In the evolving landscape of women’s decision-making and Governance in Jammu and Kashmir. Women have been increasingly breaking through the glass ceiling, claiming prominent historically male-dominated positions. This shift towards gender equity has been noteworthy, especially after the revocation of Article 370.
The trend began with Mehbooba Mufti’s historic appointment as the first woman Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir in 2016.
It took over two years after the dissolution of the PDP-BJP alliance to appoint the first woman judge, Advocate Sindhu Sharma, to the Jammu and Kashmir High Court.
These developments highlight the changing landscape of gender representation in Jammu and Kashmir. Jammu and Kashmir, a Union Territory, sees significant female leadership, like Dr. Hina Shafi Bhat, Vice Chairperson of J&K KVIB since 2018.
Dr. Darakhshan Andrabi, with experience in the Central Waqf Council of the Union Ministry of Minority Affairs, became the Chairperson of the Jammu and Kashmir Waqf Board in March 2022. She is known for her impactful reforms in the management of Waqf properties.
Both Dr. Hina and Dr. Darakhshan joined the BJP in 2014. In nine years, they have risen above seasoned politicians and male contenders to become ‘Ministers of State’ in Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha’s administration. Only the mayors of Srinagar and Jammu, who are men, match their status.
Dr. Hina and Darakhshan, as Muslim representatives in Kashmir for the BJP, enhance regional diversity with their transformative impact and vocal leadership.
In the evolving Jammu and Kashmir, these women lead the way, promoting empowerment, diversity, and fresh perspectives in regional governance.
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