A Day-Long Workshop With Mid-Level Journalists

The High Commission of Canada, in collaboration with the Women's Feature Service (WFS) is organising a workshop, ‘Reporting By and On Women’, on November 27, 2015, in New Delhi.

The workshop, sixth in the series of annual workshops organised by the High Commission, is expected to draw about 45 participants from all over India and neighbouring South Asian countries like Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal and Sri Lanka, including representatives of leading general news and business dailies, mainstream broadcast news channels, news-wires, websites and prominent Indian language media.

A top Canadian journalist and some of the most influential and respected Indian editors and senior journalists will be seen addressing some critical sessions at the workshop.

For details: http://www.wfsnews.org/canadian%20high%20comm%20media%20workshop%202015.html


UN Women

Orange The World" Events Spur Global Action To End Violence Against Women And Girls

Commemoration of International Day to End Violence against Women, 25 November 2015, at UN Headquarters

What: The official commemoration on 25 November, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women at UN Headquarters will kick-start the global actions to "Orange the World" called by the UN Secretary-General's UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign, which is managed by UN Women. Taking place during the civil society-driven 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, from 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, until 10 December, Human Rights Day, over 450 "orange events" will take place around the world, unified by the colour orange, to symbolize a brighter future without violence and mobilize people everywhere to bring about change. At UNHQ, the commemoration event will also launch the first-ever UN Framework for Preventing Violence against Women, jointly developed by UN entities including UN Women, ILO, UNDP, UNESCO, UNFPA and WHO. The framework develops a common understanding for the UN System, policymakers and other stakeholders on preventing violence against women and provides a theory of change to underpin action. In honour of the Day, on 25 November, New York City will join the global call to action by lighting up Gracie Mansion-the official residence of the Mayor-in orange to show their commitment to ending violence against women and girls. Messages about prevention of violence against women and the UNiTE campaign will be aired on New York City's Taxi TV, and on the NASDAQ and Reuters screens in Times Square.

For more info: www.unwomen.org and http://webtv.un.org/

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UN Women

Press Release:

Progress for women in news media grinds to a halt

After 20 years, research in 114 countries reveals continued severe disparity between representation of women and men in the news media

Full report available at: http://whomakesthenews.org/gmmp/gmmp-reports/gmmp-2015-reports

Progress towards equality of men and women in the news media has virtually ground to a halt according to the fifth and largest study on the portrayal and representation of women in the news media.

Extensive results of the Global Media Monitoring Project (GMMP) released 23 November show that, worldwide, women make up about 50 per cent of the general population but only 24 per cent of the persons heard, read about or seen in newspaper, television and radio news, exactly the same level found in the 2010 report.

Women's relative invisibility in the traditional news media has also crossed over into digital news delivery platforms. Only 26 per cent of the people in Internet news stories and media news Tweets combined are women.

The GMMP is a project of the communications advocacy agency WACC, with support from UN Women. The first such survey of gender portrayal in news media was conducted in 1995, and at five-year intervals after that. GMMP 2015 is the largest research and advocacy initiative in the world on gender equality in and through the news. UN Women has supported the survey twice consecutively.

"The media have the potential to be an enabler of faster, more substantive gender equality and women's empowerment, or a barrier to it. This report is a wake-up call to media houses and newsrooms. Gender discrimination deprives media coverage of the balance and authority that diverse perspectives bring," said UN Under-Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. "The ways in which women are depicted in the media have a profound effect on societal attitudes and reinforce traditional gender roles. Women and girls are half of humanity. Giving equal time and weight to their stories, [and] featuring them as positive models not victims, plays an under-appreciated part in creating a better, freer world for all of us."

"The GMMP 2015 report examined the visibility, voice and mention of women and men in the news media and finds a sexism that has endured across decades and geographical boundaries, adapting to emerging media forms and thriving in all spaces in which news content is produced and shared," states Sarah Macharia, GMMP global coordinator.

The publication of the results of the survey point to the urgent need for an end to sexism in media by 2020.

"Many detailed findings from the 2015 GMMP paint a picture in which unequal gender power relations are entrenched and validated, and in which gender stereotypes are replicated and reinforced by the world's news media," says media and gender scholar Margaret Gallagher in the foreword to the report.

Karin Achtelstetter, WACC General Secretary, stated: "News and news media are powerful forces that help shape the way people view their society and themselves, and contribute to how people act - at home, schools, work, through to the political choices they may make."

