SNDT Women's University Mumbai

Dear Friends,

DR BABASAHEB AMBEDKAR CHAIR SNDT WOMEN'S UNIVERSITY MUMBAI organises a Panel Discussion on The Union Budget 2017-18 on 17th February between 2 5 pm at Churchgate Campus, Committee Room, Mumbai-20


  • Dr Ravi Duggle
  • Dr Vibhuti Patel
  • Dr Kisan Ingole




The webinar was the first of ACTIONAID new series looking at themes being addressed in ActionAid's 5 year POWER (Promoting Opportunities for Women's Empowerment and Rights) project. This is taking place in Ghana, Rwanda, Bangladesh and Pakistan and is supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Netherlands. The project is working through local partners to achieve economic empowerment for women in rural communities. It is doing so by focusing on a number of interlinked areas: Unpaid Care Work, Climate Resistant Sustainable Agriculture, access to markets and Violence Against Women. It builds on ActionAid's extensive programme and policy experience in these thematic areas. The next webinar is planned later this year.


The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ)


The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) is committed to gender equity in all its work, and is launching a contest for creative expressions of women's rights.

On the occasion of International Women's Day, join up in making Gender Equity a reality! Create a powerful graphic/logo or a witty slogan that packs a punch on any or both the following two themes

  1. Combating online harassment of women journalists
  2. Increasing the number of women in media unions

For more info




The world's leading independent academic publisher, SAGE in association with Indian Institute for Human Settlements is pleased to announce the first winner of the "Tejeshwar Singh Memorial Award for Excellence in Writing on the Urban" at City Scripts - The IIHS Urban Writings Festival held recently in Bangalore.

The award is an initiative to honor the memory of "Tejeshwar Singh", the former Managing Director of SAGE India and doyen of the publishing industry in South Asia. SAGE's commitment towards promoting innovative and quality research takes another quantum leap with the inception of this prestigious award. The winner will be awarded a certificate of recognition and cash prize of Rs 50,000/- annually at the City Scripts event.

This year the award has been given to Ms Amrita Shah for her work "For Ahmedabad: A City in the World".


The Indian Christian Women's Movement


The Indian Christian Women's Movement fully supports Naga Women's demand for 33% reservation in the Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) and takes strong exception to the opposition of the male dominated tribal bodies to giving reservation to women citing customary laws.

We condemn the violence used to prevent the polls from being held and the police high handedness that caused the death of two persons.

We call upon the Joint Coordination Committee (JCC) to respect the directive of the Gawhati High Court to allow elections to be held.

We admire the fact that Nagaland has one of the highest literacy rates in the country, especially that of women which stands at 76.11%. Thus it is untenable that Naga women be held back from standing for elected office. We therefore call upon the men of Naga society to recognize and value the contribution that Naga women in elected office in ULBs can make towards the betterment of the cities in the State and its environment by their participation in these decision making bodies.

We also call upon the State Government to initiate a dialogue between the JCC and women's groups so that the constitutionally valid right of women to stand for ULB elections will be acknowledged and accepted and the long standing stalemate in holding local elections will end.

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Noella D'Souza MCJ             Virginia Saldanha
           Convenor                                   Secretary


SEWA and UN Women

Dear colleagues,

Greetings from SEWA and UN Women!

We write to request you to please 'save-the-date' on 21st February 2017 for the India launch of the report of the United Nation's High Level Panel (UNHLP) on Women's Economic Empowerment at the UNDP Conference Hall, 55 Lodi Estate, New Delhi. Minister of State for Commerce and Industry, Ms. Nirmala Sitharaman, has kindly agreed to inaugurate the conference.

To give you a background, the first ever UNHLP on Women's Economic Empowerment launched its report in the UN General Assembly in September 2016. This global initiative has been possible because of the generous contribution of the UK Department for International Development (DFID). The India event will comprise the national launch of the UNHLP report, followed by a Panel Discussion, and the securing of commitments from stakeholders (government and businesses) for implementing some aspects of the report at the country level. The event also seeks to lay the foundation for longer-term engagement and partnerships with participants on the issues of strengthening women and their communities in supply chains, with a specific focus on the 'Bottom of the Pyramid', that is, women in the informal sector, including small businesses, agricultural workers and self-employed, with a focus on select Make in India sectors. For this purpose, the event will bring together relevant stakeholders such as the government, private sector companies, as well as practitioners from the development sector, academicians, and grassroots organisations. This event also holds special relevance in the context of the 61st Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61), where UN member states will convene to discuss and develop intergovernmental consensus on the priority theme"Women's Economic Empowerment in the Changing World of Work".

