Urban Action School (UAS)

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Advanced Six Day Course on Feminist theory and practice

17th October to 22nd October, 2016

Venue: Institute for Public Enterprise (IPE), Osmania University Campus, Near Tarnaka, Hyderabad, Telangana, India

Closing date for applications: 10th July 2016 (midnight IST)

This is a call for applications for the UAS short course on feminism. Designed as an advanced course covering several critical areas of the feminist discourse both in theory and practice, it is essentially a mid-career training for the mid and senior level activists, policy advocates, lawyers, journalists, researchers, and all categories of policy practitioners in this space. The UAS is intended for the benefit of action researchers and social activists, with the objective of building the knowledge base of the participants and to complement action research and field based activism. The course is meant as a space for practitioners to upgrade their knowledge, to provide a space for reflection, for sharing and for acquiring new and useful skills, which in turn helps the participant to do better in her/his work. It is meant to make a difference to the person as well as to the organization/movement/company in which she/he works.

Who can apply

Open to all: social workers, political activists, community organizations, urban local bodies, media people, government officials, elected peoples' representatives working and dealing with feminists issues and movements, gender rights practioners, lawyers, woman's rights activists etc. Experienced professionals will have an advantage in enrolling for this course, and a minimum of five years of experience will be preferred. However the course is not necessarily restricted only to those who work solely in the area of gender, on women's rights and issues.

Course Content

The course attempts to strengthen the existing knowledge of professionals working in different areas while providing them with new information and cutting edge perspectives through a feminist lens.

The course, through lectures, readings, movies, and panels, will broadly cover feminism and feminist theory through the below listed subjects that have been chosen to help cover a wide range of issues with layered and unique entry points.

Feminism: Global to local; learning, adapting within contexts
Issues in feminist theory today
Feminist movement in India
Understanding economics and politics through a feminist lens
Gender Economics of the un-organised sector
Feminism, youth and urban spaces
Sex work, society and the law
Technology and gender
Erotica, pornography and censorship
Gender and caste
Patriarchy, the family
Gendered violence/ Domestic Violence
Negotiating the State and the law
Personal law and the Uniform Civil Code


Boarding and lodging as well as course materials will be taken care of by the host organizations. The participants have to take care of their travel to and from the venue. Overhead costs pertaining to the course related activities such as field visits, stationary, reading materials etc. will be borne by the hosts.

PLEASE NOTE: The course is strictly residential. Participants are expected to stay at the venue even if they are from Hyderabad or nearby. Those who are not sure of being able to stay at the venue are advised not to apply. All participants are expected to stay through the entire course and not leave halfway unless there are compelling reasons like a sudden family emergency. Applicants must remember that leaving midway without sufficiently valid reason is likely to affect the prospects of others from their organization who might apply for other courses at UAS in the future. These restrictions are designed to ensure equity and inclusiveness across all participants.

Course Fee The Urban Action School will be charging the selected students to pay a small nominal application fee of INR 3000 for the entire duration of the course. This is inclusive of boarding and lodging and the course itself. You will be asked to pay this amount if you are selected as a participant. A demand draft in the name of 'Institute of Public Enterprise' can then be mailed/ couriered to the address below. This will confirm your participation in the course. Further details will be shared with the selected participants.

For questions and queries please write to

The Course Coordinator, Urban Action School,
ActionAid India, Plot No 21, Brooke Bond Colony, Karkhana, Hyderabad - 500015, Telangana, India.
Phone: +91-40-40149631, + 91-40- 65445410. Email: urbanschool@ciric.in


Swaraj Abhiyan

Swaraj Abhiyan connected the students in cities with the agrarian distress in drought-affected districts of the country by asking them to stay in the villages and participate in a project called 'Drought Duty'.

'Drought Duty' Took These Students to Drought Areas

About 500 students applied for the programme and over a hundred visited affected villages in various states.


ESIC To Offer Free Health Check-Up

In a bid to improve the health of mothers and their infants, the Employees' State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) has decided to offer free annual health check-up to insured members with age 40 and above under its health insurance scheme. Besides, it has launched a web-based application where registration can be done for immunisation of children till they turn five.

"A large section of insured persons work under harsh and hazardous industrial environments and hence, are more likely to develop illnesses," a statement issued by ESIC read.

Besides routine examination, the check-up will include tests for blood sugar, kidney, liver, check X-Ray and ECG. ESIC will maintain an electronic record of the reports.

The health insurance scheme run by the ESIC provides cover to not only the two crore insured persons but also to their dependents. Thus, the scheme covers around 10 crore people in the country.


7th International Conference on Social Science and Humanities (ICSSH),

When: 7-8 November 2016,
Where: Nanyang Technological University, Nanyang Executive Centre, Singapore
Deadline for Abstract/Paper Submissions: August 15, 2016
Contact E-Mail ID: info@gahssr.org
Conference Convener: Dr. Dorothy C
Languages: English, Chinese, Arabic, Thai, Persian
(Vernacular Session will be organized for minimum 5 or more participants of particular language)

Call For Papers

International Academic Conferences promote international dissemination of knowledge and development of cross-national academic fraternity. The participants come from different backgrounds and countries. They share their researches, experiences and informally create long-lasting bonds.

