Celebrating the Resilience of Women and Girls

In the Face of Violence

Tuesday, November 4, 2014, 7:15 pm

Dear All,

We are delighted to share with you an invitation to attend a classical music performance to promote the Music for Life initiative which raises donations for the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women on 4 November 2014 at the India Habitat Centre at 7.15pm. The theme of the evening is Celebrating the Resilience of Women and Girls in the Face of Violence.

Please see the flyer below and attached for more information and feel free to collect passes at the Neemrana Shop (23-B) in Khan Market and at the Programme Desk of the India Habitat Centre, or let me know in case you need passes, and how many.

We hope you will be able to join us!

The Coordination Team

Music For Life International, UN Women India & UN Trust Fund To End Violence Against Women
PRESENT An Evening of Opera Arias, Chamber and Hindustani Music
Celebrating the Resilience of Women and Girls
In the Face of Violence

Tuesday, November 4, 2014, 7:15 pm
Stein Auditorium, Habitat World, India Habitat Centre
Entry at Gate #3, Vardhaman Marg, New Delhi 110003


Music of Lili Boulanger, Sylvie Bodorová, Giuseppe Verdi, Igor Stravinsky, Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov, and others

Elmira Darvarova, Violin (former Concertmaster, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra)
Chandrima Roy Majumdar, Sarod
Mark Kuss, Piano
George Mathew, Piano


H.E. Lise Grande, United Nations Resident Coordinator India
George Mathew, Artistic Director, Music for Life International
Meghana Rao, Deputy Director, Breakthrough, India
Rebecca Reichmann Tavares, UN Women Representative

Free passes available on a first-come-first-served basis after
October 24, 2014 at Habitat World Programmes Desk, India Habitat Center, New Delhi & The Neemrana Shop 23-B, Khan Market, New Delhi


Reading Challenge

Thursday, 30 October 2014 to Wednesday, 5 November 2014
Delhi Public School, Raipur

The Reading Challenge is a massive reading promotion programme for children and young people in the UK. It is conceptualised by The Reading Agency in collaboration with the Arts Council England and the BBC and now runs in libraries and schools all over the world. In the Reading Challenge children are challenged to read a range of books and are encouraged to complete the challenge with an exciting range of incentives and activities.

The aim of the challenge is to get children to read a wide variety of books from the specially selected list on different themes. Whether the child is just beginning to pick up books, or is an avid reader already, the Reading Challenge will fire up their imagination.

465 children from Delhi Public School, Raipur will participate in the Reading Challenge. On completing the challenge successfully, they will receive a certificate and all exceptional performers will be rewarded with a medal.

For details, please contact Monali Paladhi at (+91 33) 40074341 or write to monali.paladhi@britishcouncil.org


All-India Photo Contest on the topic "Don't Stand By! Combat Gender Violence."

The American Center New Delhi is excited to announce that the deadline for participation in the contest has been extended until Friday, October 31. If you haven't unleashed the shutterbug in you yet and sent us positive photographs that depict how the efforts of an individual, community, or an organization can combat gender-based violence and promote women's empowerment, send it to us now! Stand a chance to win an iPad Air and many more prizes!

For more details, please visit: http://goo.gl/Jngbyq. #SPAN #AmCenterND


Centre for Equity Studies
Human Rights Alert (HRA)

Extra Judicial Execution Victim Families Association (EEVFAM)

Cordially Invite You To A Dialogue On Social Security and Livelihood for Single Women Affected by AFSPA in Manipur At Conference Hall, Human Rights Alert, Imphal Tuesday, 4 November 2014 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Please join us for lunch after the event

Babloo Loitongbam: 09862008838 bloitongbam@gmail.com
Reenu Takhellambam: 08132822797 renu.eevfam@gmail.com
Monika Khangembam: 09862708772 monika_elixir@yahoo.com
Agrima Bhasin: 09873646440 agrimabhasin1267@gmail.com


Men and Boys for Gender Justice Film Festival at


Dear friends,

Do see these films and meet the curator too - Smriti Nevatia! DO help circulate this among those you think would be interested.

