A CSE fellowship and contest for photographers and photo-journalists

BACKS TO THE WALL Climate change and vulnerable communities

Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) and Down To Earth magazine invites photographers and photo-journalists to apply for a fellowship and a contest on the subject of 'climate change and vulnerable communities'. The fellowship is aimed at recording stories of people and places buffeted by changing climate and its accompanying extremes of weather; and of communities and individuals who are facing these phenomena with resilience and patience, adapting with intelligence and devising innovative responses.

Fellowship supported by Heinrich Boll Stiftung / Foundation
Technical partners: Tamron India

This initiative is divided into two parts:

  • Fellowship: 7 grants of Rs 50,000 each
  • Contest: 5 prizes of high-end Tamron lenses

Last date for applying for the fellowship: September 15, 2015-08-26
Period of fellowship and contest: September-October 2015

For applying and more details, visit http://cseindia.org/content/backs-wall,
or contact Rakhi Jain at rakhi.jain@cseindia.org / 8130041469



Floods in Manipur and Gujarat

Over 300,000 people have been affected by the recent floods in Indian states of Manipur and Gujarat. Hundreds have been displaced and are now are in need of humanitarian assistance.

Oxfam is on the ground delivering safe water, and ensuring food security through cash transfers to over 18,000 women, men and children in the two states.

In Manipur, Oxfam plans to reach around 12,000 people over the next two months with emergency food assistance including cash transfer, safe water provisioning and provide critical shelter support in the form of solar lighting.

In Gujarat, the main focus of our efforts has been on providing emergency shelter and cash transfer to some of the worst affected villages in Banaskantha and Patan district. These areas have been hit by flash floods and have lost critical productive livelihood assets.

Both Banaskantha and Patan are semi arid areas and people were not prepared for the flash floods.



Bangladesh: Cricket tournament for people with physical disabilities

From 2 to 10 September, the team will take part in the 5-nation International Cricket Tournament for People with Physical Disabilities, organised by the ICRC.

The tournament, to be held in Bangladesh, will see teams from Afghanistan, England, India, Pakistan and Bangladesh compete against each other for the winning title.

The event, organised in close partnership with the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Bangladesh Cricket Board and Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protishtan, is also supported by Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, captain of Bangladesh National Cricket Team.


International Gandhi Jayanti Conference 2015.

Call for Papers - International Gandhi Jayanti Conference 2015 " Education as a Basic Right of Humankind"

On the occasion of the International Day of Nonviolence October 3-4 2015.

Organized by Indialogue Foundation and Institute of Advanced Studies in Education, Jamia Millia Islamic in association with The Journalist and Writer Foundation.

Please find the attachment for the details on Gandhi conference.

  1. call for papers - international gandhi jayanti conference 2015
  2. certificate of orginality and author approval Form

Indialogue Foundation      Email: mumbai@indialogue.in.



31st August 2015 PRESS RELEASE

The Young Women's Sub-Committee of the All India Democratic Women's Association (AIDWA) has held three meetings of young girls in Avantika, Nandnagari, and Lakshmi Nagar, as part of its campaign "Pass the BILL, because 'HONOUR' kills". The meetings were addressed by Aruna, Rekha Verma and Harleen Kaur of the YWSC.

The meetings were told that, the number of crimes that are committed against young couples in the name of honour are increasing. AIDWA has drawn up draft bill to comprehensively address such crimes and had been demanding for its enactment for a long time. But the vote bank politics of successive governments at centre have prevented them from even recognizing these killings as crimes and enactment of the law has been deferred.

The campaign was launched on 23rd July to take the struggle to the masses and build a pressure on the government to enact the law without delay. A facebook page titled "Pass the Bill, because "Honour" kills" has also been created to reach out to the youth.

As part of the next phase of the campaign, a workshop of cultural activists from different states is being planned in Delhi. And, colleges across states are being approached to organize dialogues around the issue. The campaign will continue at various levels until the demand is not achieved and AIDWA appeals to the people to firmly stand for the enactment of this law so that the fundamental rights and lives of our young couples are no longer sacrificed to the false notion of honour.

Sd/- Sd/-
Malini Bhattacharya Jagmati Sangwan
(President) (General Secretary)


Launching Women without Border/SAVE's groundbreaking report: Can Mothers Challenge Extremism?

Women without Border/SAVE announces the launch of its groundbreaking report Can Mothers Challenge Extremism? We declare, if mothers succeed to build up a first line of defense, they can be the driver for a successful bottom-up security architecture.

This research sheds light on how mothers look at the threat of radicalization to their children and how they view their role in protecting them: what they fear, whom they trust, and what they need. The findings of this study across five regions with a history and presence of violent extremism showcases for the first time the potential of mothers to safeguard their children on the homefront.

In a climate where thousands of foreign fighters are streaming to Syria, inciting fear and otherizing, we need to anchor the young generation and reclaim the two key tools used by extremist recruiters: investing time and gaining trust. The study paves the way for an inclusive security paradigm with those in the closest proximity to adolescent and young adults at-risk.

This study serves as the foundation for the Mothers School Against Extremism Model which sensitizes and trains mothers at the front lines to effectively combat the threat of violent extremism.

Find the report at http://www.women-without-borders.org/files/downloads/CAN_MOTHERS_CHALLENGE_EXTREMISM_26.08.2015.pdf


Announcement of the 2014 Sanskriti-Prabha Dutt Fellowship

Sanskriti Pratishthan is pleased to announce that Ms. Bhavya Dore, Freelancer and former principal corrospondent of Hindustan Times, Mumbai, has been selected for the Prabha Dutt Fellowship for Excellence in Journalism for the year . From amongst various applicants, the Jury comprising of Ms. Sevanti Ninan, Ms. Usha Rai and Ms. Pamela Philipose selected Ms. Dore to study the "Lives of juvenile offenders once they leave the juvenile justice system and return to the society".

Prabha Dutt Fellowship is organized and conducted under the auspices of Sanskriti Pratishthan, New Delhi. The Sanskriti-Prabha Dutt Fellowship has been instituted to honor and perpetuate the memory of late Ms Prabha Dutt whose bright and promising career as a fearless journalist with The Hindustan Times and India Today was cut short.

The Fellowship is for a period of 10 months and offers an amount of Rs. 1,00,000/-. This Fellowship is to encourage dedicated women journalists in the age group of 25-40 to pursue meaningful projects including research or a book in English, Hindi or any regional language. It is exclusively for print.

O.P. Jain, president, Sanskriti Pratishthan


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