The Media Foundation

The Chameli Devi Jain Award 2016   The Media Foundation is pleased to invite nominations for its annual Chameli Devi Jain Award for an Outstanding Woman Mediaperson for 2016.

he annual Chameli Devi Jain Award is the premier award for women mediapersons in India. It was first awarded in 1982 to an outstanding woman mediaperson, who has made a difference through writing with depth, dedication, courage and compassion. Chameli Devi Jain awardees include some of the best known and respected names in Indian journalism. They have pioneered and popularised a new journalism in terms of themes and values – such as social development, politics, equity, gender justice, health, war and conflict, and consumer values.

The criteria for selection are excellence, analytical skill, social concern, insights, style, innovation, courage and compassion. Other things being equal, preference will be given to small town/rural, Indian language journalists and those who have not been awarded before in their careers. Entries can be sent in English, Hindi or any other Indian language. The entries will be evaluated by an independent panel of jurists whose verdict shall be final.

Journalists in the print, digital, 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 ids and contact numbers. Self nominated entries are also accepted.

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 the period January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016 in the form of links (preferably) clippings/tapes/CDs. These should be accompanied by a brief explanation of why the candidate is especially deserving of recognition. Mediapersons sending their entries in regional languages are also requested to send a translation of their work in English.

Nominations can be sent to The Media Foundation, Flat no 2B, 1/23 Shanti Niketan, New Delhi -110021 or emailed to themediafoundationindia@gmail. com Nominations should reach the Media Foundation not later than January 25, 2017.


The Hoot


The Hoot is offering short term fellowships for journalists covering the Department of Information Technology and the Communication Ministry. They will be expected to research and report on policy evolution in the area of regulating online free speech, tackling cyber security, and examine the challenges of regulating social media.

If the Information Technology Act of 2000 is being updated as has been reported, what are the concerns being tackled?

Journalists from English, Hindi and regional media are invited to apply with specific short term research proposals in the following areas.

The making of policy to govern social media and the updating of existing laws which cover information technology.

How will the inherent tension between free speech absolutism and regulation to provide a safe space online, be dealt with? Is the government liaising with industry on this issue, and on tackling intermediary liability?

How are government and industry working together to identify measures and steps to curb hate speech and harassment?

Which are the areas which the current law does not cover, which need to be brought under its purview?

Fellows will be expected to talk to officials and experts within and outside government, to reflect the concerns of government, regulatory bodies, social media platforms, and civil society in the above areas, and produce reporting and analysis for the media outlet they work for. Their reports will also be carried on The Hoot.

Those interested may apply with a specific proposal on what they intend to research and report on. The fellowship amount is not fixed, it will range from Rs 60,000 to 80,000 depending on the time taken and quantum of output agreed upon. The number of fellowships given will depend on the quality of proposals received.

Please apply with a proposal and your name, work experience, place of work, current reporting beat, and a reference. Please provide links to your reporting on these issues.

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All India Democratic Women's Association

AIDWA Statement on mass molestation of young women in Bengaluru

AIDWA condemns the horrific incidents of groping and mass molestation of girls by hooligans in Bengaluru, the capital of Karnataka, on New Year's Eve, which has once again brought to the fore women's vulnerability to sexual assault in public spaces. The atrocity was compounded by an extremely objectionable statement by the Home Minister of Karnataka, Shri G. Parameshwar, justifying mass hooliganism, and reportedly commenting on the Western clothes worn by the girls as being the cause for such sexual misdemeanours. It is extremely reprehensible that despite an amended law being in place since the Nirbhaya incident, the police have acted very late and taken more than three days to arrest the offenders.

The lack of prompt, stringent action by the authorities, and the irresponsible statement of the State Home Minister has created a situation where molesters feel emboldened to assault women brazenly. Another incident of a woman being groped and molested in front of her house today, ( 4th January, - captured on camera and being relayed on the channels) exposes how vulnerable and unsafe women have become in one of the cities where a considerable section of young women are working in IT and other 'sunshine' industries. The rampant trend of conservative forces often blaming the victim for the sexual crimes committed against her as got another unfortunate fillip through these incidents.

