Call for Application: Jagori's FLDC 2016-18

Greetings from JAGORI!

Jagori has been organizing an annual Gender Basic Course (GBC) for several years now; this year, we are introducing a Feminist Leadership Development Course (FLDC), which would be replacing GBC. FLDC is a long term course, as a part of which, we would look forward to develop feminist leadership of a pool of facilitators, who in turn will extensively reach out to a wider audience and sensitize their communities/ institutions and undertake some new initiatives. These facilitators will be a select group of participants associated with organisations from different states. They would undergo a series of rigorous training on thematic issues and feminist training tools and methodology, to strengthen their feminist consciousness and gender mainstreaming principles.

Some details:
a) Key Objectives of the course:

  • To develop an understanding on the concepts of gender and feminism
  • To understand the politics of marginalization in a power dominated society, through a feminist perspective
  • To analyze the current model of development, through a gender sensitivity lens and create alternative strategies
  • To establish a strong network group
b) The course is divided into following five phases:
  • Phase I:   Dec 13th-22nd, 2016 – “Understanding various gender dimensions through a feminist perspective”
  • Phase II:   May 8th – 13th, 2017 – “A national level meeting where participants will share their experiences and present the initiatives they undertook after their participation in the Phase I”
  • Phase III:   Sep 19th –24th, 2017 – “Looking at invisible labour and its impact on women's health through a women's safety perspective”
  • Phase IV:   Feb 5th – 9th, 2018 – “Sexuality and Disability”
  • Phase V:   July 12th–13th, 2018 – “A Presentation on the entire process and planning the way ahead”
c) Who will be the participants?
  • This course is specifically meant for community practitioners and NGO workers who are engaging on gender issues as a part of capacity building programmes in their respective organizations, with a work experience of at least one year
d) Language for the course: The course will be conducted in Hindi.

Our Feminist Leadership Development Course (FLDC) 2016-18 is now open for application.

Concept note for your reference. This note includes the Need Assessment Form, which we request the interested applicants to kindly print, fill, sign themselves, get signed from the organizational Director and submit to us (via e-mail/speed post/courier) asap.

For more info: JAGORI
B-114, Shivalik, Malviya Nagar
NEW DELHI 110 017
Phone: 011 26691219 & 2669 1220
Helpline: 011 2669 2700 (Mon-Fri, 9.30-5.30 )
website: www.jagori.org
email: training@jagori.org

For Concept note Shruti (09873126123)


Sruti disAbility Rights Centre

Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill Press Release

A meeting of several national level and Delhi based disability rights organisations was held in Delhi on November 5, 2016.

The meeting expressed dismay over the inordinate delay on the part of the central government in the passage of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill.

The RPD Bill introduced in the Rajya Sabha in February 2014 was sent to the Department Related Standing Committee, which submitted its report and recommendations in May 2015.

It is regrettable that even after the passage of eighteen months the government is still to spell out its stand with regard to various concerns about the Bill that disability rights organisations have raised; the recommendations of the Standing Committee and the action that it proposes to take. This is inexplicable. In its absence, disability rights organisations are unable to frame their response.

A countrywide campaign has been launched by national level disability organisations centering around the demand that the government should make public its stand with regard to the Bill and the amendments it proposes to make through an Action Taken Report. It should be taken up in the forthcoming Winter Session of Parliament for discussion.

As part of this campaign, representatives of these organisations would be meeting Members of Parliament urging them to raise the issue in parliament and exert pressure on the government.

Demonstrations will be held in all state capitals on November 21.

Coinciding with World Disability Day, on December 3, 2016, thousands of disabled persons will rally in Delhi for a huge demonstration before parliament.

National Platform for the Rights of the Disabled
National Federation of the Blind
All India Federation of Deaf
National Association of the Blind
Rashtriya Viklang Manch
Parivar- National Confederation of Parents Organisations of PwIDDs
Human Rights Law Network
Federation of Disability Rights
Disabled Employees Association of Railways
Sense International
The Leprosy Mission Trust of India
JNU Visually Challenged Students Forum
Yes We Can
Delhi Viklang Adhikar Manch


Centre for Legal Services

Invites you to a programme on the theme “Impact of Law on Women” to observe the International Human Rights Day
on Thursday 08 December 2016 from 3pm to 5.30 pm
at YWCA Asha Kiran, J.P. Road, Andheri West, Mumbai - 400 053.

3.00pm Jagruti Geet
3.15 pm Welcome Address by Sunita More
3.20pm Introduction by Maria Ishwaran
3. 30 pm Skit by MAVA on Sexual harassment at work place
4.00 pm Speaker, Monica Sakhrani- Advocate and social activist
Speaker, Lara Jesani - Advocate and activist
4.30pm Refreshments
4.45pm Discussion
5.15pm Vote of Thanks and Songs

WOMEN NETWORKING is an informal network of various women's groups, community organisations and interested individuals, to provide a platform to address women's issues such as livelihood, labour, violence, food, health and shelter.