She continued: "The fact is, the portrayal of women in day-to-day journalism does not reflect their contribution to society. We need focused commitment and efforts from media houses, regulatory agencies, training institutions and civil society to raise professional standards and truly provide leadership about what constitutes ethical freedom of expression."

Other key findings include:

  • " Overall, women remain more than twice as likely as men to be portrayed as victims than they were a decade ago, at 16 and 8 per cent, respectively.
  • " There is a global glass ceiling for female news reporters in newspaper bylines and newscast reports, with 37 per cent of stories reported by women, the same as a decade ago.
  • " Women report five per cent more stories online - 42 per cent in total - than in the traditional mediums combined.
  • " News representation of women misses the full picture. Globally women hold approximately 40 per cent of paid employment while a large proportion work in the informal sector especially in the Global South. However, according to news content, only 20 per cent of the formal labour force are women, while 67 per cent of the unemployed and stay-at-home parents are women.
  • " Across the six roles in which people appear in the news, the largest stride in closing the gender gap is in people interviewed based on personal experience. Women comprise 38 per cent of personal experience testimonies now compared to 31 per cent in 2005.
  • " News sources are often male, and skewed towards certain "types"-senior government officials and politicians dominate for all story types from 'expert' opinion to 'ordinary' person testimonies.
  • " There are distinct regional differences in the overall presence of women in the news. North America holds its position as the region with the narrowest gender media gap (36 per cent) while the Middle East has the widest at 18 per cent. Latin America has narrowed the gender gap most dramatically over the last 20 years, from 16 per cent in 1995 to 29 per cent in 2015.
  • " The near-balance of television presenters in each age category documented in 2010 has been replaced by significant overrepresentation of younger women as anchors. However, a severe underrepresentation (29 per cent) of women in the 50-64 age bracket, and women's complete disappearance at 65 years old has currently emerged.
The full report also highlights in English, French and Spanish and national and regional reports are available at http://whomakesthenews.org/gmmp/gmmp-reports/gmmp-2015-reports p style="margin-bottom: 5"> For more information, see www.whomakesthenews.org or contact Sara Speicher, ss@waccglobal.org,


Philippine Commission on Women

PH rises to 7th spot, still Asia's top performer in closing gender gap

For nine straight years now, the Philippines once again bested other Asian countries in closing the global gender disparity, according to the 2015 Global Gender Gap Index (GGI) Report released annually by the World Economic Forum (WEF).

From 2014's standing at 9th place, the Philippines climbs to 7th spot as it garnered 0.790 points. Previous points were 0.781(2014), 0.783 (2013), 0.776 (2012), and 0.768 (2011).

According to the report, the country's improvement in rank was due to "an increase on its Economic Participation and Opportunity score, which is due to more female legislators, senior officials and managers as well as professional and technical workers." In this sub-index, the country was ranked third-best in the region.

The report added that "improvements have also been made on the Political Empowerment sub-index, due to more women in ministerial positions."

"The Health and Survival gender gap remains fully closed while the Educational Attainment gap, which had been fully closed since 2006, reopens slightly. Since 2006, the country has progressed across all categories except Educational Attainment, where it has slightly regressed, the report added."

Iceland remains to be the most gender-equal country among 145 countries worldwide with 0.881 points, followed by Norway (0.850), Finland (0.850), Sweden (0.823), Ireland (0.807) and Rwanda (0.794). Following the Philippines on the list are Switzerland (0.785), Slovenia (0.784) and New Zealand (0.782).

Gains and Ways Forward

The result of the report is very fitting as 2015 is a milestone year for the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) which turned 40 this year, not to mention the concluding year of the international commitments such as the Beijing Platform for Action (BPfA) and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

The Commission believes that the GGI Report validated the fruitful results of the concerted efforts of the government, civil society organizations, academe and private institutions, especially during this administration which paved the way for institutionalizing mechanisms in addressing discrimination against women, and building economic opportunities for women.

"We are happy to know that our efforts are paying off every year. It fuels our energy and desire to work for women. In terms of closing the gender gap, neighboring countries are looking up to the Philippines. But we cannot stop here; there are more roads to traverse and build to reach more Filipino women. The GGI does not describe levels of development. Challenges such as poverty, violence, reproductive health and job-skills mismatch, among others, still need to be hurdled. We need to synergize efforts among government agencies and continue to strengthen our partnerships with civil society organizations, academe, and the private sector," said PCW Executive Director Emmeline L. Verzosa.

