Sahiyar (Stree Sangathan)

Dear All,

We invite you to participate in the various programmes organised by Sahiyar (Stree Sangathan) for the Celebration of the International Women's Day.

Book release On 7th March ' - "Swasth Smaj Jatiy Shoshanthi Mukt Samaj' - a booklet in Gujarati about the Sexual Harassment at Work place (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal ) Act 2013 and Criminal Law Amendment Act 2013 along with sections for formation and functioning of the Internal Complaints Committees, Material for conducting awareness programme on the issue, etc.

Ms. Anagha Sarpotedar, a research scholar (from TISS, Mumbai) and activist working on the issue of sexual harassment will be the chief guest and will speak on the issue.

Venue : 'Arvind hall Above Ladies Canteen, MS UniversityThe Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda.
Time : 4.00pm to 6.00pm.

Trupti Shah
37, Patrakar Colony, Tandalja Road,
Post-Akota, Vadodara - 390 020
Phone No. + 91 - 265 - 2320399
Email No:


"Gender and Livelihood: Opportunities and Challenges"

On the occasion of International Women's Day, 2015, Women's Studies Department, Barkatullah University, Bhopal is organizing two days National Seminar on " Gender and Livelihood: Opportunities and Challenges" from 10-11th March 2015.

The National Seminar aims to understand the larger question of livelihood and how it is entwined to the questions of women and livelihood activities in Indian society and how livelihood generation initiatives can lead to economic empowerment of women.

Kindly send your formal consent for participation in the national Seminar as an expert/ resource person along with your brief CV.kindly also send your Mobile/ contact no for further discussion.

Detail of the programme schedule and other details will be sent to you in the first week of March 2015.

Time of Inaugural session: 11.00 am on 10th March 2015
Venue:Seminar Hall, Sociology Department, Barkatullah University, Bhopal

You are cordially invited to attend the Seminar

For details:
Prof. Asha Shukla( Seminar Director)
Women's Studies Department
Barkatullah University


All India Women's Democratic Association

The AIDWA calls for the immediate suspension of Dr. R.K Pachauri, Director General of TERI, who has been accused of sexually harassing a young woman colleague. We believe that simply proceeding on voluntary leave is not an adequate response, given the serious nature of the allegation.

It is indeed shocking that a person in such a senior position in a very reputed organisation has been accused of sexual harassment at the workplace, indicating the vulnerability of women and the challenges they face at the work place.

We are also concerned that the courts have promptly given bail to the accused; by taking such a lenient view, they are in fact downgrading the seriousness of a problem that is invisible but quite rampant in our country.

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


Appeal for articles in Indian Journal of Secularism (IJS)

Dear Friends,

Indian Journal of Secularism [ISSN 2277-5501] is a quarterly journal published by the Centre for Study of Society and Secularism (CSSS). IJS was started in the year 1993 under the editorship of Dr. Asghar Ali Engineer.

The aim was to spread information and exchange views on the events affecting peace and secularism in India. It covers issues like ethnic violence, communal violence, issues relating to citizenship rights and democracy, composite culture and peace. It provided great help to activists to plan their interventions and give a bird's eye view of the happenings related to secularism world over.

Prominent thinkers and authors like Steve Wilkinson, Paul Brass, Bipin Chandra, T.K Oommen, Romila Thapar, Kuldip Nayar, Soli Sorabjee, Christophe Jafferlot and Gabrielle Dietrich have written articles for the Journal in its journey of over two decades. Contributions by well respected authors and their discerning analysis of the Indian society and secular trends around the world have made the Journal very popular. It is widely subscribed to by educational Institutions, colleges and Universities. Researchers and scholars refer to the journal regularly. The journal is also referred to by civil society organizations which draw inputs for their interventions from prevailing contexts and analysis of the situation. The Journal is diligently edited and published every three months.

CSSS requests you to write articles on relevant topics for the journal. This becomes all the more important in the light of challenges presented to the secular fabric of India and the marginalization of vulnerable sections of our society like religious minorities, women and Dalits, rendering them as second class citizens. This inequality and violence affects the democratic culture of the country adversely. There is a need for more analysis and research to throw light on the complex issues sought to be discussed. Succinct and clear articles will facilitate debates and discussions and bring these important issues having bearing on overall discourse of development and justice to the forth. Thus it's our humble appeal to send us your articles to publish in IJS.

Articles can be sent on following email id:

With regards,
Irfan Engineer
Centre for Study of Society and Secularism
E-mail: Website:


Ministry of Women and Child Developemnt

Press Information Bureau
Government of India

The two-day national meet on Adoption concludes with consensus to protect interests of children

Aadhar cards to be issued to all children in adoption agencies across India

The two-day National meet on adoption organised by Child Adoption Resource Authority (CARA) of the Union Ministry of Women and Child Development concluded in New Delhi today. The meet concluded with the message that all stakeholders should make every possible effort to ensure that the interests of the children are given utmost importance in the process of adoption. The meet was inaugurated yesterday by Union Minister of Women and Child Development, Smt Maneka Sanjay Gandhi. She told the stakeholders that any kind of delay in adoption process will not be tolerated and entire process of adoption of a child should not take more than 4 months.

