'Clean India' needs sustained efforts to truly succeed, says WaterAid

WaterAid India analyses 'Swachh Bharat' performance over the last year on what has worked and what needs to be improved to make India open defecation free by 2019.



Save the Children

New Global Goals Could Save 6,500 Children Ever Day And Help End Health Education Inequalities

As world leaders gather to sign a momentous international development plan at the 70th United Nations Global Assembly (UNGA) in New York on Friday September 25th, Save the Children urges them to ensure that no child is left behind in the arenas of health, education, protection, and child survival.

The agency has found that nearly 35 million children lives could be saved globally over the next 15 years or 6,500 lives per day - as a result of strengthening health systems, providing free healthcare for mothers and children, and increasing the number of health workers trained to help sick children.

Building on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) set in 2000, the brand new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set out 17 fresh international targets to be met by 2030, including ending extreme poverty, providing better quality education and healthcare for all, ending all forms of violence against children, malnutrition and preventable child deaths by 2030

“We now have a significant and historic window of opportunity to really drive change forwards. World leaders must do everything in their power to ensure that they grasp this opportunity with both hands,” says Carolyn Miles, Save the Children President and CEO.


Shiksha ka Sawaal Abhiyan

Police lathi-charge protesting school girls. Activists demand lodging of FIR against concerned police officers

A series of protests against the state of education and teacher shortages have been ongoing by students of government schools across Rajasthan. Today on the 30th of September, girls from Chauru (Aligarh), district Tonk, Rajasthan were lathi-charged by police persons while on protest. Some of the girls were seriously injured and have been hospitalised.

Representatives of people's movements in Rajasthan report that police were sent to lathi charge the girls at the time at which they were supposed to meet the District Collector and the District Education Officer to discuss their problems. Activists asserted that the girls have the right to protest the dismal situation and quality of education in their schools. All children have the right to quality education. The girls had come out to protest the lack of teachers in their school and I instead of responses to their rightful demands, the girls faced physical and psychological violence.

This is a shameful incident for the Rajasthan Government and its Department of Education. The present BJP government, the district administration and the police, collectively responded to the protesting girls with violence and cruelty. According to the Right to Education no child must face any kind of corporal punishment. The actions of the police are unconstitutional and illegal.

A delegation of activists went to meet the DGP who admitted that the operation the police carried out was wrong and also spoke of taking action.

Activists have made the following demands:

  1. An FIR be immediately registered against the policemen who carried out the operation
  2. The girls who have been seriously injured must get free medical care and compensation
  3. The District Collector and the District Education Officer must go meet the girls in hospital and those in the school in order to help stabilise the situation and help build trust and alleviate the legitimate fears of the girls
  4. The criteria and standards laid down for education must be immediately met including sanctioning adequate teachers and providing adequate infrastructure
The following persons went to submit a memorandum to the Director General of Police: Renuka Pamecha, Nisha Sidhu, Kavita Srivastava, Kamal Tak, Mukesh Goswami, Bishambar.

We are:
the Shiksha ka Sawaal Abhiyan, PUCL, Soochna evum Rozgar Adhikar Abhiyan, Rajasthan Shiksha Vimarsh, NFIW, Mahila Poonarvas, Samuh Samiti, Dalit Adhikar Kendra, Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan, Bharat Gyan Vigyan Samiti


Rotary India Literacy Mission

Request for Proposal (RFP) from any non-governmental, non- profit making organizations working in the field of child education in vulnerable communities with a registration of societies or trust act anywhere in India to "Back to School Program in the name of Asha Kiran project" being implemented in all over India by Rotary India Literacy Mission.

For more information and proposal format please Click the link http://www.rotaryteach.org/new/about_asha_kiran.shtml


ISST - NITI Aayog Policy workshop


ISST will be soon completing a project on `Engendering Policy through Evaluation` where our focus has been on building capacity to conduct evaluations with a gender and equity lens; some innovative research on feminist evaluation has also been supported. The project has been supported by IDRC Canada and the Ford Foundation.

A final end of project workshop is being organised by ISST in association with Niti Aayog on October 16. In addition a training workshop will be conducted on October 15. We warmly invite you and your colleagues to join us for these.

While the agenda and further details will be shared with you in a few days, this message is to request you to please block the dates and also please let us know whether you would like anyone from your organisation to attend on the 15th, as we have limited capacity for the training workshop.

Looking forward to your participation.

Shiny Saha
Research Associate
Institute of Social Studies Trust


Centre for Work, Technology and Social Change

Lund University will award 100,000 INR to one enterprise or individual from India for their work in social innovation in a digital context. The award will recognise innovators who have created platforms that bring together technology media and human rights. In eligibility:

  • Your venture can be for or not for profit
  • It should be under operation for at least 6 months
  • Should have strong connect to social innovation and media

Send in your entries to award@southasiamediaproject.com with an essay of up to 1 000 words on how your venture fits in the idea of social innovation in a digital context, the human rights aspect that it is targeting and the expected outcome. Deadline: November 10

  • If you are applying as a team, send a 100 word profile of your key members.
  • If you are applying as an individual, send in your resume along with your proposal.

