Harper Collins Publishers India

Cordially invites you to the launch of
The Political Imagination by Nayantara Sahgal & Out of Line

A literary and political biography of Nayantara Sahgal by Ritu Menon

Ashis Nandy talks to Nayantara Sahgal and Ritu Menon about biography, politics, lives and literature

on 31 July, Thursday, at 7.00 p.m
Multipurpose Hall, India International Centre 40, Maxmuller Marg, New Delhi

Please join us for high tea 6.30 p.m

R.S.V.P: Ayushi Srivastava 0120-4044861

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Fewer girls-only families now, says report

"Sex Ratios and Gender Based Sex Selection, History Debates and Future Directions" by Dr. Mary E. John, senior fellow, Centre for Women's Development Studies for UN Women, was released on Tuesday. The report, which reviews existing studies, says it's time to look at girls-only families, which are starting to disappear - they are only two per cent in Haryana, Punjab and Rajasthan.

Sex Ratios & Gender Biased Sex Selection - PRINTED VERSION.

Mary E John
SeniorFellow
Centre for Women'sDevelopment Studies (CWDS)

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VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN IN POLITICS RAMPANT IN SOUTH ASIA - RESEARCH

Violence against women in politics is rampant in South Asia according to a new study conducted by the Centre for Social Research and UN Women. The study, 'Violence against Women in Politics' revealed that the insufficient implementation of laws, lack of support from police and judiciary, the socio-economic divide and current power structures are the major reasons for violence.

Direct Link to Full 105-Page 2014 Report

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Centre for the Study of Developing Societies

Invites you to a book discussion on Critical Studies in Politics: Exploring Sites, Selves, Power (Edited by Nivedita Menon, Aditya Nigam and Sanjay Palshikar) Discussants: Sudipta Kaviraj, Sanjay Palshikar and Rajshree Chandra

Chair: Peter deSouza
Friday, 8 August 2014, 4 pm
Seminar Room, CSDS, 29 Rajpur Road, Delhi 110054

Critical Studies in Politics is a collection of essays that attempts to redefine the boundaries of political science. It brings into view objects of study not normally visible to the discipline, through a creative engagement with other disciplinary formations.

Read More http://www.csds.in/events/critical-studies-politics-book-discussion

Praveen Rai
Academic Secretary
Centre for the Study of Developing Societies
29, Rajpur Road. Delhi - 110054
Phone: 91-11-23942199, Fax: 91-11-23943450
www.csds.in, http://www.uk.sagepub.com/books/Book241182

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Thomson Reuters Foundation

The dwindling numbers of Indian girls, caused by the illegal abortion of millions of babies, has reached "emergency proportions", fuelling an increase in crimes such as kidnapping and trafficking, the United Nations warned.

Read More: http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/07/22/us-india-foeticide-idINKBN0FR13G20140722

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In remembrance of our feminist comrades

Over the last 12-odd months we have been overwhelmed by the personal and political loss at the passing of many feminist comrades from the women's movements in India. Sharda Behn, Vina Majumdar, Sharmila Rege, Shahjahan Apa, Satyarani Chaddha have all been incredible women in their own right and helped inspire and shape our movements in ways that are immeasurable.

This Saheli day, as we turn 33, we invite you to join us in remembering these iconic personalities, to remember their work and gather strength for the times ahead in opposing non-secular, regressive, homophobic forces which are likely to push for socio-political setbacks in the coming times.

Please do bring along not just your anecdotes and fond memories of these comrades, friends and mentors but also their photos, letters or anything else you may want to share with everyone. This meeting will be held on Saturday 9th August 2014, 2.30 pm onwards at the Saheli office. Please save the date. We will soon share more details of the programme with you.

In solidarity,
All of us in Saheli
Saheli Women's Resource Centre
www.saheliwomen.org

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Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi wants the Domestic Violence Act amended

Maneka says Domestic Violence Act must protect mothers-in-law too.

Maneka has asked officials to work on incorporating a provision under which women who face violence by their sons and daughters-in-law can also approach the protection officers. (Source: PTI)

The minister feels that the law should protect all women, regardless of their relationship with the oppressor.

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Over 20% more cancer cases in 2020: govt report

The National Health Profile 2013 projects a 19 per cent increase in cancer among men, and a 23 per cent increase among women by 2020.

To read more http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/over-20-more-cancer-cases-in-2020-govt-report/

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19th Feminist capacity building course

We are happy to announce the upcoming Sangat Month Long Course from 14th September, 2014 to 14th October, 2014 in, Kathmandu, Nepal for women from the South Asia region.