The discussions at the event will centre on the drivers for women's economic empowerment mentioned in the report, with an emphasis on the two key drivers of (a) changing business culture and practice, and (b) strengthening collective voice and organising, in order to support women in the informal sector to access, and move up domestic and global supply chains, primarily in the textiles/garments and agriculture sectors.

Request you to please mark your calendar and be there. Kindly RSVP to

We look forward to your valuable inputs and insights at the event, and will shortly share with you a detailed Concept Note and Agenda.

Yours sincerely,

Renana Jhabvala                      Rebecca Reichmann Tavares
National Coordinator            Representative
SEWA                                            UN Women India Multi Country Office


Short Course: Urban Action School (UAS) 2017

Short Course: Urban Action School (UAS) 2017

  • Advanced Course for Urban Policy Practitioners on "Urbanization and North East Futures"
  • Dates: (12 days) 15th to 27th March, 2017
  • Venue: Tezpur University Campus, Tezpur, Assam, India?
  • Closing date for applications: 19th February 2017 (midnight IST)

This is a call for applications for an advanced course panning several fundamental facets of development, urban development in particular and the Northeast region of India. This course is designed essentially as a mid career training for mid and senior level activists and all categories of urban policy practitioners. UAS will build the knowledge base of the participants and complement action research and field based activism. It is meant to make a difference to the person as well as to the organization/movement/company in which she/he works.

Note: Applications are invited from those who are working in different capacities in the North East region from the states of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Mizoram, Sikkim, Nagaland, Meghalaya and Tripura.

Who can apply
Social workers, political activists, people working with community organizations, social movements, trade unions, lawyers, journalists, researchers, urban local bodies, media persons, government officials, research students, elected peoples' representatives working on issues and concerns pertaining to development of the people and the region are eligible to apply for this course. Experienced professionals are preferred, with a minimum of five years of experience. This course is especially designed for people who are living/working in the North East region of India. The language will be mainly English. Applicants who are not comfortable in English can indicate their preference so that we can try and provide interpretation.

How will it be useful
The Urban Action School will bring together activists/ practitioners working on a range of issues relating to urban poverty, exclusion, livelihood, and urbanization from a wide range of disciplines. The UAS hopes to establish, over time, communities of practice and activist knowledge in various disciplines by creating a forum for cross-sectoral learning. The UAS also facilitate cross-pollination of ideas and experiences between different activists/ practitioners. It will provide an opportunity for a critical take-aways based on this year's focus area i.e Urbanization and Northeast futures. A "Certificate of Participation" will be awarded to all participants upon completion of the course by co-organisers UAS, Actionaid Association and Tezpur University.

Course Content
Each year the course curriculum is redesigned to reflect current and relevant ideas, issues, and concerns. The intention is to make the course a credible and significant contribution to understanding of cities, citizens, development models and people-oriented sustainable planning with an attempt to find solutions to growing urban poverty, migration, alienation, exclusion, violence, and lack of regulation and planning.

This short course will focus on "Urbanization and North East Futures" which will attempt to build a holistic perspective by looking at the macro aspects of the global scenario and connecting the impact on the region. Several significant transitions are taking place in the region; for example the impact of the big infrastructure projects have commenced in the region, which are raising concerns in terms of its possible impact on the environment and people's lives. The course will discuss the concepts involved in imagining and implementing a genuinely sustainable, equitable and inclusive development that means a better life for the huge and growing urban poor and working people of the region. The sessions will also focus on the conflict in the Northeast and its impact. Aspects of patriarchy, gender issues and woman's movement will be discussed. The course will also look at migration, labor issues and primarily the informal sector where the question of minimum wages, social protection etc. will be deliberated upon. In all, the course will examine alternative development models and solutions and try to identify means to achieve a decent and dignified life for people of the North East.

The following themes will be discussed in the course.

  • Current Development paradigm, Global Finance and Imperialism
  • Rural - Urban Continuum and the urbanization paradigm in the country and the effect on triple bottom line
  • COP Negotiations and Climate Justice
  • Environment Issues in NE and its impact on people and development
  • Huge Infrastructure projects and its impact on the micro and macro environment in Northeast
  • Urban Governance and transitions in society
  • Conflicts arising due to New economic paradigm
  • Patriarchy, Gender and the woman's movement
  • Trafficking and decriminalization of sex work
  • Migration and livelihoods
  • Labour and Informal Sector
  • Minimum Wage and Social Protection
  • The Welfare State
  • Alternatives and Development Paradigms
The course will employ multiple methods of teaching over and above the regular classroom pedagogy. Methods such as field visits, group discussions, multimedia, theater, video conferencing etc. will be used. The course will be primarily undertaken in the English medium.

