One Billion Rising in Delhi!

OBR activities across Delhi!

Dear friends,

Here is an update of OBR activities across Delhi! We are truly getting ready to rise on the 14th of February and these activities are propelling our energy and enthusiasm!

Azad Foundation in collaboration with CHSJ and Asmita Theatre just concluded their first OBR event in Nathupura, and will be now having these events across Delhi in various locations such as Bhalaswa, Wazirpur, Vishwas Nagar, Anand Vihar JJ Colony, Kalyanpuri, Gautampuri amongst others. They also have a big event planned in Lakshmi Nagar for the 14th of February!

Srijanatmak Manushi Sanstha has planned a peace walk in their community areas. They plan to have street performances (short dance or theatrical pieces) at 3/4 places-starting at Majboor Nagar JJ Camp, to the corner of West Vinod Nagar to Prince Apartments, to Madhu Vihar Market to Balco Market and then to Majboor Nagar JJ camp Via Joshi colony (and some Patpargunj societies opposite to it) and ending at Navniti apartments. This OBR peace walk will be in collaboration with local movers and shakers, Local RWAs and residents, NGOs, etc

Take Back The Night by RAHI was a great event with 100 youth campaigners taking part!

Samarthyam is organizing a big event in Connaught Place for OBR on Raahigiri Day (1st February). Please do join in large numbers and mobliise across your networks! The event is called "Reclaiming our cities to make these safe and accessible for all :Promote Accessgiri and Stop Violencegiri"

Manas Foundation is distributing flex boards with the OBR message!

They will also give information about OBR in their gender sensitization trainings with auto drivers.

We have participation from LSR and Miranda House this year, and have an all girls band on board!

Youth from Jagori's community area in Badarpur has prepared a dance performance which will be performed on 14th February. Jagori has also planned events in their community outreach areas.

If your events have already concluded, please send us pictures and short write-ups which will help us spread the information across networks!

How are you rising this year? Do let us know so that we can rise with even more energy and make OBR 2015 a huge success!



Seminar On Equity Focused And Gender Responsive Evaluation

Press Release -
(New Delhi, 23 January) The UN Women India Multi Country Office kicked off the International Year of Evaluation by organising a seminar on 'Equity Focused and Gender Responsive Evaluations' in New Delhi. Part of Evaluation Week (19-23 January), the seminar was co-organised by National Institute for Labour, Economics Research and Development (NILERD) under NITI AAYOG, the Government of India's policy think-tank.

UN Women believes that equity focused and gender responsive evaluations provide evidence in advancing gender equality and women's rights in the planning and implementation of existing and new schemes. 2015 has been declared as the International Year of Evaluation - the aim is to advocate and promote evaluation and evidence-based policy making at the international, regional, national and local levels.

The Evaluation Week and the seminar were attended by NITI AAYOG officials, representatives from UN agencies, donor organisations, experts, academicians and civil society. The inaugural session began with the handing over of the 'Evaluation Torch' - symbolising increasing awareness and knowledge of evaluation - by Marco Segone, Director of the Independent Evaluations Office, UN Women, to the Minister of State for Planning, Rao Inderjit Singh.

Mr. Segone's keynote address focussed on evaluations in sustainable development. "The move towards the Sustainable Development Goals makes 2015 an important year for the global development community," he said. "India's new government provides the evaluation community a great opportunity for moving towards effective and efficient monitoring and evaluating."

Mr. Segone also emphasised the importance of mainstreaming gender and social equity in evaluations. "We are looking at an evaluation process which not only looks at eliminating structural bottlenecks but also contributes to the empowerment process. Evaluation can be an agent of change for the world we want."

The seminar included interactive discussions on evaluating the Joint Review Mission of the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, school based evaluations, gender integrated health interventions, evaluating the World Food Programme's 'Food for Work' Programme, and challenges and methodologies. The seminar ended on a constructive note with an all-inclusive group discussion.