AIDWA demands immediate arrest of all those involved in these outrageous incidents and strict action against the concerned police officer for dereliction of duty. Exemplary punishment of the perpetrators, in a time bound manner is called for. AIDWA wishes to point out that a Home Minister who cannot provide a safe environment for the young women in his state to bring in the New Year with joy has absolutely no right to continue in office.

The Karnataka State Committee of AIDWA will launch a protest demonstration in Bengaluru tomorrow demanding justice.

Sd/- Sd/-
           Malini Bhattacharya            Mariam Dhawale
           (President)            (General Secretary)


Martha Farrell Awards for Excellence in Women's Empowerment

Dear Colleague

We are delighted to announce the Martha Farrell Awards for Excellence in Women's Empowerment to honour the legacy of Martha Farrell (see enclosed).

The first meeting of the Jury of the Awards this week suggested that we extend the last date for receiving nominations toJanuary 20, 2017.

Through your extensive contacts, networks and newsletters/journals, we request you to kindly publicise these Awards extensively.

In addition, may I request your support in nominating candidates for these Awards-both individual and organisation-who deserve recognition for their excellent contribution to women's empowerment in the country.

Your support will be very valuable.


Rajesh Tandon

For more info: Rajesh Tandon


SNDTWU Economics Department

Economics Department, Mumbai, Cordially invites you and your friends to the Lecture followed by Interactive Session by Dr. Alice Clark Renowned scholar at Institute for South Asia Studies, University of California, Berkeley on 'Valued Daughters: First-Generation Career Women'

on Monday, 9th January 2017, at 11.00 a.m., 6nd floor, hall 610 Patkar Hall Building, SNDT Women's University, Mumbai Kindly join us for tea and snacks after the session Prof. Vibhuti Patel, Prof. Veena Devashali, Shri. Sanjay Phad Department of Economics, Mumbai


Ambedkar BhagatSingh (AB) National Media Fellowship

Seven fellowship, each amounts to Rs 30,000 for ten months

About Us
The Sabha is an adless periodical which tries to reflect university student point of view, through digital and print medium. The editor of the sabha is presently supported by Criminal Justice Fellowship programme, a field action project of TISS, Mumbai at centre for criminology and justice.

Journalism in India has freedom movement embedded in it. It was the tool used by many revolutionaries to express their dissent during the freedom struggle. We often forget the role of Bhagat Singh and Dr. B.R Ambedkar in their important intervention in print media, when they started writing not only for few but masses. To question authorities and communicate to masses they chose not only gathering/sabhas but newspaper as a medium too. While talking with depressed class, they also communicated in the language of oppressors.

At this juncture when revenue model of journalism is entirely dependent on advertisement and we see even the government selling the products on front page of newspapers, we are trying to focus on narratives which does not look human as a sole consumer, whose ultimate purpose of life is to swallow, but as thinking being who can also produce and live without causing destruction, not by competing but through collaborating.

We are listening, reading and watching to views of activists and experts from certain capital dominated region in various media platforms. Through opinion of students from various region, we want to include the diverse young thoughts.This fellowship also wants to engage students who are already thinking and writing about socio-political issues and offer them minimum support available with us.

To support university students financially and at the same time provide a platform to express their opinion on every day politics which has impact from local to global level.

Positions : One Fellow from each region
One from Odisha | North - J&K, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Uttrakhand | Central - M.P, U.P, Chattisgarh | East- Bihar, Jharkhand, Telangana, West Bengal | North-East- Sikkim, Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Tripura, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland | West- Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Gujrat, Goa | South- Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh


  • Basic English and Hindi is required. High proficiency is not needed.
  • Enrolled in University. (Mphil/Phd. students will be preferred or M.A with experience.)
  • Need to be involved for few hours everyday and weekends, as required.