Resource persons
Academics, subject experts and practioners from across the globe are participating to create an enriched exposure concerning urban issues. Some resource persons will take the class online via video uplink. Detailed course content will be sent to the selected participants later. Some of the key resource persons are:

  • Prabhat Patnaik is an economist and political commentator, who has achieved both national and international acclaim with his incisive analyses of economics and politics. He is a emeritus professor at the Centre for Economic Studies and Planning in the School of Social Sciences at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi.
  • Ramananda Wangkheirakpam is the director for Forum for Indigenous perspectives and action and is his areas of work primarily entails analysis of the impact of huge infrastructure projects specifically the Hydro power sector in the North east region particularly looking at the displacement and livelihoods, the impact on ecology, dam safety etc.
  • Walter Fernandes founded the North Eastern Social Research centre and is now a senior fellow. His researches focus on development-induced displacement in North East India. He has also done extensive studies on tribal rights, livelihood issues, land rights, climate justice and peace initiatives.
  • Virginius Xaxa is a Professor of Eminence at the Tezpur University and his areas of research area agrarian studies, plantation labour, indigenous people and development studies.
  • Chandan Sarma is a Professor in the Tezpur University's sociology department. His areas of research are development, environment, social movements, ethnicity, migration, culture, society and politics of north eastern India
  • Debabrata Roy Laifungbam is a prominent intellectual, activist and is credited as one of the fathers of human rights movement from Manipur. He is also the convener of he Civil society coalition on Human rights in Manipur. (TBC)
  • D.Raghunandan volunteers with the Delhi Science Forum (DSF), in fields of science-and-society interface. He served two terms as Executive Secretary of the All India Peoples Science Network (AIPSN), a federation of science-based social movements. He works actively in climate policy research.
  • Shrawan Kumar Acharya is a Professor in the Faculty of Planning at JNU. His research interest involves the historical, social, economic, environmental, and political contexts of urban and regional planning. Besides teaching and research he is actively engaged in capacity building initiatives for various government and nongovernmental organizations.
  • Abhijit Sharma is an Associate Professor at the Indian Institute of Bank Management in Guwahati. His areas of interest are primarily in Rural Financial markets, social enterprise, financial inclusion and micro finance etc. An urban planner, he tries to connect the financial markets and their spatial and economic correlations.
Selection Process
The host organizations will constitute a group of panelists to go through the applications and choose 25 participants. Selection will be broadly based on representation from different regions and sectors of practice. Care will be taken to see that there is adequate diversity, based on caste, gender and minorities. The decision of the selection committee will be final.

The course and the accommodation are arranged at Tezpur University. Accommodation will be on twin sharing basis. Simple food will be provided. Boarding and lodging as well as course materials will be taken care of by the host organizations, as also overhead costs pertaining to the course related activities such as field visits, stationery, reading materials etc. Participants are expected to take care of their travel from their respective locations to and from the venue. We will offer travel support to a few of those working in grassroots organizations. The organizers will decide on the applications for travel support based on set criteria based on finance and geography. Their decision will be final.

Host organizations
Main organizers: ActionAid India's Urban Activist Knowledge Hub i.e. Citizens Rights Collective (CiRiC), in collaboration with Tezpur University, based in Tezpur, Assam.

PLEASE NOTE: The course is strictly residential. Participants are expected to stay at the venue even if they are from Tezpur or nearby. All participants are expected to stay through the entire course and not leave halfway unless there are compelling reasons like a sudden family emergency. Applicants must remember that leaving midway without sufficiently valid reason is likely to affect the prospects of others from their organization that might apply for other courses at UAS in the future. These restrictions are designed to ensure equity and inclusiveness across all participants.

How to Apply
You may fill the application form and email it to the following email id: such that it reaches us before midnight IST latest by 19th February 2017. Alternatively, You may print the application form and send it by post or courier to the address below.

To, Anjan Bordoloi, Programme Officer, c/o Actionaid Guwahati Regional Office, No. 2B, Mandovi Apartment, GNB Road, Opposite Rabindra Bhawan, Digholi Pukhuri East, Ambari, Guwahati, Assam 781001; Ph: 9854946409

PLEASE APPLY EARLY! Closing date for applications is 19th February 2017 (midnight IST) See attached for application form. For organizers Meena R Menon and Anju Manikoth (Urban Action School); Mrinal Gohain (ActionAid Association) and Chandan Sarma (Tezpur University)




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