This is the 19th South Asian Month Long course so far, many of you have been part of this wonderful journey together. We do appreciate your support and hope you will continue on this long journey to end all forms of patriarchy.

We hope too that this time you will be able to identify good candidates from your region and ask them to apply for this course. Please do also share this information amongst your networks so we have the best, the brightest and potential women activists joining us and taking our work forward in South Asia.

We have appended the details of the workshop as well as how to Apply for this course below. The web link with details is also given here.

MLC Brochure
MLC Application Form

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Partners for Law in Development

Workshop on Laws relating to sexual violence - Oct 1st to Oct 4th

PLD is organizing a training workshop on the new laws relating to sexual violence, on October 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th of 2014.

This workshop seeks to understand the challenges and working of each of the 3 laws on sexual offences in detail, and take stock of their implementation

The form can also be downloaded from the website of www.cedawsouthasia.org  or  www.pldindia.org.

Please send your completed applications to trainings@pldindia.org

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Say NO to Child Labour, Say YES to school

A Sensitization Campaign against Child Labour by Smile Foundation

Smile Foundation, a national level development organisation organised a sensitizing campaign at major locations like bus stations and public utility spaces to sensitize the privileged people and send an appeal to empower underprivileged children through education. Children and volunteers in Nagpur, Mumbai, Bhavnagar and Goa took out rallies, recited slogans, hoisted placards and banners to make people aware of the cause.

Read More: http://www.smilefoundationindia.org/child-labour-day-press.htm

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United Nations Development Programme

2014 Human Development Report Calls on Countries to Take Steps Now to Protect Hard Won Gains

Comprehensive social protection for India would cost only 4 percent of GDP and help to accelerate the rate of growth

New Delhi, 24 July 2014 -Staggering rates of poverty and high inequality threaten the gains in human development in South Asia. To protect these gains and ensure that all people are benefiting from the region's growth, UNDP's annual Human Development Report, released today in Tokyo, shows that the combination of social protection floors, universal basic services, full employment and programmes that specifically address discrimination and exclusion can help countries to irreversibly eradicate poverty.

The Report: Sustaining Human Progress: Reducing Vulnerabilities and Building Resilience, shows that despite impressive global progress in improving human development, 2.2 billion people are poor or near-poor. Equally worrying, 80 percent of all people have no social protection net and 50 percent of all workers are in insecure employment, mostly in the informal sector.

South Asia is home to the largest number of multi-dimensionally poor people, suffering from low incomes, poor education and inadequate health care. An estimated 800 million people fall into this category and an additional 270 million are near poor. The Report examines the causes of vulnerability and shows that people at different stages of life face different threats. People are at greater risk when they are very young, entering the labour market for the first time and when they are leaving as pensioners.

The Report also shows that different categories of people are at high risk because of structural factors. Poor people are the most at risk, women suffer more than men, and the elderly are at particular risk. The disabled represent the largest category of vulnerable people in the world. People are more at risk if they have limited capabilities; if they have less education, poorer health, less income and if they are personally insecure.

In summarizing the Report's analysis of vulnerability, UNDP Administrator Helen Clark said today: "By addressing vulnerabilities, all people may share in development progress, and human development will become increasingly equitable and sustainable."

The Report recommends a number of concrete steps that countries can take to protect the progress they have made and accelerate gains. These include universalizing social protection and basic services and ensuring full employment. In addition, the Report argues that investing in programmes that address life-cycle and structural vulnerabilities and that help communities prepare for disasters will result in greater resilience to climate change, conflict, economic crisis and social unrest. The Report demonstrates that all of these actions are affordable and can be quickly implemented in all countries, regardless of the level of development they've currently achieved.

Lise Grande, United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative says, "As countries debate a new global social contract, the six affordable steps being recommended in this report are pragmatic and can have immediate, decisive impact. Equally important, the Report makes the compelling argument that the time has come to reform global governance through a Brundtland type commission."

In the case of India, the Report estimates that a comprehensive social protection net which would include old age and disability pensions, basic childcare benefits, universal access to essential health care, social assistance and 100 days of employment would cost only four percent of India's GDP. Commenting on the Report, Ms. Grande said: "This is a social bargain by any measure."

The Report also singles out India's commitment to disaster preparedness, showing how states have been able to minimize the impact of cyclones and other disasters by helping communities put in place mitigation measures.