The inaugural session was followed by sessions on various subjects related to the process of adoption. During the sessions, various stakeholders including child care agencies, legal experts, representatives from MEA and UIDAI discussed issues and processes related to the implementation of adoption guidelines. The experts also addressed and took due note of the concerns and issues raised by various agencies especially Specialised Adoption Agencies (SAAs).

The proposed Guidelines Governing Adoption of Children, 2015 were discussed in detail at the session. The guidelines have been framed keeping in mind the issues and challenges that have been faced by CARA, adoption agencies and prospective adoptive parents (PAPs). With the new guidelines, it will become possible for PAPs to track the status of their application. It will also make the entire system centralised, transparent and efficient.

The Chairperson of CARA, Smt Deepak Sandhu, said that all stakeholders present at the meet are involved in the task of protection of rights of the children and all should work together to achieve this objective. She also emphasised upon the role of awareness campaigns so that illegal adoptions can be checked and the rights of the child can be protected in future.


Women Unlimited


We are sending you an invitation to a most unusual launch, of a book written by a most unusual and extraordinary young woman. Fallen, Standing is Reshma Valliappan's first-person account of living, struggling, and coming to terms with, schizophrenia. And then discovering her creativity, through which she learns to deal with her condition. Her book is powerful, poignant, eloquent - and uplifting.

Do try and come and hear her tell it like it was.

Ritu Menon

Fallen Standing


The Assam State Museum, Kiran Nadar Museum of Art and
North East Network


An eight projection video installation that brings together the testimonies of sexual violence against women during times of conflict, spanning multiple sites, eras and voices.

at the Assam State Museum Gopinath Bordoloi Road, Ambari, Guwahati, Assam 781001 on Saturday, 28th February 2015 at 12.00 noon

The exhibition will be on view from 1 March 2015 to 31 May 2015

TIMINGS: 10.00 am - 5.00 pm (Open Tuesday - Sunday) (Closed on Government holidays, Mondays & 2nd, 4th Saturdays of the month)

-For media queries please contact: E: | M: +91 9582732689

RSVP: E: | M: +91 9435017824

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SHIVI Development Society

Report on Roundtable Discussion on UNSCR 1325: Women, Peace and Security

We are pleased to share the report on Roundtable Discussion on UNSCR 1325: Women, Peace and Security held on 17th February 2015 by Shivi Development Society.

Any further suggestions to make the plan more comprehensive are welcomed.

SHIVI development Society (SDS)
Report - Roundtable Discussion on UNSCR 1325.pdf


Everyday Women Who Inspire You campaign

Dear Friends,

launching tomorrow, called *#WomenWhoInspire.*

We are asking people to think about everyday women who inspire them. We are talking about women we never talk about. They are not celebrities, they are neither famous nor popular. *They are us, we are they.*

They can be your colleague who stood up against the unfair treatment of a peon. They can be your domestic help who ensured her daughter's education hence delaying her early marriage. Maybe your teacher who took education out of the traditional classroom or a woman in your neighbourhood who celebrated the birth of her second girl child. Or your friend who is raising her child as a single mother against societal odds.

Send us a picture of hers with a short blurb on who she is and how she inspires you via email at * .*

This is to going to be an album of such pictures so we can build a conversation together about women we never talk about. I'll also be throwing this open to everyone who writes and reads on *Feminism In India*, where they can use these photos as prompts or choose something of their own on the topic, to write about.

I'm hoping to raise some interesting questions through this, on how women have achieved equality in their community.

While it is launching tomorrow, I'm sending this note out in advance to a few of you whom I thought may be interested. I'm trying to get some early pics in so we can enthuse more people to join in and put together a really interesting exhibit on women from different walks of life.

Would be great if you could send me your *#WomenWhoInspire* picture early on!

Campaign Page:

Japleen Pasricha
Feminist Activist
Founder-Facilitator of Feminism in India


Six journalists bag Government of India-UNDP Media Fellowships on Decentralized Planning-2015

Press Release

Mukesh Kumar Kejariwal and Harikishan Sharma of Dainik Jagran; Pavithra S Rangan of Outlook magazine; Sandip Das of The Financial Express; Rakhi Ghosh, a freelance journalist and Atul Kumar Singh of Hindustan have been awarded the Government of India and UNDP Media Fellowships on Decentralized Planning - 2015. The media Fellowship is awarded annually for journalists to work in Madhya Pradesh and Odisha.

The announcement was made today in New Delhi by an eminent jury comprising B.K Kuthiala, Vice- Chancellor, Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism and Communication; Mrinal Chatterjee, Head, Indian Institute of Mass Communication (Dhenkanal); K.S Sachidananda, Resident Editor, Malayala Manorama and The Week; Nidhi Razdan, Senior Editor, NDTV; Indu Patnaik, Joint Adviser (MLP), NITI Aayog; Radhika Kaul Batra, UN Coordination Advisor; and Rajiv Tikoo, Director, OneWorld Foundation India.

