We are pleased to invite you to a 'Feminist Dialogue on Envisioning Justice' on December 14,2013 from 4.00-6.00 p.m. at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi.
The panelists include Eve Ensler, Kamla Bhasin, Kumkum Sangari,Vimal Thorat, Vrinda Grover and Shabnam Hashmi and would be moderated by Seema Mustafa.
Please feel free to share this widely with your colleagues and friends.
For more information on the One Billion Rising Campaign please see the following:
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JAGORI Resource Centre
B-114, Shivalik, Malviya Nagar
NEW DELHI 110017
Helpline: (011) 2669 2700
Fax: (011) 2669 1221
Website: www.jagori.org/ www.safedelhi.in
New Palestinian Writing on Exile & Home
WINS THE MIDDLE EAST MONITOR (UK) AWARD
FOR BEST BOOK ON PALESTINE 2012
MEMO Book Awards 2013 honoured Raja Shehadeh and Penny Johnson on
Thursday, 14 November 2013.
Palestine Book Awards
At the 2013 MEMO Palestine Book Awards held at the London Hilton Paddington prizes were awarded to honour outstanding authors who have written on Palestine over the last year. The judges for this year's prize were Victoria Brittain, Ibrahim Darwish, Haifa Zangana, Peter Clarke and Ahmad Khalidi. The finalists gathered in London, along with many guests from the literary, publishing and media worlds.
The 2013 General Prize was awarded to Penny Johnson and Raja Shehadeh and accepted by Susan Abulhawa, one of the contributing authors to Seeking Palestine. Victoria Brittain described the book as a "unanimous choice" for the judges.
The sponsors of the MEMO prize have decided, with warm support from Raja, that the prize money this year will go to Defence of Children International in Palestine, specifically for their work today in the Silwan and Ras Khamees areas of Jerusalem where new home demolitions are under way with many more under imminent threat of demolition.
Nov. 27, 2013 sees the launch of our new book on Palestine:
GOLDA SLEPT HERE
by Suad Amiry
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The 2013 Prajnya 16 Days Campaign against Gender Violence
The Violence of the Norm
A series of short skits followed by discussion
on how normative ideas of gender, desire, and relationships impact us all.
At the ICA Programme Centre, Pantheon Road, Egmore, Chennai 600008
On Tuesday, December 3, 2013 (Tuesday), from 4 to 6:30 p.m.
Volunteers of Orinam,
a Chennai-based collective working on issues of sexuality and gender identity,
will facilitate the programme.
All are welcome.
Our mailing address is:
The Prajnya Trust
PII-ICRC Best Humanitarian Reporting Awards 2013
Journalists of *The Hindu, The Week *and the *Greater Kashmir*
newspaper shared the first three prizes respectively for the competition for the best
print article on the theme, Violence against Health Care Services and
Personnel *- *Operating in the Face of Danger organised by the Press
Institute of India and the International Committee of the Red Cross.
"Today, we recognise the work of those who took it upon themselves to write
about a lesser known, often under-reported, and overlooked humanitarian
issue - the problem of violence against health care providers and
facilities - one of the most crucial humanitarian challenges facing us in
the world today" said Mary Werntz, Head of Regional Delegation of the
International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in New Delhi.
Anumeha Yadav of *The Hindu* won the first prize, Mini Thomas of *The
Week*and Imran Muzaffar of *Greater
Kashmir* shared jointly the second prize. The winners were chosen from some
30 published articles short-listed from nearly 40 entries received.
The three prizes were given at a function held in New Delhi after a panel
discussion on the theme, Violence against Health Care Services and
Personnel - Operating in the Face of Danger was moderated by P.N. Vasanti,
Director of the Centre for Media Studies. The panellists and jury members
were Pamela Philipose, Director and Editor-in-Chief of Women's Features
Service, A.J. Philip, senior journalist and Jaya Shreedhar, founding
member of the Centre for Security Analysis.
The awards, in its sixth year, were organised by the ICRC and the Press
Institute of India (PII) to recognise articles highlighting a humanitarian
concern and published in an Indian national or regional newspaper or
ICRC is an impartial, neutral and independent organisation whose
exclusively humanitarian mission is to protect the lives and dignity of
victims of armed conflict and other situations of violence and to provide
them with assistance, while PII is an organisation working for sustaining
high standards in journalism through research and training programmes.