Roles & Responsibility

  • To take atleast one issue from each state in the region and write an opinion based on views of students, farmers and workers. (Atleast four per month)
  • Connect with Student council/unions in the universities and colleges.
  • Coordinate with interns from the region.
  • Newsreading per week. Short Videos of 3-5 min.
  • Connect with labour unions and farmer's collective in the region.
  • Distribute atleast 50 newsprint per month in the universities (nearby to libraries and students.)
  • Build possible collectives with workers, farmers and students.
  • Handle social media of TheSabha
  • Attend events like protests,lectures and seminars held nearby.

Fellowship Disbursement

  • Fix Rs 3000 per month.
  • Phone bills and Travel charge as required, will be reimbursed.
  • Earning through circulation of periodical, which can vary from Rs500 to Rs2500 per month.


  • Duration of fellowship 26th Jan to 26th Nov 2017.
  • Apply by 10th Jan 2017 by filling the form. And send your CV to .
  • Shortlisted candidates will be informed by 17th Jan 2017 for phone interview.
  • Final result- 23rd Jan 2017.

For more info:
Bilal Khan
Coordinator-Ghar Bachao Ghar Banao Andolan
(Affiliated with National Alliance of People's Movements)
Member- Narmada Bachao Andolan
Contact: +91 9958660556, Twitter: @find_bilal Skype: bilalkhan4900
''Be the change that you wish to see in the world''


One Billion Rising and the Ek Saath

Towards the same goal,

One Billion Rising and the Ek Saath Campaign?s? invite you to an evening celebrating love and peace!

This event is being supported by over 15 partner organisations to welcome 2017 with HOPE and DETERMINATION.

Please also bring friends and family members for this very special evening where amazing singers will perform Sufi Gospel, Kabir, Baul music and young students will sing inspirational songs. We need more togetherness and solidarity today, hence our attempts to come together repeatedly.

Against a backdrop of rising inequalities, violence, and hatred, promoting love and equality becomes increasingly urgent. We believe that it is not the love of power, but the power of love that will end violence and injustice. And it is for this very reason that we along with all our partners are coming together to challenge hatred and violence through music!

So come one and come all!

Join us on the 19th of January 2017 at 7 PM At the India Habitat Center Stein Auditorium


6th National Bioethics Conference.

The Organising Committee takes great pleasure in inviting you all to the 6th National Bioethics Conference.

The conference will be held at YASHADA, in Pune, Maharashtra. Pune is a city teeming with multidisciplinary educational institutions, proud of its vibrant culture of performing arts, and the hub of a strong civil society movement. Home to interesting heritage sites, it is blessed with a year-round temperate climate. January is the best time to be in Pune to enjoy its warm sunshine and cool breezes.

The final conference program is available from:

6th NBC Website:

The main conference is scheduled from Jan 13 to Jan 15, 2017 @ YASHADA, Pune. We have organized a special IJME session on Jan 13between 5:45 pm and 7:15 pm.



Sahej Foundation presents THE KABIR FESTIVAL, MUMBAI, 2017

Thurs 12 Jan 2017 : 7 pm- 9.30 pm (6 events across 3 venues)

At SAHER (Society for Awareness, Harmony & Equal Rights (SAHER), Ganesh Maidan, Janashakti Police Chowki, Opp Malabar Hotel. Jogeshwari East)

  1. The Manzil Mystics - A Band inspired by Bhakti and Sufi philosophy
  2. "A Musical Narrative on Amir Khusrau" by Ankit Chadha, Bindhumalini

Narayanswamy, Vedanth Bharadwaj and Ajay Tipaniya

At Sangeet Mahabharati (Sangeet Mahabharati, 10th Road, Opp. Amitabh Bachchan's Bungalow, Juhu, Ville Parle (West)

  1. "The Sufi Voice in Hindustandi Classical Music" by Subhomoy Bhattacharya
  2. "Call of the Bauls - Lakshman Das Baul &Nitai Chandra Das

At The Great Eastern Home ( Pond Room, New Great Eastern Mills, Dr.Ambedkar Road, Near Rani Baug, Byculla (East)

  1. "A Contemporary Aproach to Bhakti - some Kannada and Hindi poets" The Vasu Dixit Collective - Vasu Dixit, Ashwin Walawalkar, AbhilashLakra, Arjit Das, KarthikSubramanya
  2. "Jheeni" by Sanjukta Wagh and Shruthi Vishwanath accompanied by Hitesh Dhutia and ShruteendraKatagade.