"Let us celebrate our gains and strive to maintain what we have so we can look forward and realize that a gender-equal society can be at hand," she added.

The Global Gender Gap Report's Index assesses countries on how well they divide resources and opportunities amongst male and female populations, regardless of the overall levels of these resources. The report measures the gender inequality gap in four areas, namely: Economic Participation and Opportunity, Educational Attainment, Political Empowerment, and Health and Survival.

The PCW is the lead government agency that makes government work for the promotion, protection and fulfillment of women's human rights, gender equality and women's empowerment.


‘Redefining Masculinity and Preventing Gender-Based Discrimination against Women’

On the occasion of the 16 Days Activism - Global Protest Fortnight on Violence Against Women from 25th Nov. to 10th Dec., 2015, Men Against Violence & Abuse (MAVA), through its team of trained student-actors from 8 colleges across Mumbai, would like to put up a street-play for different groups in the city.

MAVA would be soon organizing a 4-day intensive theatre workshop for college student leaders, to be conducted by veteran theatre activist Manjul Bhardwaj. A 20 minute gripping play would evolve through this workshop and would address the perceptions of young men on existing Masculinity and its impact and how alternative form of Masculinity that is gender-equitable, can be evolved and promoted to prevent gender-based discrimination against women.

Once the play is ready by the 25th November, the student-actors (male and female) would be keen to perform it in the next 2 months, for the masses through various groups - youth organizations, colleges, communities, local mandals and women's groups across the city.

I am writing, to specially request you to kindly support our cause in arranging the play for audiences you think would be feasible through your contacts at a mutually convenient date after the 25th Nov.

We would appreciate if you could suggest to the potential organizers to pay a small honorarium of Rs.2000 that could be given collectively as a token of appreciation to performing students to cover their conveyance and refreshment costs.

Looking forward to your support and encouragement.

With warm regards,
Harish Sadani
Founder-Member & Chief Functionary,
Men Against Violence & Abuse (MAVA), Mumbai
T: +91 9870307748 | saharsh267@gmail.com
Web: mavaindia.org



Workshop on "Creative Dialogues on Violence Prevention"

WISCOMP is organizing a three day Training cum Learning Workshop titled Creative Dialogues on Violence Prevention, which will focus on Gender Equity and Violence Prevention.

The workshop will be held on 24-26 November 2015 at the Lecture Hall, India International Center Annex, Lodi Estate, New Delhi. This workshop marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (25 November) and is in solidarity and support with the the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence (25 November - 10 December).

The aim of this workshop is to create an interactive, collaborative and transformative space that enables sensitization and capacity building for gender equity and justice. The workshop will introduce participants to inclusive and innovative methods to prevent and end gender-based violence (especially violence against women and girls) and will invite them to reconsider gender relations—whether in the context of the home, the school, or the public space—foregrounding the values of nonviolence, mutual respect, equity, partnership, and pluralism. The workshop participants will includeeducators, youth leaders, facilitators, practitioners, media and communication professionals, NGO workers, and lawyers from Delhi-NCR.

For additional information on the event: www.wiscomp.org   or   write to wiscomp2006@gmail.com


Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative

Delhi, 16 November, 2015: The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) launches the groundbreaking training tool for the police and education tool for the public called Virtual Police Station (VPS) in the Press Club of India. Combining cutting edge technology with first-rate legal expertise, the VPS through the click of a mouse allows the police and public to enter every room of a computerized police station to explore and learn the key procedures and processes that are necessary every day, such as arrest, registration of complaints of sexual assault, registration of FIRs and more.

Speaking at a press conference to launch the VPS, Ms. Maja Daruwala, Director, CHRI, said, "Having established empirically, through our report, Rough Roads to Equality - Women Police in South Asia, released on 19th August, 2015, that the police needs to be made more gender inclusive and gender responsive, we have now come out with a training tool that can help make the police truly representative, citizen-centric and community friendly". She felt that the VPS is one more step in humanizing the functioning of the police and stated that it strives to "demystify the police station by exposing us to the layers of work - management, administration, investigation, going to court, forensics - that the personnel in the police station performs."

Reinforcing these views, Ms. Poonam Muttreja, Executive Committee Member, CHRI, stated that "this is a timely intervention that will go a long way in strengthening the police as a service rather than a force, as well as enabling and facilitating citizens in many ways."

