Dear All,

Greetings from the UN Information Centre for India and Bhutan.

On 2nd May 2015, the eve of the anniversary of the coming into force of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, in collaboration with NGOs The Cradle and Indian Council for UN Relations, we are hosting a performance of Miracle on Wheels. This is a totally fabulous choreography that celebrates full integration of persons with disability in social processes, one of the key aims of the UN's global strategy on Disability.

While I would like to extend to you and your spouse a personal invitation to this performance, I would also be grateful if you would circulate this information among your colleagues and their families. While some of you may have seen the performance, it can be seen again and again. And for those who haven't, it is indeed a MUST-SEE!

In response to this SAVE YOUR DATE e-mail invitation and brochure, please let us know how many invites you wish to receive to this event and the address/es to where the cards should be sent.

I look forward to both your e-mail, and to greeting you at the FICCI Auditorium on 2nd May.

With best regards,

Mrs. Kiran Mehra-Kerpelman Director
United Nations Information Centre
55 Lodi Estate, New Delhi 110003


The 57th Annual Conference of the Indian Society of Labour Economics (ISLE)

Annual Conference of the Indian Society of Labour Economics (ISLE) will be held during 10 - 12 October, 2015 in Srinagar, Kashmir.

The Conference is being organised by the Department of Economics, Central University of Kashmir, Srinagar, in collaboration with the Division of Agricultural Economics, Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Kashmir.

The 57th Annual Conference will be presided over by Professor Ravi Srivastava, Centre for the Study of Regional Development, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi. Professor G.M. Bhat, Head of the Department of Economics and Dean of the School of Social Sciences, Central University of Kashmir, Srinagar, is the Organising Secretary of the Conference.

Please find attached the Announcement brochure of the 57th ISLE Annual Conference. Kindly note that the last date for submission of papers is 31 July 2015.

Kindly share this information with other interested researchers and colleagues. You can also visit our website www.isleijle.org for further updates.

Priyanka Tyagi
Communication - in - Charge
Indian Society of Labour Economics, New Delhi


Rajasthan's desert district Bikaner built the largest number of toilets in 2014-15

Bikaner also has the highest number of open defecation-free (ODF) panchayats in Rajasthan. Of the 219 gram panchayats, 180 are now open defecation-free. All this was achieved in just two years under a special sanitation programme 'Banko Bikano' (brave and beautiful) supported by the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation and the Water and Sanitation Programme of the World Bank.

Women and children were involved in the programme in a big way. Women acted as pressure groups while children kept a watch on all those who defecated in the open. They were named and shamed.

The result was amazing. Naal village became ODF within 10 days in April 2013 after it built 800 toilets in a record time.


CAG for social audits of NGOs, rural bodies

social audits These social audits would primarily be on implementing agencies - NGOs and panchayat-level bodies - which are directly funded by the Centre but are not subject to checks by the government auditor....

CAG has issued directions to all its auditors general (AGs) in states asking them to support institutionalization of social audits


Law equating leprosy with lunacy set to go

Though leprosy is curable, laws still equate people affected by the disease with those suffering from lunacy. And under provisions of several marriage acts and the Indian Divorce Act, it is a legitimate ground for divorce.

On a reference made from the law ministry to review discrimination against leprosy-afflicted people, the Law Commission has submitted a report along with a draft bill that not only recommends repeal of the Lepers Act, 1898 but seeks special privileges that are available for dalits and other marginalized classes of society.

The law panel has recommended the repeal of the provision that a leprosy-affected person cannot contest elections. It has also urged that they be given land rights and other special privileges similar to those awarded to SC/ST and other communities for their uplift.


BBC Radio to air surrender policy in Maoist belt

Foreign media may be looked at with suspicion when it comes to coverage in conflict zones but in the Naxalite hotbed, it's BBC radio that the government is relying on to win the war against Maoists.

Read full coverage http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/BBC-Radio-to-air-surrender-policy-in-Maoist-belt/articleshow/46901622.cms


Call for Papers: Social Movements and the Economy

Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management

We invite submissions for a workshop on the intersection of social movements and the economy, to be held at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management from Friday October 23 to Sunday October 25, 2015.

In recent years, we have seen the rise of a vibrant literature engaging with questions of how social movements challenge firms, support the rise of new industries, and engender field change in a variety of domains of economic activity. A growing amount of attention has also been devoted to the ways that actors with vested interests in particular types of economic activity may resist, co-opt, imitate, or partner with activist groups challenging their practices. On the whole, there is now substantial evidence of a variety of ways that social movements effectively influence the economy.

And yet there has been less recent attention paid to the inverse relationship: classic questions related to how economic forces - and the broader dynamics of capitalism - shape social movements. This is all the more remarkable given the major economic shifts that have taken place in the U.S. and abroad over the past decade, including economic crises, disruptions associated with financialization and changing corporate supply chains, the struggles of organized labor, and transformations linked to new technologies. These changes have major implications for both the theory and practice of social movement funding, claims-making, strategic decision-making, and the very targeting of states, firms, and other institutions for change.

