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The ‘Padwoman’ of Punjab who trumped Sidhu and Majithia

Jeevan Jyot Kaur, a relative beginner in politics managed to bag 39,679 votes to grow to be a first-time MLA from Amritsar East. The activist-turned-politician managed to defeat Navjot Singh Sidhu-who managed solely 32,929 votes and Bikramjit Singh Majithia – who managed solely 25,188 votes. Each the candidates had by no means been defeated earlier than.

Lengthy earlier than the nation heard of Jeevan Jyot Kaur, the 50-year-old politician emerged as one in all AAP’s most essential large slayers within the 2022 polls. Punjab knew her because the state’s personal ‘Padwoman’, who actively promoted reusable sanitary pads, however it’s a new function that she had been hesitant to slide in. It was 2015, Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Social gathering (AAP) was in search of a shrewd celebration employee for its Punjab wing and had thought of Jeevan for the place. “Initially, I did not wish to be a part of. I used to be working as a social activist and thought it was pointless to hitch a political celebration. Nevertheless, I contemplated my resolution later. Additionally, my mom, who’s a die-hard fan of Arvind Kejriwal, satisfied me to hitch AAP.” says Kaur.

Jeevan’s political journey began as AAP’s spokesperson. She was then appointed as co-president of AAP’s girls wing in Punjab, and later she went on to grow to be President of the AAP’s Amritsar wing. In 2019, she upped the ladder to grow to be the celebration’s marketing campaign coordinator within the 2019 Lok Sabha election and the nationwide spokesperson of AAP throughout the Delhi Meeting elections in 2020. Now she is among the many 13 feminine MLAs within the Punjab Legislative Meeting.

Jeevan Jyot has been a widely known patron of a number of social welfare programmes lengthy earlier than coming into politics. Therefore, her guarantees of a drug-free society, free electrical energy, and clear water provide may need resonated properly among the many residents of Amritsar.

“Again in class, I was an excellent orator. I used to be an all-rounder who liked taking agency choices for me and my classmates”. After finishing her LLB from Chaudhary Charan Singh College, Jeevan Jyot determined to volunteer for her dad and mom’ NGO. The Shri Hemkunt Schooling Society or S.H.E. Society works within the discipline of schooling, well being, and ladies empowerment.

Presently the chairperson, Jeevan Jyot additionally tries to teach women and get rid of taboos round durations (menstrual cycle). “We surveyed tons of of colleges within the interiors of Punjab to check menstruation-related issues amongst teenage women. We discovered that majority of them couldn’t afford to buy a single sanitary pad,” says Jeevan Jyot. Later, she began a marketing campaign to supply free-of-cost sanitary napkins to a number of colleges, girls in jails, and old-age houses, incomes her the moniker of Punjab’s ‘Padwoman’.

She additionally collaborated with EcoFemme, a Pondicherry-based organisation and a Swiss agency to fabricate reusable, natural, and anti-bacterial pads for ladies.

“We produced a two-hour-long menstrual programme and launched a undertaking referred to as EcoShe-Revolution. We lined round 500 colleges, and distributed the sanitary napkin-kit freed from value.” The EcoShe undertaking has since travelled outdoors Punjab as properly. Presently, the undertaking is working with girls in Haryana and Bihar. “We additionally did a presentation in Home of Frequent in London,” says Jeevan Jyot Kaur.

At current, her NGO is working 4 tasks together with EcoShe Revolution. The opposite three tasks are– Mission ‘Aabaad’, ‘Badlaav’, ‘Ek Nai Soch’, and ‘SHP Faculty’.

All through her profession as an activist Jeevan has labored for ladies empowerment and after her debut as an MLA, she vows to proceed to do the identical. ‘I might work to make our girls financially impartial by boosting ability improvement programmes and Self-help teams in Punjab.’ She additionally desires to encourage increasingly feminine participation in politics and claims that her celebration will work on it, grooming extra girls for the upcoming elections. Though the 117-member Punjab meeting has solely 13 feminine representatives, the quantity has doubled from the earlier home that had solely six girls.

She additionally asks the youth to hitch politics. “It is time, the kids begin becoming a member of politics. As a substitute of working away from Punjab, they need to work right here for his or her betterment. You see, good laws will help present an answer to the mass exodus of our youth to Canada, Australia, and different international locations. It isn’t a tough job.” says the first-time MLA from Amritsar East.

From a unending drug downside to unemployment and mass exodus of youth to different international locations, Jeevan Jyot Kaur has a protracted and uphill job forward of her. Nevertheless, as Jeevan says, “There aren’t any clean roads in life; all you want is the willpower to chart your individual method ahead,” with this understanding, the newly-elected MLA has begun her journey in institutional politics.

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