  • Men and Boys for Gender Justice Film Festival
  • 6-9 Nov 2014
  • School of Arts & Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
  • 6 November at 17:00 to 9 November at 20:15
  • Hosted by IAWRT India
  • Curator : Smriti Nevatia

... showcasing films that train their lenses on "masculinities", portray many different ways of "being men", and focus on how people of all genders do the work of undoing patriarchy in our communities and our own lives ...

Click here for the Festival Schedule

Facebook link (which has film stills and many more details):


Archana Women's Center

Dear Friends,

We are celebrating the revolutionary change we had initiated 25 years ago by making helper women in construction sector to become skilled masons and earn at par with men. Women masons, brick producers, and carpenters [women] from all part of the state will gather on 9th November at Archana Women's Center to celebrate their path breaking experiences. All friends are welcome to join hands to endorse our challenging efforts.

Thresiamma Mathew
Archana Women's Center
Ettumanoor, Kottayam.


People's Union for Democratic Rights

Organizes a Public Meeting on Strangulating Democratic Dissent


  • Gautam Navlakha (People's Union for Democratic Rights, Delhi)
  • S. Seshaiah (Civil Liberties Committee, Andhra Pradesh)
  • Payal Sarkar (Jadavpur University, West Bengal)
  • Pramod Ranjan (Forward Press, Delhi)

Date: 1st November
Time: 4 pm to 6 pm
Venue: Conference Hall, 4th Floor
N.D.Tiwari Bhavan (next to Gandhi Peace Foundation) 219, Deendayal Upadhyay Marg, New Delhi

Much in negation with the values enshrined in the Indian Constitution, the functioning of the 'democratic state' is increasingly witnessing violent assault on people's rights and the very existence of those who dare to be the dissident voices has been jeopardized. The global profile of India as the world's largest democracy is sustained through the observance of certain democratic rights incorporated as 'fundamentals' into the constitution of the nation. The constitution guarantees the right to freedom of speech and expression, to peaceful assembly, to form associations and freedom of movement as some of the fundamental rights. The guarantee of these basic rights also ensures that these freedoms must be exercised by people to demand for the same in case of their aberrations. In such a scenario, the constitutional democracy of India recognizes peaceful protest and other such modes of democratic dissent as a vital means to ensure the guarantee of fundamental rights.

However, the recent chronicle has been replete with instances of mass violation of civil and democratic rights of people across the country. In the state of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, there have been three attacks on civil liberties groups within a month through arbitrary and illegal detentions. A one-day convention of the Forum for Alternative Politics in Hyderabad on 21 Sep 2014 was prevented in the most unconstitutional manner. Organizers were detained prior to the event while some passenger trains to Hyderabad were cancelled to stop people from reaching the venue. Then, on the night of September 27, the CLC President, District President, Vice President and General Secretary were put under house arrest to prevent the holding of a meeting on the Operation Green Hunt in Tirupati. The meeting was being convened by 42 organizations. In a repetition of events, on 9 October, civil liberties activists and human rights defenders in Vishakhapatnam were arrested when they were trying to hold a Press Conference to announce a meeting that was proposed to be held protesting Operation Green Hunt. On 8 September in Manipur, human rights activists were arrested without any warrant or memo from a peaceful preparatory meeting for a proposed talk with the government on the Inner Line Permit System in Manipur on 8 September. In another appalling incident in Delhi, on 9 October, Delhi Police raided the offices of Forward Press, an anti-caste magazine, and confiscated copies of its October issue on grounds that it carried objectionable material about Goddess Durga. The police illegally detained four staffers of the magazine and confiscated copies of the magazine from stalls around Delhi without any official order.

Meanwhile, the repression on organized protests of students, youth and women continues unabated. In West Bengal, in the month of September, hundreds of students of Jadavpur University were set upon by armed police within the university premises when they were peacefully demanding university action on a complaint of sexual harassment by a woman student. In early September, the Delhi Police informed activists of AISA, RYA and AIPWA that a charge-sheet has been filed against a few of the leading members for their participation in a protest outside the residence of the then Chief Minister on December 19 2012 against the gang rape of the young physiotherapy student in a moving bus on December 16 rape. Further back on June 6, women activists were manhandled by Delhi Police at Jantar Mantar in Delhi while protesting against the forcible eviction of the four rape survivors from Bhagana in Haryana who had been camping there since June in the pursuit of justice.

