Memorial Meeting For Praful Bidwai

Dear friends,

Ritu Menon, Pamela Philipose, Harsh Kapoor, Anil Chaudhary and other friends, are organising a memorial for Praful Bidwai at the IIC for all to remember him.

So please mark this date in your calendar. It will be on 8th July 2015, in the Multi purpose hall of the IIC from 6pm onwards.

Kavita Srivastava


Women Deliver's fourth global conference

Media Scholarships

Women Deliver's fourth global conference will take place on 16-19 May 2016 in Copenhagen, Denmark. It is expected to draw more than 5,000 policymakers, researchers and advocates dedicated to improving the health and well-being of girls and women. Media participation at the Women Deliver conference provides journalists with opportunities to interact with high-level attendees and cover research findings presented by key authorities in the field. Scholarship recipients will have access to all on-site media activities, including a press workroom, media forum and daily press conferences, and all conference press materials.

A media scholarship will include:

  • Conference registration
  • Roundtrip economy class airline travel between your home airport and Copenhagen, Denmark, which will be arranged by Women Deliver's travel provider
  • Reimbursement of the fees to acquire a new visa as required to enter Denmark (In order to obtain reimbursement, you will be required to present a receipt at the conference. Women Deliver will not pay any fees associated with obtaining new passports or renewing expired passports.)
  • $50 for ground transportation to and from the airport within your home country and round trip ground transportation between the Copenhagen airport and your hotel (arrangements will be made by Women Deliver and will require the use of mass transportation)
  • Overnight accommodations at a hotel selected by Women Deliver in Copenhagen for the duration of the conference
  • $50 per diem, per night stayed at the hotel to attend the conference (per diems will not include any extended stays)

Please note that a passport and visa may be needed to enter Denmark. Women Deliver will cover the costs of obtaining the visa and provide supporting documentation, if needed.


PII-ICRC Awards 2015

Dear Reader,

Like in the past few years, 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 and the three best pictures on a humanitarian subject.

The article or photograph should have been published in an Indian national or regional newspaper or magazine between April 2014 and March 2015 and can be in any Indian language or in English. The participating candidate will have to produce proof of his or her article having been published.

The theme for this year is Reporting on the fate of victims of natural/ man-made disasters. The top three prizes in each category are worth Rs 50,000, Rs 30,000 and Rs 20,000, respectively.

Last year's (2014) prize winners for the best articles were Sohini Chattopadhyay (Open Magazine), Lakshmi Subramanian (The Week), and Pervez Majeed (Sahara Times) and Sumir Karmakar (The Telegraph). In the Best Photograph category, photojournalist Pattabi Raman won the second prize while the third prize went to Manob Chowdhury of The Hindu. The first prize in the Best Photograph category was not awarded last year.

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

warm regards,

PII-ICRC Awards poster 2015.pdf


The Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women seeks a Senior Programme Officer (Communications & Media)

Monthly salary: Starting at 50,000 Thai Baht per month, and secondary benefits (provident fund, medical fund, house rent allowance, annual home trip ticket, relocation allowance).
Duration of the contract: 1 year (3 months' probation) with possibility of extension
Location: GAATW-International Secretariat (Bangkok, Thailand) (Possible to partially work from home)

Last Date to Send Application: 15 July 2015

Start date for the applicant: Preferably 1 September 2015 (or Earlier)

The Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (GAATW) is an international Alliance of more than 100 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) working on women's rights, human trafficking, labour migration and other human rights issues.

GAATW's International Secretariat (IS) is based in Bangkok, Thailand. Its core functions are:

  • Carrying out or coordinating both desk- and field-based research in conjunction with member organisations or partners, or independently;
  • Carrying out international advocacy in conjunction with members or independently;
  • Building, facilitating and maintaining mutual exchanges, communications and learning among Alliance members;
  • Supporting member organisations' activities by collecting, processing anddistributing essential documents on human trafficking, labour migration as well as generally relevant information;
  • Making local issues internationally visible, and supporting members in their advocacy efforts;
  • Facilitating research methodology and conceptual clarity workshops on migration and trafficking for Alliance members as well as non-members upon request.

For more info. The Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women
191/41 Sivalai Condominium, 33 Itsaraphap Road
Bangkok, 10600, Thailand
Tel.: +66 2 864 14 27 / 28                Fax: +66 2 864 16 37
Home - The Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (GAATW)


State of the World's Fathers

Recently released report (first ever) on the State of the World's Fathers:

This report highlights the roles and responsibilities of men as 'fathers' in "dismantling the patriarchy and to call for equality" - these are the words of Dr. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, our Executive Director, who has written the Foreword to this report. Unpaid care work forms an important aspect of the discussions in this document.

Even as we continue to fight the battles for widening the heteronormative notions on families and parenting, I do believe this is an interesting milestone in engaging with the debates, discussions and advocacy.

Maybe we should all read this report, share our thoughts/views in the public domain, and engage with this publicly - as a Collective. Would anyone in this Collective be interested in taking the lead on this, on our collective behalf?


Adolescent Girls In Mumbai's Bastis Use Photography As A Tool Of Documentation And Advocacy

Creating Own Histories

This paper seek to show Vacha's work with adolescents girls who purport to express themselves and document their perspectives through photography. Girls from one of the most marginalized section of the society.


CSE, Research Workshop and Conference

Greetings from Centre for Social Entrepreneurship (CSE), School of Management and Labour Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai !

This is a gentle reminder about the Research Workshop and National Conference on the theme 'Methodological Issues in Social Entrepreneurship Research', coming up on January 28-30, 2016 at TISS, Mumbai.

We are inviting research papers, both theoretical and empirical for this Conference. Also other delegates interested in participating in these deliberations without submitting paper are invited. The participants and paper contributors are expected from a diverse background, interested in the theme, critically commenting on the thematic aspect, from an interdisciplinary perspective.

For more details of the event, please see our conference announcement at

Prior to the conference there is a research workshop at Pondicherry. There will be no fee for attending this. There will be 20 seats available for the Workshop. The successful authors who send abstract of papers by 31st July and get acceptance would be eligible to attend this workshop, which is optional for the conference participation but highly recommended for young scholars who want to develop their papers for the conference. The participants need to make their own arrangement to travel while boarding and lodging will be provided (twin sharing basis) by Sri Aurobindo Society from Sept 10 to 13 2015.



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