For more information on the International Year of Evaluation, visit

About UN Women
UN Women is the UN organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. A global champion for women and girls, UN Women was established to accelerate progress on meeting their rights worldwide.

For further information:
Ellora Guhathakurta
+91-98184 05406


Centre for Women's Development Studies Indian Association for Women's Studies (IAWS)

Jasodhara (Ratna) Bagchi, Founder Director, School of Women's Studies, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, scholar, writer, teacher and activist left us in the early hours of 9th January.

Many of her friends, colleagues and students have been gathering to pay tribute, and it will afford comfort to those who are in Delhi to spend time together to celebrate her life and share memories of precious moments spent with her.

Please join us on Thursday 29th January at the India International Centre Annexe, Lecture Room I (Ground floor), for a cup of tea at 5.30 pm followed by a memorial meeting which will begin at 6.00 pm. Speakers will include c0-workers, students and friends.

The meeting will be conducted by Dr. Kumud Sharma, Chairperson, CWDS.



Greenpeace India

High Court unblocks Greenpeace India funds

The Delhi High Court today ruled the Indian government must unfreeze Greenpeace India funds received from abroad. In its ruling the court noted that the action of the Ministry of Home Affairs in freezing Greenpeace India funds is "arbitrarily illegal" and "unconstitutional". It observed that NGOs are entitled to have their viewpoint and merely because their views are not in accordance with the Government's views it does not mean the NGO is acting to the detriment of the national interest.


Eco-Friendly Bag Producer Ecoad Raises First Round Of Equity Investment ...

Pune-based EcoAd started their business in one of the most crucial sectors in India - waste management - working to reduce the usage of highly polluting plastic bags. Women who would otherwise have no income, are employed by the team to produce paper bags and customize them with the brand of the local stores where the bags are eventually sold.

Swapnil Chaturvedi, Founder and Director of Samagra Sanitation, Ashoka Fellow, and supporter of the Gates Foundation, which funds him, granted the first round of investments to the company.

The women employed to produce the bags are for the moment based only in Pune, but the team is planning to establish a production base in Mumbai as well.


Action For India Annual Forum, 2015

Leveraging Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) to help social organisations scale, Action For India, a social enterprise, is set to host its fourth Annual Forum in Bangalore in January, 2015. ... read more on

The event is on 31st January and 1st February.

The aim of the forum is to offer training and guidance to social entrepreneurs to sustainably scale their organisations through the use of technology. This includes not only connecting stakeholders, but working hands-on with social entrepreneurs to scale their organisations by providing knowledge, skills, advice, mentorship and technology to help accelerate the social change they want to bring about.


World Economic Forum

Oxfam: More than a billion people live on less than $1.25 a day, according to Oxfam.

According to anti-poverty charity Oxfam, the portion of global wealth held by the world's most affluent reached 48 per cent last year, up from 44 per cent in 2009. Their share will likely exceed 50 per cent by 2016. Oxfam said in a letter addressed of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, this week.

The five-day annual meeting will be attended by 40 heads of state or government, including Union minister Arun Jaitley and Piyush Goyal as well as more than 100 industry leaders from India


Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI)

Workshop Qualitative research methods (QRM) have been used increasingly in public health researches in recent times. Many scientific enquiries in public health delve into complexities and explore into areas which are difficult to probe, or little-known phenomena, or investigate where and why policy/local knowledge and practice are at odds, and where research cannot be done experimentally for practical or ethical reasons and for which relevant variables are yet to be identified. The strength of QRM lies in bringing out insiders' meanings, capturing processes and bringing out the contexts in which events happen. These add meaning to data, help in contextualize and enhance transferability of interventions across contexts. Qualitative research (QR) also facilitates making informed decisions at various decision spectrums of a programme.