-- Sashi Nair
In 1996, the 81st Constitutional Amendment Bill was proposed in Parliament for women reservation in Parliament and State Legislative Assemblies to ensure participatory Democracy and thereby political empowerment of women.. To resolve the matter, a Joint Parliamentary Committee was formed under the Chairpersonship of Smt. Gita Mukherjee
The passage of the 33% Women's Reservation Bill in the Rajya Sabha on 9th March 2010, brought a sense of optimism in the women of this country about its being passed by the Lok Sabha and becoming a law. Unfortunately, after more than 3 years also this Bill still awaits its passage in the Lok Sabha.
This has brought a sense of disappointment among women's organizations and to all those committed for political empowerment of women. The participation of women in the Panchayats with 33% and even 50% reservation is bringing a change in the thought process at the local level. It has brought lakhs of women in the political arena and slowly they are able to mark their presence.
Together, we have all struggled for this right of women. The time has come to carry forward our relentless struggle especially in these difficult times when vested interests are trying to sabotage the passage of this Bill.
Now NFIW is organising a 21 day Joint Action programme in front of Parliament at Jantar Mantar from 25 November 2013, the International Day of Violence against women, to 16 December 2013, the first anniversary of the gruesome assault on Nirbhaya in Delhi . It is a National Dharna to demand the passage of the 33% Women's Reservation Bill in the coming winter session of Parliament. We all have been together in these struggles and hope to get continued support on this issue and in this programme.
This Dharna intends to highlight the growing violence and crime against women at all levels, be it structural violence like poverty and inequality, invisible violence such as violation of human rights, denial of health and education and visible violence like sexual assaults and increasing crime against women.
We firmly believe that women's equal participation in decision-making processes will ensure implementation of policies and schemes that empower women. Unless women get at least 1/3rd representation in Parliament and Legislative Assemblies, achieving gender equality and human rights of women will remain a distant dream.
We expect your wholehearted support to this cause. Please participate in this Dharna and express your solidarity with this joint movement.
Dear All, Greetings to you.
I am sharing a brief note on South Asian Women's Day, I hope you are busy preparing for South Asian Women's Day on the 30th of November. This year Sangat and several partners from the region are celebrating South Asian Women's Solidarity with the participants of Sangat's 18th Asian Feminist Capacity Building Course and Sangat Bangladesh in Dhaka.
The Sunila Abeyasekara Memorial Lecture instituted by Sangat is also being organized by Sangat, People's SAARC , SAAPE (South Asian Alliance for Poverty Eradication) and Nijera Kori. It will feature the Nimalka Fernando from Sri Lanka as the speaker. The Meeto Memorial Awards ceremony and the South Asian Launch of One Billion Rising 2014 will also take place on the 30th. Those of you in Dhaka please do join us. I will be sharing the invitation with all of you shortly.
Celebrating South Asian Women's Day
For Peace, Justice, Human Rights and Democracy
30th November 2013
South Asian Women's Day celebrates the voices of South Asian women, their rights and belief in peace, justice, human rights and democracy. Following the declaration of this day by Sangat - A South Asian Feminist Network - in October 2002, every year, several organisations have come together as part of the International Fortnight Campaign against violence against women to express South Asian women's solidarity for peace, justice, human rights and democracy. Our effort is to create consciousness as South Asians for concerns in our region, to forge friendships across borders and support each other in creating a more peaceful South Asia. We mark this day every year to raise the voices of South Asian women, to express solidarity and demand for a violence free world.
This year with the ongoing ONE BILLION RISING CAMPAIGN we would like to invite you to symbolically connect all the on going activities in the different regions on the 30th of November as a mark of solidarity and rise for justice. The OBR campaign in South Asia was considered one of the most vibrant in the world in terms of its outreach as well as depth in February 2013.
This year we believe that we can together strengthen women's voices across the region to shake patriarchy to its roots and challenge violence in all its forms. It is important as South Asians to come together, to express our solidarity and raise our voices against injustice and rise for peace, justice, human rights and democracy.
With increasing fundamentalism, protracted conflicts, human rights violations and various forms of violence on women, we need to strengthen our collective efforts. We invite you to join hands across the region to raise our voices in solidarity with women and men everywhere to root out violence and demand justice.
Every year, men and women of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma India, Pakistan, Maldives, Sri Lanka, and Tibet gather to speak in one firm voice about the need to reinforce democracy, peace, human rights and dialogue in the region. This year let us all rise together in solidarity for a safer world for women and girls.