This workshop seeks to bring together these two questions in order to engage in a thorough reconsideration of both the economic sources and the economic outcomes of social movements, with careful attention to how states intermediate each of these processes.

The keynote speaker will be John McCarthy, Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Pennsylvania State University.

The workshop is planned to start with a dinner in the evening on Friday 10/23, to conclude with morning sessions on Sunday 10/25. Invited guests will be provided with domestic travel and accommodation support.

Submissions (PDF or DOC) should include:

- A cover sheet with title, name and affiliation, and email addresses for all authors
- An abstract of 200-300 words that describes the motivation, research questions, methods, and connection to the workshop theme
- Include the attachment in an email with the subject "Social Movements and the Economy"

Please send abstracts to walker at soc.ucla.edu and b-king at kellogg.northwestern.edu by May 15, 2015. Notification of acceptance will occur on or around June 15. Contact Brayden King (b-king at kellogg.northwestern.edu) or Edward Walker (walker at soc.ucla.edu) for more information.




AIDWA dips its banner in memory of Comrade Manjari Gupta, Founder president of All India Democratic Women's Association (1981) who passed away at the age of 86 on 14.04.2015 in Kolkata. She started her journey with the women's movement as one of the foremost leaders of Pashchim Banga Ganatantrik Mahila Samiti. A successful advocate in Calcutta high court, she used her legal talents in the service of the women's movement as well. Together with Comrade Kanak Mukhopadhyay, she founded "Ek Sathe", the organ of Ganatantrik Mahila Samiti, (later merged with AIDWA), and was its co-editor for a great many years. She was herself a lucid popular writer and wrote on many legal- political issues for "Ek Sathe". Quiet in speech and manners, her firmness in following her principles was exemplary. AIDWA expresses deep condolences to Comrade Sadhan Gupta, her life- companion and co-fighter, and the rest of her family. We resolve to follow her example and always cherish her memory with respect and affection.

Long Live Comrade Manjari Gupta.
Secretariat & CEC members of AIDWA



We are happy to announce the screening of 'Our Marriages' a film by Dr. He Xiaopei.

"Our Marriages - Lesbians Marry Gay Men" follows the negotiations, the weddings, and the lives of four lesbians for two years in a big city in the North East of China, documenting their maneuvers and problems. The film raises important questions and reflections in regard to the marriage institution and homosexual life in contemporary Chinese society"

The film screening will be followed by a panel discussion with Prof. Nivedita Menon (Feminist Academician), Jaya Sharma ( Queer Feminist Activist) and Dr. Xe Xiaopei (Director, Pink Space Sexuality, China) as panelists. The discussion will be moderated by Rituparna.

The film screening is also an opportunity to announce our organisation called Nazariya - A Queer Feminist Resource Group. Nazariya is a non-profit organisation started in October 2014 by a group of queer feminist activists. Located in Delhi/NCR with a South Asian presence, Nazariya was formed to work with organizations, groups and individuals that are working on issues of gender based violence, livelihoods, education and health, to build their perspective on issues of gender and sexuality from a queer perspective.

Date: 2nd May (Saturday)
Time: 7 PM
Venue: Casuarina hall (India Habitat Centre)

Hope to see you all there.
Rituparna and Ritambhara
(on behalf of the Nazariya team)


Partners of Law in Development (PLD)

PLD release a comprehensive resource book in Hindi on the Sexual Harassment of Women at the Workplace Act.

The book 'Karyasthal Par Mahilaon Ka Yaun Utpeedan' is a comprehensive guide on The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013. Written in simple Hindi, it is accessible to grassroots workers, committee members and lawyers alike, and enables implementation of the Act in a gender-just manner. The guide explains the provisions of the legislation, and also administrative and civil procedures not spelt out in the Act, but necessary to conduct inquiries as per the rules of natural justice. In addition, it also contains in Hindi: the text of the Act, the Rules and the Vishaka judgment, along with common myths and realities associated with sexual harassment at the workplace.

To place your order, please send an email to resources@pldindia.org.


Eighth India International Geographical Union (IGU)

on Landuse, Water, Climate and Urban Health In Changing Urban Environments

When: November 4-6 2015
Where: SNDT Women's University, Pune Campus-411 038, Maharashtra, India

IGU adheres to the International Council for Science (ICSU) and the International Social Science Council (ISSC), which are recognized as coordinating bodies for the international organization of science. Besides promoting the study of geographical problems, IGU initiate and co-ordinate geographical research requiring international co-operation and to promote its scientific discussion by way of organizing regional / international meetings/ seminars/ conferences/symposia related to the objectives of the Union.



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