The Virtual Police Station is a first of its kind training tool. Explaining the tool, Mr. Vivek Trivedi, project lead and Communications Officer, CHRI, says, "clicking on various members of the police and public, or objects such as registers and phones, prompts a video and text box to open that explains these key procedures, and seminal resources such as case law and legislation are provided for even deeper learning." He also stated that this initiative would not have been possible without the cooperation of the Rajasthan Police. "The Rajasthan Police allowed us to explore every room and capture the many processes and procedures that need to be performed every day," he emphasized.

Detailing out the features of the tool, Mr. Trivedi pointed out that this tool is "as thorough as it is innovative and easy to navigate. With 360 degree exploration, videos and easy to use text boxes, it adds new options to the normal chalk and talk in police academies." "It's not just a training tool for the police but also an empowerment tool for the public, who can learn the responsibilities of the police and the different rights the public can claim in a police station, be they a witness, accused, female victim, male victim, or juvenile," he added.

The VPS is available in Hindi and English, and can have more languages added as per the needs of the states. This tool works both online and offline and is fully integrated to social media.

Drawing upon CHRI's earlier report, Rough Roads to Equality - Women Police in South Asia, Ms. Daruwala said that the disabling nexus of numbers, attitudes and environment, indeed, needs to be broken. She also believes that "The poor representation of women in the police force has as much to do with the lack of understanding of what a real police station is all about as the age old gender bias that policing is not appropriate work for women". She emphasized that policing needs to break the colonial shackles and emerge in its modern avatar, to command confidence, trust and respect. "It is in the light of this that CHRI's latest offering - Virtual Police Station -- assumes significance", she said.

This training tool has been developed as part of a European Union funded project Civil Society and Police Reform in South Asia. The aim of the project is to enable civil society in South Asia to play a greater role in the promotion of improved policing standards and accountability.

The Training tool would be launched tomorrow (17th November) at the Gulmohar Hall, India Habitat Centre from 10:30 am. The Agenda for tomorrows event is enclosed.Ms. Maja Daruwala, Director, CHRI, Ms Kiran Bedi, former Cop, Mr BL Soni, Rajasthan Police Academy, Abha Singha Joshi, Lawyer and Legal Trainer and Mr Vivek Trivedi, Communications Officer, CHRI will grace the occasion.

For more info: Aditi Datta
Senior Programme Officer, Police Reforms Programme
Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative


21st National Media Award Programme
Giving Voice to the Unheard

The National Foundation for India (NFI) Media Awards Programme is for young, mid-career journalists. The award allows them to take time off from their routine beats to research and publish articles/photo essays on issues concerning the less privileged, that need to be high on our society's agenda, but do not find mention in the mainstream media for a variety of reasons.

The awards support the pursuit of in-depth, creative field research on these concerns and writing about them with adequate evidence - qualitative and quantitative - to an effort to influence public policy and the domain of social consciousness.

Awards will be given this year to print and photo journalists.

Ten awards will be awarded this year to print journalists to write on broad social development issues in India based on the themes listed below.

PHOTOGRAPHY One award to a photojournalist to photo document a social development issue listed below.

Journalists from small and regional language publications and non-metro areas are encouraged to apply. Women journalists are particularly welcome. Applicants must have demonstrated commitment to the development concerns of the less privileged in society through their previous works.


  • To create greater awareness in the media about local and national development priorities.
  • To strengthen public opinion regarding the need to take positive measures to support people centered development.
  • To facilitate a process of sensitization to development issues amongst media professionals
  • To promote effective communication that draws attention to development concerns, and
  • To facilitate a more informed development policy dialogue

A wide range of issues of importance to ordinary Indians, their battle for a better life and development related issues including Community Health, Education, Social Protection, Livelihood Security, Adolescent Health, Child Health and Survival, Urban Poverty, Peace & Justice, Role of Youth in Development, Labour Trafficking and Bonded Labour, and Social Justice Philanthropy.

One year-2016

The awards are open to journalists working in any of the regional and national dailies and associated media. Freelancers frequently contributing to the press are encouraged to apply.

  • Early to mid-career status, with 5-7 years of professional experience. Upper age limit is 40 years.
  • The candidates should have a demonstrated commitment to a career in journalism and should have covered the issue in the past.
  • This award cannot be held simultaneously with any other awards or a similar scheme of financial assistance.