Contact: Jaya Menon, c/o Centre for Legal Services, Motilal Nagar No.1, Unit No.140/1117, Road No 10, Goregaon West, Mumbai- 400 104. Email: jaya11200@yahoo.co.in

Women Networking Partners: Aakar Mumbai, Ashankur, Asha Deep Community Centre, Centre for Legal Services, Centre For the Study of Social Change, Jagruti Kendra, Justice and Peace Commission, Malad Women's Cell, Mukti Sadan, Prayas Kendra, Prayatana Community Centre, Roshni Griha, Sanmitra Trust, Satyashodak, Silver Innings Foundation, Vimla Vikas Kendra, Watch Foundation, Women's Grievances Redressal Cell, Yuva, YWCA and individuals.


Tulir - Centre for the Prevention & Healing of Child Sexual Abuse

Safe Schools: Supporting schools address child sexual abuse, holistically is the theme this time of Tulir - Center for the Prevention and Healing of Child Sexual Abuse's continuing workshop series - Connecting the Dots.

They will be held in Chennai between November 28 - 30, 2016.



The lead facilitator will be Dr Lois J Engelbrecht, who has helped create systems of prevention and response to sexual abuse of children in the Phillippines, Malaysia, China, India, Saudi Arabia, Ghana and Vietnam. Read more about Dr Engelbrecht at http://www.waldenu.edu/about/newsroom/publications/articles/2011/07-going-the-distance

A school's integrity and worth is not based on whether cases of sexual violence against children happen to children on its rolls. Instead it is based on the acceptance of the possibilities of occurrence and proactive steps taken to both safeguard and respond in a timely and appropriate way to ensure that its children may benefit from its caring and foresight to truly have the right to be safe all the time, everywhere. Besides, as places where children spend a large portion of their time, schools have a legal and ethical responsibility to keep their students safe. The situation is compounded by mounting research about adverse childhood events' lifelong effect on people's lives, so creating a safe and protective school community should be of paramount importance to educators.

Increasing school enrollment is the core of all child related policies, schemes and programs with the school already the one social institution outside the family with which many children have consistent ongoing contact. With a large part of the truly “awake” time of a child's waking hours being spent at school, schools are at the frontline of child protection. Besides educators have a special role in combating child sexual abuse, as they possess the knowledge, training and opportunity to observe and respond to children's behaviour and physical conditions over a period of time. Additionally, because of the close daily contact they are in a unique position to identify these children who need help and protection.

Child sexual abuse cannot happen in a vacuum. Various factors together are involved which allow for abuse to happen but these very same aspects when reworked, can provide for a holistic and coordinated program to safeguard children in a school setting and establish a culture of safety.


A child protection policy (CPP) articulates an organization’s zero tolerance approach to child abuse. An important step towards achieving this objective would be for every institution which works with and for children to develop and adhere to a child protection policy, taking into account their unique idiosyncrasies, which would have clear cut guidelines and protocols to provide for a safe and conducive environment for both children and the adults with whom they interact. This is especially significant as there is enough evidence, both anecdotally and research based, to indicate offenders often intentionally target child-serving organizations due to the proximity and accessibility the work offers to children — a corollary to the well established fact that children are usually abused by people who are responsible for their well being and welfare and whom they trust. Abusers particularly take advantage of those organizations they perceive as unsafe – lack of protocols and supervision, careless in managing risks etc. On the one hand a CPP helps protect the staff of an organization from allegations of abuse, giving them the confidence to know there is a clear cut system of redress in case an allegation is leveled, on the other it helps organizations be proactive in safeguarding children.


With the objective of empowering primary school going age children to safeguard themselves against CSA, the sessions on Personal Safety Education is to provide participants with an understanding of age-appropriate information and the accompanying non-threatening methods to convey it while utilizing a variety of resources developed specifically for this purpose


Children and young people abusing their peers or other children with heightened vulnerabilities, is a reality today. The causes of sexual abusive behaviors are varied and include both victimization experience and learning from family and community behaviors and culture. If parents, educators and communities remain reluctant to acknowledge the existence of sexual misbehaviors by children and youth and respond to these behaviors inappropriately, they could worsen situations It is necessary to identify and promote practical ideas to work with communities to build positive messages and behaviours and practice appropriate response to children with sexual misbehavior issues for healthy sexual development


With various aspects of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses (POCSO) 2012 including sectors apart from the criminal justice system, a presentation on the highlights of the Act and its relevance to educators and educational institutions will wrap up the workshop

Understanding the dynamics of child sexual abuse, and knowing the community resources and services available, will be integral aspects for the specific workshops mentioned below

Since limited seats are available, participants will be selected based on their completed application forms (Please find attached Application form) which will be accepted up to Nov 26, 2016. Participants will be informed of their acceptance within a day of Tulir receiving the application.

The venue of the workshop will be in Kilpauk, Chennai - 600 010 and will be intimated after completion of registration formalities – completed application form, acceptance and prior payment which can be made through DD/cheque/electronic transfer

Registration fee will be Rs 800/- per day including lunch and tea

Relevant learning material will be provided. The workshops will be in English

Timings : Only on Day 1 the workshop will be from10 am - 5pm. All other days will be 9.30 am- 4.30pm.