It has been commonly observed that people lack the motivation and confidence of taking part in international events, basically due to self-made or cultural inhibitions.

We recognize this factor, and we make sure to support and motivate first timers and also seasoned academicians by:

Generating your academic and professional relationships

  • Boosting your morale and confidence of presenting your research in an international platform
  • Clearing your inhibitions of adjusting to the foreign environment
  • Providing a holistic experience of academic tourism

The participation in the international conference may be under following categories:

  • Original Research Articles
  • Published Articles
  • Research Poster
  • Dissertation/ PhD Synopsis
  • Research Abstract
  • Listener/ Co-author
  • Absentia
  • Abstract/ Paper/ Synopsis Submission

Prospective authors are invited to submit Full Papers/ Abstract of Original Research work or, Synopsis of PhD/Dissertation, Published work, View-points or Way Forward/ Poster by filling the online application form.

Best Paper Award

The Best Paper Award will be selected by our Award Committee. Every conference carries this award and the winner is awarded with an e-certificate post conference by email.



Announcing a learning event to celebrate 20 years of Eldis: From dial-up to the data revolution: Learning from 20 years of digital knowledge sharing for global development.

On 15 and 16 September Eldis will host a two-day workshop at IDS in Brighton to reflect on the key lessons from the first 20 years (or more) of digital knowledge sharing in global development and to examine the challenges and opportunities for our sector moving forward.

The principle objectives of the event are:

  1. To share learning on the current "state-of- the-art" in digital knowledge sharing theory and practice.
  2. To identify opportunities and build collaboration around the future role of digital knowledge sharing platforms and portals globally.
  3. To share experience of the challenges that remain in trying to achieve equitable and effective visibility and accessibility of knowledge in digital spaces


Anil Agarwal Environment Training Institute

How to benefit from data in digital age

This three-day hands-on workshop is specially structured to build the skills required to access data, analyse and present it in a coherent and lucid format. The workshop will be led by data specialists, journalists and communication experts at Down to Earth (DTE) and the Centre for Science and Environment

For information contact

Kiran Pandey Programme Director - Knowledge Portal & Information Management Centre for Science and Environment 41, Tughlakabad Institutional Area, New Delhi - 62 Phone: +91 (011) 29955124/125 (Ext. 287) Mob: 9968767698 Fax: +91 (011) 29955879 Email: kirandwi@gmail.com, kiran@cseindia.org


The Press Institute of India (PII), Chennai, and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), New Delhi,

Dear Reader,

The Press Institute of India (PII), Chennai, and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), New Delhi, are together organising a competition for the best three articles on a humanitarian subject.

This year too, we have extended the competition to the area of photography, and prizes are being offered for the best three photographs as well.

The article or photograph should have been published in an Indian national or regional newspaper or magazine between April 2015 and March 2016 and can be in English or in any Indian language.

The participating candidate will have to produce proof of his or her article having been published.


The top three prizes in each category are worth Rs 60000, Rs 40000 and Rs 25000, respectively.

A poster with details about this year's awards is attached.

Last year's prize winners for the Best Articles were Neha Dixit (Outlook), Shazia Yousuf (Women's Feature Service), and Priyanka Borpujari (The Times of India) and Saurabh Yadav (The Hindu BusinessLine).

In the Best Photograph category, photojournalist Biju Boro of Asomiya Pratidin and Rishabh Jain of Dainik Bhaskar, jointly received the third prize. The first and the second prizes in the Photograph category were not awarded.

warm regards,



Six weeks long online course 18 July - 29 August 2016

CREA's Disability, Sexuality, and Rights Online Institute is a six weeks long online course begun in 2010, which focuses on a conceptual study of disability and sexuality, and its inter-linkages with issues of feminism, public health, development, violence, media and representation, amongst others, using a rights-based approach. It is intended for practitioners and has a strong component on activists' initiatives that integrate disability, sexuality, and rights.

Applications will be accepted up till 30 June 2016.

To apply online http://apps.creaworld.org/node/32.

In case you are not able to apply online, you may download the form and email it to us at crea@creaworld.org.

In your subject line please write 'DSROI'. Queries and clarifications can be sent to the same email id.

Applications will be accepted up till 30 June 2016. Applications received after this date will not be considered. Applicants will be informed about the selection decisions by 7 July 2016, and will have sufficient time to familiarise themselves with course material and software.


Women's Studies Research Center!

Dear Friends,

Greetings from the Women's Studies Research Center!

We are pleased to invite you for a Short Course on 'Gender and Media' by Dr. Nidhi Shendurnikar, Independent Researcher, Writer & Peace builder and Ms. Nalanda Tambe, Freelance Journalist and Author.

The Course details are as follows:

Day and Date: 29th (Friday) and 30th July (Saturday), 2016
Time: 3.00 pm to 6.00 pm.
Venue: Seminar Hall, Women's Studies Research Center, Faculty of Family and Community Community Sciences
Registration Fees: Rs. 750/-

Please register yourself before July 23, 2016 (Saturday).