Applications for the Award Programme can be submitted in English or in any other Indian language. Applicants must include the following in their submissions:

  • A brief curriculum vita with details of work experience, educational qualifications and awards and fellowships held in the past three years.
  • A proposal of approximately 1000 words, which will outline the particular thematic area in which the applicant would like to work. This should include details regarding the specific geographical location of the study, methodology, the relevance of the theme selected as well as the contribution it can make to the larger development debate in the country. Please also specify the language of communication.
  • In addition to the written proposal as outlined above, photojournalists must submit 10-15 images (minimum print size: 8inch x 10 inch) directly relating to the project for which the grant is being sought. These images must be of high photographic standard conveying the applicants grasp of using the language of photography. Applicants should also submit a portfolio of their selected work. All photographs will be returned to applicants.
  • Clippings of 5 articles (print journalists) or five published photographs (photojournalists) must be sent along with the application. Three recent and two other articles of applicant's choice.
  • Articles/photographs must have a byline
  • Two references with address and phone/fax numbers. Letter from editor, approving the candidate's application
  • Freelance journalists should include two letters of recommendation from editors or media personalities familiar with their work.
  • All applications must be typed. Handwritten and incomplete applications will not be considered.


  • The value of each award, inclusive of honorarium, travel and contingency grant is Rs. 1,25,000.
  • The selected print journalist awardees will be expected to publish at least ten articles or reasonable number of photographs (in case of photojournalists) on the chosen subject during the period. Out of these at least three would be in-depth research articles/photo essay
  • At the end of the awards period, the photojournalists will be expected to mount an exhibition of her/his works. The Foundation will meet an additional cost for mounting an exhibition for the photojournalist.
  • The Foundation has the right to use and/or reproduce wholly or partially the articles/photographs, arising out of the Award Programme, in any of its publications, without any additional payment.
  • The support provided by the National Foundation for India Media Awards Programme should be suitably acknowledged in all the articles/photos.
  • The Foundation will facilitate wider publication/syndication of the articles/photo essays and assist in translation of those in regional language for wider dissemination
  • Copyright and ownership of all work will rest with the awardees.

The Foundation will get in touch with only the applicants who are selected for the award programme.


The Foundation will be happy to give you more information about its activities as well as the Media Award Programme.

Mini Kakkar Singh
National Foundation for India
Zone IV A, Upper Ground Floor
India Habitat Centre, Lodi Road, New Delhi 110003
Phone: 2464-1864/65, 24648490/91;         Fax: 2464 1867
Email: mini@nfi.org.in; info@nfi.org.in       Website: www.nfi.org.in


Vacha Resource Centre for Women and Girls

Dear friends

It is with great pleasure that we invite you to the fourth annual Dr. Ashok Da. Ranade Memorial Lecture. As you are aware, Dr. Ranade had a lifelong passion for music and constantly endeavoured to understand, appreciate and unravel the mysteries of sound and music. His belief that music did not occur in a vacuum, led him to engage with art, literature, and other areas of cultural practice. We are hoping to reflect Dr. Ranade's breadth of vision and scholarship through this annual lecture series by inviting the best minds to speak about the research and practice they have been pursuing.

This year, we have invited Arshia Sattar, an authority on the Valmiki Ramayana, for a talk on the myriad ways in which it influences our contemporary narratives, culture, storytelling and personal dramaturgy, and how it continues to speak to us with its varied re-interpretations.

Do join us for this lecture. Entry is free and seating on a first-come-first served basis. May we also request you to share this mail with others who may be interested in this talk.

Best wishes.

Anjum Rajabali, Shubha Mudgal, Aneesh Pradhan and Chaitanya Kunte


Venue: Hall of Harmony, Nehru Centre, Dr. A. B. Road, Worli, Mumbai - 400018

  • Date: Wednesday, November 25, 2015
  • Time: 7 PM

Vacha Resource Centre for Women and Girls
Municipal School Building, Tank Lane, Santacruz (W), Mumbai- 400 054.
Ph. No. 022- 26055523
vachamail@gmail.com       http://www.vacha.org.in/


Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute

Deadline has been extended till 30th November 2015 to receive applications for recently announced MHRD funded programmes for the year 2015-16.

For more details please visit our website www.sici.org.in or www.sici.org. The link for the programmes is pasted below for your convenience http://www.sici.org.in/index.php?page=gao-for-indian-scholars


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