Participants will have to make their own travel and accommodation arrangements. (Tulir can assist with suggestions)

Please contact tulircphcsa@yahoo.co.in or call 26618026 (10 am - 6 pm, Monday – Friday) for further details. We will be glad to clarify any other related queries and encourage you to share this information with others who you think may be interested.

Thanks and looking forward


The Delhi QueerFest 2016 - open mic, 25th Nov 2016

The Delhi QueerFest begins with an Open Mic Night on the 25th of November at Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan at 7 PM. There will be readings, poetry, music, dancing, rants, elegies, and erotica and many things fun about sex and desire, bodies and cravings, uncles and aunties, publics and politics, ethics and dilemmas, our first loves and our last, our dreams and nightmares, our futures and futures past, absolutely anything about us, everything about us, nothing about us. Open Mic isn't just a space for voices and gestures to find resonance and an audience but for us to remind ourselves and build that without which survival and joy would be impossible — community.

We hope you'd come and bring friends and lovers to cheer queerness on for the rest of this rather dark year and into the new one.

We invite readings, songs, poetry, videos, films, dances, mimes, rants, elegies, erotica and art in any language and form imaginable. The call is open to all. We only request that you keep your performance to a maximum of ten minutes, and let us know if you have any specific stage requirements.

Email us at delhiqueerfest2016@gmail.com to sign up and guarantee a spot, or just sign up at the venue.


The Kabir Festival Mumbai

We are happy to announce a workshop with the renowned Baul singer, Parvathy Baul, here in Mumbai, on *Sunday, 4th December, 2016*

The workshop is being organized with the intention of facilitating an exploration of the Baul tradition and poetry through singing and discussion. Parvathy Baul, an internationally renowned Baul singer, will conduct this workshop.

Those who do own an ektara or duggi may please bring it along to the workshop.

*Venue:* Somaiya Centre for Lifelong Learning, 2nd Floor, Somaiya Bhavan, Fountain Circle, (Above Kitab Khana), M.G.Road, Mumbai - 400 001
*Timing:*9.30 AM to 4.30 PM with a one hour lunch break at around 1.00 PM
*Workshop Fees* - Rs.1000/- (to help pay for travel and an honorarium to the artist)
*Group size :* Max.30 participants.
*Registration :* by confirmation over e-mail on kabirfestivalmumbai@gmail.com and by calling Falguni Desai on 9820380105.
*PLEASE DO NOT REGISTER IF YOU ARE NOT CERTAIN OF ATTENDING * Please send your cheque for the Workshop Fees in favour of SAHEJ FOUNDATION - to Falguni Desai Contact: 9820380105 81 Free Press House, Free Press Journal Marg, Nariman Point, Mumbai 400021


Guild for Service


Marriage ceremonies are common across cultures for multiple reasons. First, marriage is an important emotional and social transition for the bride and groom, and participation of family and friends in the process can be a major source of emotional and financial support for the newlyweds. Second, marriage usually marks a dramatic change in social status for individual newlyweds. In most societies, marriage signifies adulthood and potential parenthood. The couple is expected to establish a new home apart from their natal families. The marriage ceremony emphasizes the importance of these new statuses and the behavioral expectations associated with them, both for the individuals and the community.

India is a traditional patriarchal country and is known for crimes against women, female feticide, child marriages and whether you are poor or rich you have to pay a huge dowry for marriages. In 1971 after the war of Bangladesh, the Guild for Service in partnership with War Widows Association launched its 1st group marriage function. In a society with strong religious, cultural, conservative society, a widow remarriage was considered a bad omen. Hence we started with widow remarriages. Later we included marginalized and differently abled couples, inter caste and inter community marriages. So far we have successfully settled the lives of more than 50,000 girls including widows, inter caste, inter community, differently abled couples towards a change in the society since 46 years of its existence-initiated by Guild for Service.

These expense-free marriages abolish the practice of dowry, promote inter-caste and inter-community marriages and widow remarriage. It is through such endeavors that the Guild for Service seeks to function as a catalyst for change in society.

We are happy that as agents of change, we have been able to bring about a changed outlook towards marriage and remarriage. The couples are happy that the dowry system, honour killings are eliminated in our group marriages. All marriages are performed in the day time so that electricity is not wasted.

19th November 2017, 3pm will see group marriages of 10 couples who are from poor financial background.

The couples will be given essential items and the wedding attire to start their life. The Guild is particular that these couples who are getting married should be with jobs and girls should be in vocational training. The Guild undertakes vocational training for the girls and gives a lecture on family planning was delivered to the couples by counselor from the Family Planning Association. On this day couples are also explained the meaning of marriage and advantages of a small family. Couples are given condoms so that they have a small family. It would indeed be a red letter day for us if you will a partner as an agent of change and join us.

We would like to request you to kindly join us in our endeavor to provide fillip to National Integration and Communal Harmony or would be most grateful if you could depute someone to cover the event.

We look forward to your participation as we believe that it is through the process of sensitization that one can instill a passion of commitment to work for marginalized and spread a desire in many to serve for this cause.

For more information, please contact:
Guild For Service.
+91-11-41013416 / 17
guildofserviceni@yahoo.com; guildofserviceni@gmail.com


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