Date: February 23 - 27, 2015 (Monday to Friday)
Last date of registration - February 9, 2015

The goal of the course is to build six-core competencies in the area of theoretical frameworks, study design, data collection/ data management and analysis. Topics that would be covered during the workshop include

  • Epistemology of qualitative research
  • Choosing appropriate study designs in qualitative research;
  • Methods of data collection: Observation, In-depth interview and Focus Group Discussion
  • Data management in Qualitative Research Methods
  • Approaches to analysis of qualitative data using Atlas-ti
  • Writing up qualitative research for publication

Registration Fee
Indian National: 12000 INR per participant
Foreign National: 24000 INR per participant
Accommodation (Optional): 5000 INR per Indian/ Foreign participant for five days hostel accommodation (Double occupancy (Non-AC) including breakfast and dinner)

Interested participants may send their completed registration form to the address mentioned above along with the fees by Demand Draft, in favor of "Public Health Foundation of India" payable at New Delhi. Foreign nationals are requested to make only E-transfer to submit the fee. Registration fee includes workshop kit, lunch and refreshments.

Key Resource Faculty
Dr Aruna Bhattacharya, M.Sc., PhD (Anthropology) is associated in the domain of Health Systems Research since year 1998. Currently, an Associate Professor at the Institute, she has successfully designed and delivered course materials and training modules on Behavioral and Social Sciences and Qualitative Research Methods in the area of Public Health and written successful research grants based on Qualitative Research Methodology.

For Brochure and Application Form log on to


Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

Workshop on Utilisation of Solar Energy in Indian Metro and Rail Transport

New Delhi, 10.01.2015 - GIZ in partnership with Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Limited (DMRC), the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET UK) and lnstitution of Railway Electrical Engineers (IREE) organized a one day workshop in New Delhi to promote solar energy in metro and rail transport sector. The workshop was inaugurated by the chief guest Mr Navin Tandon, Board Member (Electrical), Indian Railways and Mr. Mangu Singh, Managing Director, DMRC along with senior officials from the organizers. More than 150 representatives from railways, metro rail corporations participated in the event. A small exhibition of solar photovoltaic technologies and components was also organized in parallel to the workshop.

The event was an initiative to highlight the potential of solar energy in the transport sector. It also aimed to inspire the participating organizations to learn from success of implementing solar energy in DMRC stations and buildings. GIZ and DMRC started exploring the potential of solar energy in 2012, and after the successful installation of the first pilot plant of 500 kW capacity at Dwarka Sector-21 Metro Station, DMRC is all set to replicate 20 MW rooftop solar photovoltaic capacity by the end of the year. The chief guest for the event, Mr Tandon congratulated DMRC and GIZ for their valuable contribution for demonstrating and implementing successful business case for solar photovoltaic plants.

In the workshop a number of experts from public institutions and the private sector provided insights into policy and business framework for adopting electricity generated by solar energy. The successful history and achievement of German Energy transition was also highlighted during the lively discussions. India has set an ambitious target of achieving 100 GW of solar by 2022 and transport sector is considered to be a large potential area for integrating solar energy specially rooftops.

More information about the project activity (click here)


United Nations Population Fund India (UNFPA) and NextGen partner on CSR Projects for Adolescent Girls using Digital Technologies

21st January, 2015, New Delhi: UNFPA has partnered with NextGen, India's leading CSR & Sustainability Management Company to provide a cloud and mobile enabled platform for corporates to channel Corporate Social Responsibility funding for the benefit of adolescent girls. This first of its kind platform,, will facilitate CSR projects to leverage UNFPA's expertise, experience and knowledge of working towards the cause of adolescent girls in over 150 countries. UNFPA has been supporting the people and the government of India in realizing potential of young people, sexual and reproductive rights and gender equality through evidence based approach and inclusive, transparent and accountable project management.

NextGen's powerful cloud and mobile solution, 'p3', will provide robust monitoring, evaluation, reporting and impact assessment for the projects on the platform. p3 will help bridge the accessibility gap for projects in rural remote areas by virtue of its mobile enablement. The platform lies at the intersection of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao' initiative for the benefit of girls in India, and the 'Digital India' initiative for improving governance and tracking of projects.