Please circulate this message to anyone who you might know fits the bill. The deadline is Nov 10, 2015. For more info, log in here: http://www.southasiamediaproject.com/innovation-award/


Women Unlimited
Advance information sheet

No Adam in this garden....
Women Without Men
Shahrnush Parsipur

Shahrnush Parsipur's book explores the minds-and bodies-of five Iranian women from diverse backgrounds and the various oppressions that society imposes on them.

This modern literary masterpiece follows the interwoven destinies of five women-including a wealthy middle-aged housewife, a prostitute and a school-teacher-as they arrive by different paths to live together in an abundant garden on the outskirts of Tehran. Drawing on elements of Islamic mysticism and recent Iranian history, this unforgettable novel depicts women escaping the narrow confines of family and society, and imagines their future living in a world without men.

SHAHRNUSH PARSIPUR, born in Iran in 1946, began her career as a fiction writer and producer at Iranian National Television and Radio. Shortly after the publication of Women Without Men in 1989, Parsipur was arrested and jailed for her frank and defiant portrayal of women's sexuality. While still banned in Iran, the novel became a bestseller there, and has been translated into many languages around the world. Parsipur is also the author of Touba and the Meaning of Night, and now lives in exile in North California.

SHIRIN NESHAT is an internationally acclaimed visual artist from Iran who adapted Women Without Men into a feature film in 2009.

ISBN: 978-81-88965-79-3       Rs. 350      Paperback      pp. 131 + iv For sale in South Asia only


NBA welcomes Order: SC Order establishes that large scale pending R&R


New Delhi: In a significant Order, the Social Justice Bench of the Supreme Court comprising Jst. Madan Lokur and Jst. Uday Umesh Lalit today dismissed an Application filed by the Government of Madhya Pradesh (GoMP) / Narmada Valley Development Authority (NVDA) seeking a 'modification / clarification' of the Apex Court's previous judgements of 2000 and 2005, thereby denying right to land of a few thousand adult sons of the Sardar Sarovar Project (SSP) affected farmers.

The Hon'ble Court held among other things that the Application by State of MP suffers from gross delay / laches having being filed many years after the judgements were issued (upholding the right to land of the SSP adult sons) and the rights / entitlements already accrued to the oustees in principle cannot be taken away. The Bench also had to take note of the fact that while the entitlement of most of the adult sons have already been recognized many many years ago, one set of oustees have been offered land / Special Rehabilitation Package (5.5. lakhs for 5 acres) since the judgement of 15/3/2005 of the Apex Court and another set of oustees are being denied the same; this would result in a clear violation of Article 14 of the Constitution which guarantees a fundamental right to equality. Terming this "not to be good governance", the Court summarily dismissed the Application.

Arguing for the oustees, Adv. Sanjay Parikh stated that besides being un-maintainable, the Application is based on a gross misinterpretation of the 2011 judgement of the Apex Court, in the Omkareshwar Dam case, which is not applicable to the Sardar Sarovar oustees. He said that as per the Narmada Tribunal Award and the 2005, 2005 judgements, all adult sons are un-disputably entitled to 5 acres of cultivable and irrigable land. He also informed the Court that the NCA, R&R Sub-Group and the GRA, all 3 authorities concerned with the SSP oustees have already taken decisions / issues orders to the effect that the Omkareshwar judgement if not applicable on SSP and the SSP adult sons are entitled to land allotment separately.

NBA and all the SSP oustees welcome the Order of the Hon'ble Court which is not just an affirmation of the judgements of 2000 and 2005 of the Court, but also is a vindication of the rights and struggle of thousands of adivasis and other farmers, who have been waiting for land-based rehabilitation since many years and many of their families have also faced unlawful submergence in the previous years.

The effect of today's order is that all the adult sons of the Sardar Sarovar Oustees would be entitled to and have to be allotted 5 acres of cultivable land separately. This includes hundreds of farmers who have been entangled in the fake registries scam (almost 2000 + oustees to be finalized by the Jst. Jha Commission), 1,500 oustees who been received only one instalment of cash but could not purchase land and hundreds of those who have been given uncultivable land out of the land bank. About 500 applications pending before the GRA (M.P.) can also now be immediately decided in the favour of the adult sons on the basis of today's order.


Media Education Foundation

Jean Kilbourne Inducted Into the National Women's Hall of Fame

We're thrilled to announce that longtime MEF friend and collaborator Jean Kilbourne was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame over the weekend.

The induction ceremony was held in downtown Seneca Falls, the birthplace of the American Women's Rights Movement.

MEF had the privilege of producing Jean's award-winning Killing Us Softly 3 and Killing Us Softly 4 videos, her pioneering analysis of images of women in advertising. We have also had the honor of collaborating with her on a number of other acclaimed films about eating disorders (Slim Hopes), alcohol and tobacco advertising (Deadly Persuasion), and the cultural dimensions of high-risk binge drinking (Spin the Bottle).

The National Women's Hall of Fame was created in 1969 by a group of Seneca Falls community members who believed that contributions of American women deserved a permanent home in the small village where the fight for women's rights began. The hall of fame is a not-for-profit organization.