We look forward to your participation in the Course.

Thank you.

Women's Studies Research Center
The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda
E-mail: director-wsrc@msubaroda.ac.in
Website: Women Studies Research Center
Ph: 0265-2792106


The 3rd Annual Commemoration of the Declaration of World Peace and the Peace Walk

"The May 25th Peace Walk has become a symbol of peace for all global citizens."

The Commemoration was hosted by HWPL (Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light. Chairman Man Hee Lee) and organized by the IWPG (International Women's Peace Group. Chairwoman Nam Hee Kim) and the IPYG (International Peace Youth Group) and celebrated simultaneously by citizens across the globe in 101 cities of 52 countries.

In her speech the IWPG Chairwoman Kim said, "the existing international laws failed to stop wars and merely worked as passive measures to minimize the damage caused by wars," pointing to the limitations of the current legal measures.

Speaking of the Declaration of World Peace she remarked, "It is an unprecedented legal measure of peace that prevents wars," and that, when the cessation of war is achieved the greatest beneficiaries will be all of mankind.

IWPG is an international organization of women for the cessation of war and world peace. It transcends borders, races, and beliefs, and exercises mothers' hearts and minds protecting children in its peace work.

IWPG HQ Contacts Phone: +82 (0)2 540 5999 Fax: +82 (0)2 512 5990
e-Mail: iwpg@internationalwomenspeacegroup.org
Web page: www.internationalwomenspeacegroup.org



Call for Applications 2016-2017 - Phase 1

South Asia Women's Fund is pleased to announce the call for applications for Phase 1 of 2016-2017

South Asia Women's Fund is committed to supporting women's organisations and activists working towards realising women's human rights in the South Asian region. Through its grant making portfolios, SAWF provides access to resources for women-led interventions in Bangladesh, Nepal, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, with a special focus on critical issues, disadvantaged and marginalised women, working within difficult contexts and circumstances.

The common threads that run through all SAWF's grant making programmes are:

  • Promoting a rights based perspective and feminist principles in women's rights work in the region, key components of which are women's decision making, agency and voices
  • Strengthening women's leadership, especially young women's leadership
  • Networking and collaborations among and between women's rights groups and activists at a sub national, national and regional level

The call for applications is open from 1st June - 30th June 2016. Applicants are invited to apply under any of our themes (details below). You can download our Letter of Interest (LoI) format here or from www.sawf.info. Completed LoIs should be emailed to sawfrgp@sawf.info no later than the 30th of June 2016.

SAWF accepts applications under the following themes:

1. Strengthening Feminist Voices, USD 1000-10,000: grants under this theme provide critical funding for institutional support, research, collaborations and travel (to conferences, meetings and critical spaces), on a wide cross section of issues and topics that relate to women's human rights. SAWF is particularly interested in supporting initiatives which are innovative and cutting edge; promotes collaborations among women's rights groups; or strengthen the women's movement - locally, nationally or regionally. Priority will be given to applications from small community based women's groups. More information on this thematic can be found here.

NB. SAWF accepts applications for travel grants throughout the year, for up to USD 1000; however, grants are very limited, and applicants are advised to apply at least two months in advance.

2. Right to Safe and Secure Mobility, USD 5000-10,000: this thematic supports interventions focused on women's right to movement, livelihood and choice. The types of grants supported under this thematic include (but are not limited to) strengthening networks, institutional support, collaborations and setting up new groups. More information on this thematic can be found here.

3. Right to Physical Integrity and Decision-making, USD 5000-7,500: this thematic supports initiatives that are led by young women or second line leaders of the women's movement; or are aimed at promoting young women's choice, sexuality and decision making on issues around forced marriage, right to choice and relationships etc. The types of grants supported under this thematic include (but are not limited to) strengthening networks, institutional support, collaborations and setting up new groups. More information on this thematic can be found here.

4. Access to Justice, USD 1000-5000: this thematic supports initiatives focused on increasing women's access to justice, including raising legal awareness among women; creating pathways and mechanisms for women to access lawyers and the judicial system; training women paralegals; supporting women lawyers etc. The types of grants supported under this thematic include (but are not limited to) strengthening networks, institutional support, collaborations and setting up new groups.


Who can apply?

  • Any woman's organisation whose annual budget is under USD 50,000, located in the focal countries1 can apply
  • At least 70% of its decision-making body and staff should be women, its team should be led by a woman, and at least 70% of its programmatic resources should be spent on working for women's rights
  • The organisation should be committed to feminist principles and rights based approaches
  • A second-line woman leader of an organisation (which is not a women's rights organisation) may apply for an individual grant
  • Individual women activists or scholars may apply for small grants (USD 1000-5000) under any of the thematics

Guidelines for the Letter of Interest

1. SAWF will accept LoIs submitted in English and any of the regional languages (Bangla, Hindi, Nepali, Sinhalese, Tamil and Urdu)

2. All LoIs should state clearly:
- the goal towards which the project will contribute

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