Emphasising the need for the platform, Frederika Meijer, Country Representative - India, UNFPA said, "Our experiences in the world tell us that investing in young people, especially adolescent girls, is one of the smartest investments we can make in reducing poverty and ensuring sustainable development of a society and a country as a whole. UNFPA, globally as well as in India, has been making efforts to provide a platform for everyone, the governments, NGOs, development partners and, increasingly, the private sector to join hands in fulfilling the rights and potential of the young generation, particularly the adolescent girls. We are pleased to launch in partnership with NextGen that will facilitate the cooperating companies achieve maximum impacts of their CSR funds."

Abhishek Humbad, Co-founder, NextGen, added, "We are excited to partner with UNFPA on this noble cause and provide our industry leading 'p3' solution. The cloud and mobile driven 'p3' solution is currently being used by corporates and development agencies across India to track, monitor and report CSR projects worth millions of dollars. 'p3' enables companies to generate reports on the progress and impact of their CSR projects, in real time and on the fly. Billions of dollars of development capital are spent annually across the globe but there is poor tracking or reporting of impact. We truly believe that digital technologies like cloud and mobile will transform the development sector, not just in India but across the globe".

"These are exciting times wherein technology is enabling women empowerment, which is itself uniquely placed at the cusp of two important missions of India: women and digital empowerment", added Richa Bajpai, Co-Founder, NextGen.

CEOs of large corporates as well as youth change agents have committed to work towards the cause of adolescent girls in India through the platform.

UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, is the lead UN agency for delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe, and every young person's potential is fulfilled. NextGen is India's leading CSR and Sustainability Management Company working with Fortune 500 clients across 16 sectors and 4 countries. With a young and passionate team led by founders recently selected as part of India's Forbes 30 under 30, NextGen is changing the way CSR is done in India through the use of technology. NextGen has developed "p3", India's first CSR and Sustainability Management IT platform on the cloud.

To know more please visit:

For more information please contact: Priya Malebennur,; Rajat Ray,


The Media Foundation invites nominations for
The Chameli Devi Jain Award 2014-15

The Media Foundation is pleased to invite nominations for its annual Chameli Devi Jain Awards for an Outstanding Woman Mediaperson for 2014-15.

Journalists in the print, broadcast and current affairs documentary film media are eligible, including photographers, cartoonists and newspaper designers. Names and addresses of sponsors or references should be clearly mentioned with email and phone numbers.

The criteria for selection will be excellence, analytical skill, social concern, insights, style, innovation, courage and compassion. Other things being equal, preference will be given to small town/rural and Indian language journalists. The entries will be evaluated by an independent panel of jurists whose verdict shall be final.

Nominations should include a bio-data (with complete postal address, telephone, fax numbers and email address, for facility of communication), together with samples of work done during 2013-14 in the form of clippings/tapes/CDs. These should be accompanied by a brief appreciation of why the candidate is especially deserving of recognition.

Nominations can be sent to The Media Foundation, Flat no 2B, 1/23 Shanti Niketan, New Delhi -110021 or emailed to or Nominations should reach the Media Foundation not later than February 18, 2015.

The Award will be announced some days before it is presented at the India International Centre Auditorium in Delhi on March 19, 2015.

Address mails /


Seminar on Child Protection

Call for participation in the Seminar on Child Protection to be held on 4th -6th Feb 2015.

Dear Friends,

Greetings to you from SERFAC

We are pleased to inform you that SERFAC is starting a series of programmes on 'Child Protection' an urgent social need for children, both in the home and institutions.

We have attached a brochure for this seminar.

Considering the urgency of the topic, I do hope you will avail and send a few staff members and inform parents of students in your institution on the seminar.

If we can be any assistance to facilitate participation, please write to us.

We look forward to your participation

Thanking you
Yours Sincerely
Dr. Catherine Bernard
Director, SERFAC
Service and Research Institute on Family and Children
Web site:, Brochure for Child protection seminar to be held on 4th -6th Feb 2015 NP



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