Pictures from South Asian Women's Day Celebrations in 2012
- Ask activists to gather women's stories of resistance to highlight the voices of women and share them with others across the borders
- Begin to reach out to the groups in your own countries that already participated in OBR and involve them in activities around 30th November
- Organise a gathering of women and men at around 4:30 pm in your region to light candles, and stand in solidarity with other human rights defenders in the region.
- Share your plans, activities and campaign materials with others in the region
- Share Pictures and videos of women and men rising for justice in the region
United Nations Public Lecture Series
One year later: Taking stock on Progress to End Violence against Women
by Ms. Indira Jaising, Additional Solicitor-General, Supreme Court of India
Monday 25 November 2013, 17:00 - 18:30
Teen Murti Bhawan
Women Against Sexual Violence and State Repression
invites you to a public meeting on Sexual violence against women in Muzaffarnagar
30 November 2013 (2-5 pm)
at ISI, 20 Lodhi Institutional Area, New Delhi
Condemn the politics of communal violence!
Women's bodies are not your battlefields!
The explosion of communal violence in Muzaffarnagar, Shamli and adjoining districts of Uttar Pradesh is the latest in a long series of such atrocities. The Nellie massacre of 1983, the anti-Sikh carnage of 1984, the 2002 pogrom in Gujarat, the attacks on Christians in Orissa in 2007 and 2008, the communal violence in 2012 in Assam, as well as other incidents and episodes, too many to count, are still bywords for horror. The unwillingness of the political and administrative system to make itself accountable has led not only to the loss of innocent lives, but to the permanent uprooting and displacement of lakhs of people who have little hope of justice, reparation or restoration of their lives.
Even in this blood-stained history, Gujarat 2002 stands out for the unprecedented explosion of sexual violence that was unleashed on Muslim women. Despite the public outrage and the many pledges of preventing a repetition of this horrifying scenario, the violence in Muzzafarnagar is a warning that the strategy piloted in Gujarat is still a central element of the right-wing political arsenal, rooted as it is in the age-old perception of women - whether Hindu or Muslim - as the 'property' of the community and as the repositories of 'community honour'.
In Muzaffarnagar, iflammatory speeches and frenzied slogans of 'bahu bachao, beti bachao' and 'beti bahu ki izzat bachao' were used to mobilise men of the dominant castes by convincing them that "their women" were in imminent danger. The notion of protecting community honour was invoked to justify a direct call for targeted 'retaliatory' violence against Muslim women. A wave of sexual violence was unleashed against women immediately after the Mahapanchayat. Women and girls were chased down as they tried to flee the mobs, and subjected to rape and gang rape. Young girls were singled out for particularly humiliating and degrading forms of violence.
The collusion between patriarchy and communalism has been starkly exposed in Muzaffarnagar. Patriarchal control of women's sexuality and opposition to the idea of women's freedom of choices in relationships has been given new dimensions by the gatekeepers of caste and community, who have created the fiction of 'love jihad' to camouflage the reality of sexual violence.
As in Gujarat, the impact of the riots has been magnified and intensified by the passivity, if not the outright collusion, of the local administration. The Mahapanchayat of 7 September was allowed to proceed despite its being a blatant violation of prohibitory orders. There are little or no arrangements for provision of even basic minimum foodgrains, health-care or sanitation in the camps where victims are housed in inhuman conditions. There has been no action on the question of return and rehabilitation of the victims, who continue to be openly hounded and threatened by the aggressors. Women are being intimidated to remain silent about the sexual violence to which they have been subjected.
As the virus of communal politics gathers force once again in the countdown to the 2014 elections, sexual violence is once again being deployed as a tool to secure electoral gains. We fear that Muzaffarnagar is only the beginning - there will be more such attempts to turn women's bodies into battlefields where contending parties vie for votes.
As women, as feminists and as citizens committed to human rights and democracy, we must and will counter the anti-women, anti-democratic methods and means being deployed by a shamelessly patriarchal, communal and violent political system that is clearly bereft of all morality.
We call on all democratic and peace-loving people to expose, condemn and oppose those who are turning women's bodies into battlegrounds for petty political gains. Join us in demanding justice and reparation for the women who are confronting and resisting the politics of sexual violence in Muzaffarnagar as well as in other parts of the country.
Women Against Sexual Violence and State Repression
For more information, contact: 09910306382, 09810201369
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