OktoberFest at Vaitarna

5th to 23rd October'15

OktoberFest at Vaitarna with Lec-dem & edutainment along with some Festival shopping

!! Come, watch shop and have fun !!

Dates       11 am to 1 pm (Session)       3 to 5 pm (Film Screening)  
5.10.15       Storage of fabrics    "Kaam Ka Matlab"
6.10.15       Madhubani & Kalamkari    "Paise Ka Pahiya"
7.10.15       Batik & Bandhani    "Asal Cheez Bazaar"
8.10.15       Enterprise Development     "Daam-Damdi Ka Intezaam"
9.10.15       Banking & Finance     "Kuch Aur Batein"
12.10.15        Phulkari , Chamba Rumal    "To Kya Hota Ji
13.10.15        Kantha & Chikankari     "Aise Hoti Hai Shaadi"
14.10.15        Manipur, Kasuti, Kashida     "Roti Ye Dharati Dekho"
15.10.15        Sindh, Kutch & Kathiawar    "Kab Talak Sahati Rahe ?"
16.10.15        Ikats : Patola, Pochampalli     "ApnaHaque -Apni Jameen"
19.10.15        Venkatgiri, Paithani     "Hamari jo aankhon se bahi"
20.10.15       Zamdani & Baluchari     "Aur Pulis per bhi"
21.10.15        Basics of Textiles     "Mazdoori Ki Rah"
22.10.15       Glossary of fabrics     "Jugat Karo Jeene Ki"
23.10.15       CSR & Section 135     "Aur Kitne Din"

Kindly confirm when you wish to attend

R.S.V.P. Dr Manjula
022-26241102 or 9820738912



Greetings from Population First.!

It is the time of the year again where we felicitate commendable efforts from the media professional for gender sensitive reportage. We are inviting entries for the 7th round of the Laadli Media and Advertising Awards for Gender Sensitivity 2014-2015 (LMAAGS).

(LMAAGS) were instituted in 2007 with the support of UNFPA. LMAAGS is a nationwide media advocacy campaign that acknowledges and felicitates the gender sensitive reportage in the media. Around 100 Awards are given to print, electronic, web and advertising professionals, writing in 12 languages from across the nation. Four regional and one National Award event are held to felicitate the Awardees. We see the media Awards as a tool to promote gender sensitivity in the media. A large number of senior and influential media and communication professionals are involved in the process as jury members, cultural ambassadors, partners, supporters and participants.

The last date for submitting entries 15th November, 2015.


"Gender & Climate Change"

Climate change is increasingly being recognised as a global calamity, but responses to it have so far been overly dedicated for scientific and economic solutions, rather than on the significant human and gender dimensions.

Women are predominantly responsible for food production, household water supply and energy for heating and cooking. As climate change impacts increase, these tasks are becoming more difficult. However, women have knowledge and coping strategies that give them a practical understanding of innovation and skills to adapt to changing environmental realities as well as to contribute to the solution.

These strategies to deal with climate variability are still a largely untapped resource. Additionally, women are often faced with difficulties when it comes to the general accessibility of financial resources, capacity-building activities and technologies.

How then do we move towards more people-centred, gender-aware climate change policies and processes?

Attend the Workshop on Gender &Climate change to know more about this issue.

To register or for more information please contact

Anthony Fernandes on +91 9821558684 anthony.fernandes@idobro.com
Priyanka Sharma on +91 9930009714 priyanka.sharma@idobro.com


Assessment Report Of The Millennium Development Goals

According to the report the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have shown improvements and substantial gains is possible when the global community sets inspirational priorities.

The final MDG report highlights the achievements made through this historic effort, culminating in the improvement of the lives of millions.

The report also acknowledges uneven achievements and shortfalls in many areas

Download the report: http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/2015_MDG_Report/pdf/MDG%202015%20rev%20(July%201).pdf


Launching Women without Border/SAVE's groundbreaking report: Can Mothers Challenge Extremism?

Women without Border/SAVE announces the launch of its groundbreaking report Can Mothers Challenge Extremism? We declare, if mothers succeed to build up a first line of defense, they can be the driver for a successful bottom-up security architecture.

This research sheds light on how mothers look at the threat of radicalization to their children and how they view their role in protecting them: what they fear, whom they trust, and what they need. The findings of this study across five regions with a history and presence of violent extremism showcases for the first time the potential of mothers to safeguard their children on the homefront.

In a climate where thousands of foreign fighters are streaming to Syria, inciting fear and otherizing, we need to anchor the young generation and reclaim the two key tools used by extremist recruiters: investing time and gaining trust. The study paves the way for an inclusive security paradigm with those in the closest proximity to adolescent and young adults at-risk.

This study serves as the foundation for the Mothers School Against Extremism Model which sensitizes and trains mothers at the front lines to effectively combat the threat of violent extremism.

Find the report at http://www.women-without-borders.org/files/downloads/CAN_MOTHERS_CHALLENGE_EXTREMISM_26.08.2015.pdf


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