As in previous years, the Report includes the Human Development Index (HDI) which ranks 187 countries and UN-recognized territories on their progress on human development. India is ranked 135. The Report includes four other

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Sesame Workshop India

Press Release

Qualcomm, Sesame Workshop India, and South Delhi Municipal Corporation Collaborate to Improve Children's Literacy and Numeracy Skills through Innovative Games on Affordable Tablets and Smartphones

New Delhi, July 24, 2014:Qualcomm Incorporated, through its Qualcomm® Wireless Reach™ initiative, and Sesame Workshop India (SWI), in collaboration with the Directorate of Education, South Delhi Municipal Corporation, today demonstrated how their Play 'n' Learn program is improving learning opportunities for school children ages 5-8 in under served communities in India. The program uses affordable tablets and smartphones and fun educational games developed in the Hindi language to provide access to quality educational content on literacy and numeracy. Wireless Reach provided funding and program management support for this project and also provided 3G enabled devices powered by Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ processors. Qualcomm Snapdragon is a product of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated.

According to the ASER Centre's ninth Annual Status of Education report (ASER 2013), literacy and numeracy skills have declined in the past six years among children ages 5-16 who are studying in rural schools in India.

Mobile technology provides unprecedented potential to improve literacy and numeracy skills in India. The increase in smartphone adoption and rapid proliferation of 3G and 4G LTE networks in India provides the capability to positively influence the education segment.

"There is an increasing need to improve learning outcomes at all levels," said C.U Kumar, Director, Directorate of Education, South Delhi Municipal Corporation. "This need is articulated in the Government of India's 12th Five Year Plan document and in initiatives that supplement curriculum with technology-enabled learning. The Play 'n' Learn initiative is providing children with a new way of learning via mobile technology and proving successful with increased levels of literacy and numeracy."

SWI's Galli Galli Sim Sim (GGSS) educational outreach and television program content has been used extensively to develop the 10 Android games for the Play 'n' Learn program. Games such as Parchai ko pehchano, Shabdo ka khazana and Sikke ki Yatra, feature GGSS content and popular characters such as Boombah, Chamki, Elmo, Googly and Grover.

The first phase of the Play 'n' Learn program was launched in May 2013 with 40 children in an underprivileged neighborhood in South Delhi who received 3G enabled smartphones equipped with educational games.

Based on findings from a study of the in-community intervention, children studying in Class 1 and 2 made greater gains in Hindi comprehension, and Hindi word knowledge and imagination.

Since the initial implementation, 3G tablets equipped with the games have been provided to more than 370 children in Classes 1, 2 and 3 in four government primary schools of the South Delhi Municipal Corporation. Additionally, Sesame Workshop India is working to implement a similar program in the Vaishali district of Bihar for 2,000 children located in 25 government primary schools.

According to a third party study conducted in the schools, children in grade 1 showed improvement in comprehension, word knowledge and imagination and overall Hindi language scores. Additionally, the young children were well acquainted with the use of the tablets and they had also learned to watch video, operate the camera, and make calls on the tablet. The children looked forward to the tablet session and a majority preferred to use tablets in groups as opposed to individually, reflecting improved group dynamics. The study also found that most teachers said that at least one of their teaching skills had improved in the following areas:curriculum planning, teaching method, child assessment, pacing as per students' needs, flexibility and collaborative learning.

"Our continuing association with Qualcomm Wireless Reach seeks to bring together modern mobile communication technologies and access to high quality educational content for children," said Sashwati Banerjee, Managing Director, Sesame Workshop India. "We are greatly encouraged by the response to the Play 'n' Learn program. In the next phase funded through the Qualcomm Wireless Reach initiative, we will add more games and also popularize the games through the Galli Galli Sim Sim broadcast on TV."

"Qualcomm is honored to be involved in this ongoing effort with Sesame Workshop India and our other project collaborators,"said Sandeep Sibal, vice president, business development, Qualcomm India and South Asia. "India is experiencing the rapid adoption of 3G technologies and we believe that access to the capability of 3G enabled devices can provide transformative educational opportunities for children throughout India."

Advances in mobile technology have already changed access to educational materials and continues working to enable even greater transformation in mobile learning in order to enrich teaching and learning on a global scale. By working with organizations like Directorate of Education, South Delhi Municipal Corporation and Sesame Workshop India, Qualcomm aims to leverage its capabilities in order to expand the impact of mobile technology.

To find out more about the work Qualcomm and its project collaborators are doing, please visit www.qualcomm.com/wirelessreach.

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