Out of the six fellows, Kejariwal, Sharma and Rangan have been selected to work in Madhya Pradesh, and Das, Ghosh and Singh are expected to work in Odisha. The working languages will be English, Hindi or Odia.

The six selected Fellows will each receive a stipend of INR 150,000 plus expenses to publish news or feature stories and analytical pieces on decentralized planning over a six-month period. Decentralized planning and implementation is widely regarded as a powerful tool to address challenges such as poor service delivery, social exclusion and disparities across varied geographical areas and communities.

Congratulating the winners, Jaco Cilliers, Resident Representative and Country Director, United Nations Development Programme said, "The Government of India and UNDP Media Fellowships on Decentralization announced today recognize the crucial role of the media in reporting on development issues and decentralization. We hope that these Fellowships will help journalists in reporting on important challenges facing India today and in the future."

Instituted by the NITI Aayog, Government of India and UNDP, and managed by OneWorld Foundation India, the aim of the fellowship is to strengthen public awareness and engagement on issues of decentralized planning.

For more information contact: Nandita Surendran;



Submissions of 4000-9000 words (in any language).

Due March 1, 2015
For publication in Spring 2016

Few primary and secondary texts about transgender lives and ideas have been translated from language to language in any formal way over the centuries.

Meanwhile, transgender, gender variant, and gender non-confirming people have often been exiles, translators, language mediators, and multilinguals in greater numbers and intensities historically than their cisgender counterparts have. This kind of positionality among languages has become a generative, yet often precarious aspect of trans* embodiment. Nonetheless, the discourses of transgender studies (as in the neighboring fields of LGBT / queer studies) continue to be more Anglophone, more monolingual, and less translated than they historically ought to be, given how the subjects that produced those discourses have often been prototypes of transnational and translingual border-crossing.

This paradox continues to constrain disciplinary and conceptual agendas around sexuality and gender a great deal more than in other fields that have enjoyed consistent state and institutional support as well as access to international distribution pathways. This is an important problem for transgender studies in the coming decades because an Anglophone disciplinary and discursive disposition will continue to lead policy-makers, public intellectuals, and academics to fall back on ethnocentric and monolingual frameworks and resources. It perpetuates a hierarchical conceptual economy, with Anglophone and West European linguacultures at the top and trans and queer vernaculars in other languages either at the bottom of the epistemic order, or sequestered into localist, ethnicized, or neo-Orientalist fetish. If not profoundly transformed, how will this discursive hierarchization impact the multi-directional traffic in trans knowledge and ideas in years ahead?

This issue of Transgender Studies Quarterly calls for multilingual and translational critique.

This may take the form of:

Essays offering a metacriticism of the field, its terms, and its methodologies from a multilingual point of view

Essays offering a theoretical problematization of national languages and transnational lingua francae as such from a trans perspective

Essays exploring the idea of a trans* lingua franca beyond Anglocentricity

Trans-oriented research that often gets elided precisely because of rhetorical Anglocentricity or methodological monolingualism

Essays critiquing the relationship between travel and multilingualism in trans* contexts

Ethnographic studies of multilingual transgender spaces and communities

Ethnographic studies of medical, legal, penal, educational contexts in which transgender positionality or existence are negotiated translingually

Reflections on the craft and practice of translation

Studies on how Anglocentricity in transgender epistemology perpetuates itself-institutionally, methodologically, politically

Essays exploring how language normativity intersects with racial,ethnic, civic, sexual, erotic, socio-economic normativity in transgender contexts

Studies that model a "multilingual transgender studies" or a multilingual trans-futurity more broadly

Case studies on how language frontiers shape the planetary landscape of transgender discourse

Reflections on the process of translating texts dealing with transgender and gender variance

Essays on what transgender methodology in translation theory or practice might look like

Essays exploring what working interpreters and translators (literary, poetic, technical, diplomatic) may reveal about transgender epistemology

Historical studies linking multilingual, code-switching, and translingual practice with transgender embodiment

Historical studies linking the genealogy of monolingualism with various kinds of gender normativity

Initial submissions may be in any language and will be peer-reviewed accordingly. Duke University Press requires publication in English, and we will commission translations of accepted submissions in the latter process of review. Accepted submissions will be published in the original language on TSQ's Web site. Please send a complete manuscript by March 1, 2015 to along with a short abstract and brief bio including name and any institutional affiliation. The expected length for scholarly articles is 4000 to 9000 words, and 1000 to 2000 words for shorter works. All manuscripts should be prepared for anonymous peer review. For articles engaging in scholarly citation, please use the Chicago author-date citation style. Any questions should be addressed to

TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly is co-edited by Paisley Currah and Susan Stryker, and published by Duke University Press, with editorial offices at the University of Arizona's Institute for LGBT Studies. TSQ aims to be the journal of record for the interdisciplinary field of transgender studies and to promote the widest possible range of perspectives on transgender phenomena broadly defined. Every issue of TSQ is a specially themed issue that also contains regularly recurring features such as reviews, interviews, and opinion pieces. To learn more about the journal and see calls for papers for other issues, visit For information about subscriptions, visit



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