulation.

Read through the achievements of few such woman mayors who worked to make the lower rung of government efficient and competent. 

Ajitha Vijayan is the mayor of Thrissur Municipal Corporation and an example for all. Coming from humble backgrounds, her ascension to power is one of inspiration and hard work. She became a member of CPI (M) in 1999, a councillor in 2005 and then a standing committee chairwoman. She also served as an Anganwadi teacher for more than 5 years. She is, however famous for her role as a milk delivery woman of her district. For 18 years, she provides the 200 houses of her district their daily milk packets. Surprisingly, she has continued that job after being granted the position of Mayor!

Sanyukta Bhatia, Mayor, Lucknow

Sanyukta Bhatia, a 70 year old woman from Uttar Pradesh is the first woman elected as Lucknow’s mayor in the past 100 years. Breaking all barriers of age and gender, she won with a land sliding victory in the 2017 municipal elections and brought victory for her party, BJP.

Asha Sharma, Mayor, Ghaziabad

Asha Sharma from Ghaziabad helped her district bag the first position in Swachh Bharat Abhiyan rating of Uttar Pradesh ratings. As a mayor, she has worked relentlessly to achieve what she promised in her campaigns- a clean and pollution-free city.

Sunita Verma, Mayor, Meerut Municipal Corporation

Sunita Verma is the first Dalit woman mayor of Meerut Municipal Corporation. Her victory was huge for her party, BSP as she won a hard close battle from other candidates. As a mayor, she has taken staunch stances for her district. She revokes her predecessor’s order of singing ‘Vande Mataram’ before council meetings and insisted on singing the national anthem as per the municipal board’s constitution.