These instances of state brutality have been justified as "preventive detention" in the name of law and order measures while actually impeding efforts of democratic opposition. The repression is symptomatic of the anxiety of the state and administration to curb these movements by constricting the physical space they claim. In the light of these developments, it becomes inevitable to reflect upon the existing state of democracy in India and work towards safeguarding the democratic space that respects the fundamental element of criticism and dissent in a democracy.


Invitation for a talk

Professor Nilakantha Rath (an economist formerly at the Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics in Pune and currently with the Indian School of Political Economy, Pune) is giving a public lecture at the India International Centre at 6.30 PM on the evening of 30 October 2014. He will speak on issues related to public policy regarding planning in the context of the ongoing developments about the Planning Commission. His description of his talk is below, as are the details of the venue and timing.

  • Speaker: Prof. Nilakantha Rath, Indian School of Political Economy, Pune
  • Venue: Seminar Hall 1 (Kamaladevi Complex), India International Centre
  • Time: 6.30 PM; Thursday, 30 October 2014 (tea before the talk)
  • Title: Planning - past and future

On 15th August 2014, the Prime Minister announced the demise of the Planning Commission. Economists and others have since then written its obituaries. I recognize many of its achievements and will avoid repeating them. Instead, I will present two glaring failures of the Planning Commission: (a) in the economic allocation of critical economic resources, and (b) by the unplanned and inadequate provision for socio-economic infrastructure, both of which have cost heavily in political, economic and social terms. Serious thought needs to be given to these in the emerging situation, in whatever functional means replace the Planning Commission.

Do please feel free to circulate this invitation to anybody who may be interested; all are welcome!


Death threats to an activist from Manipur

Women, peace and disarmament activist from Manipur, Binalakshmi Nepram has received death threats

Women, peace and disarmament activist from Manipur, Binalakshmi Nepram has received death threats. The first threat on Oct 18 came from an armed insurgent group for her peace and disarmament work. The second threat came on Oct 20 from "someone who see our voice against racism as a threat to India". This was stated in a statement issued by Manipur Women Gun Survivors Network & Control Arms Foundation of India. - See more at: http://www.thethumbprintmag.com/death-threats-to-binalakshmi-nepram/#sthash.onXSkv4W.dpuf


First international parliamentarian TB summit precedes the Union World Conference on Lung Health

The Global TB Summit, an inaugural meeting bringing together elected parliamentarians from across the world, is taking place today (27 October) in Barcelona in advance of the opening of the 45th Union World Conference on Lung Health.

Co-organised by The Union and the UK All Party Parliamentary Group on Global TB, the Summit aims to galvanise political will to tackle tuberculosis and create a clear vision for the role of parliamentarians in combatting the epidemic.

MPs from sevendifferent countries drawn from both developed and developing countries, who share a particular interest in TB, are working together to identify shared priorities for addressing current TB challenges and for pursuing the research and development of new medicines, diagnostics and vaccines needed to eliminate the disease.

Organisers hope that the Summit will lead to the foundation of a Global TB Caucus, a globe-spanning network of parliamentarians working in unison to drive the necessary political will to fight the disease.


New Research On Abortion Stigma

Abortion stigma is under-researched and few conceptual and methodological tools exist to measure its effects. In an effort to broaden the discussion around abortion stigma and spark further research and critical thinking, Women and Health has published a special issue on abortion stigma compiling articles examining the topic. The special issue was conceptualized and co-edited by Kate Cockrill, Executive Director of the Sea Change program, Leila Hessini and Kristen Shellenberg from Ipas, and Katrina Kimport, Assistant Professor at the Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health program at the University of California, San Francisco.



For the second time this year, World Development, a leading peer-reviewed development journal, has published Landesa's research. This article assesses the short and long term impact of food security for families who participated in a micro-plot program by the government of West Bengal, India in partnership with Landesa. This piece of research builds on Landesa's work in India and resulted from collaboration between Landesa's Research, Monitoring and Evaluation team and the International Food Policy Research Institute.


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