Fri 13 Jan 2017

11 am - 1 pm At Somaiya Vidyavihar, Tagore Amphitheatre, Vidyavihar (East)

  1. The Manzil Mystics - A Band inspired by Bhakti and Sufi philosophy
  2. "Dastan-e-Khanabadosh" by Ankit Chadha

6:30 pm - 9:30 pm (4 events across 2 locations)

At Shishuvan School, 426, Shraddhanand Road, King's Circle, Matunga (East)

  1. "Mystic Music from Kutch" by Mooralala Marwada
  2. "KahatKabira" - by Shri Prahlad Singh Tipaniya

At Ramakrishna Mission Auditorium, Ram Krishna Mission, 12th Road, Khar (West)

  1. 1. "Call of the Bauls" by Lakshman Das Baul with Netai Chandra Das
  2. 2. "Exploring Gyaneshwar" by Shruthi Vishwanath accompanied by Shruteendra Katagade and Abhishek Kathe

7 pm - 9:30 pm At LaxmiBaug, Avantikabai Gokhle Marg, Bhatwadi, Girgaum, Mumbai 400 004

  1. "The Journey of Bhakti in India": Bindhumalini Narayanswamy and Vedanth Bharadwaj
  2. "The Sufi Voice in Hindustandi Classical Music" by Subhomoy Bhattacharya

Sat 14 Jan 2017

6:30 am - 8:30 am At Carter Road Amphitheatre, Carter Road Promenade, Bandra (W) 1. Unplugged SatsangWith All Artists

11:30 am - 1:00 pm (2 workshops across 2 venues)

At The Space, A.B. Nair Road, Near Juhu Tara Road, Vile Parle (W)

  1. Children's Music Workshop with Vedanth Bharadwaj and Shruthi Vishwanath (Register at Ages 7-14)

At Somaiya Vidyavihar, Shamiana in front of Aurobindo Building, Vidyanagar, Vidyavihar (East)

    1. Workshop: with The Manzil Mystics - A band from New Delhi 2 pm - 4:30 pm At Comet Media Foundation 301 Meher House, 15 Cawasji Patel Rd, Fort, Mumbai

1. Workshop: Understanding Kabir with Prahlad Singh Tipanya 6 pm - 10 pm At Carter Road Amphitheatre, Carter Road Promenade, Bandra (W)

1. "Singing the Saints" - Vedanth and Bindhumalini 2. "Mystic Music from Kutch" by Mooralala Marwada 3. "Neeraj Arya's Kabir Café"

Sun 15 Jan 2017 9:00 am - 12:00 noon At Kashinath Ghanekar Mini Theatre, 3rd Floor, Near Hiranandni Medows, Ghodbunder Road, Thane (West) (Free Passes will be available at venue 1 hour before event) 1. "The Punjabi Sufis" by Radhika SoodNayak
2. "A Musical Narrative on Amir Khusrau" by Ankit Chadha, Bindhumalini Narayanswamy, Vedanth Bharadwaj and Ajay Tipaniya

11 am - 1 pm At Whispering Palms, Building No 4, Akurli Road, Lokhandwala Township, Kandivali East

  1. "The Women Warkaris" by Shruthi Vishwanath
  2. "The Sufi Voice in Hindustani Classical Music" by Subhomoy Bhattacharya
4 pm - 5:30 pm At KitabKhana, SomaiyaBhavan, Ground Floor, M.G. Road, Flora Fountain, Fort

1. "The Life and Poetry of Lalon Fakir" by Parvathy Baul

6 pm - 10 pm At Gyan Sagar Amphitheatre, Brahmakumari Garden, Devidas Road, Borivali West

  1. "Meera's Voice" by Radhika Sood Nayak
  2. "Kahat Kabira" by Prahlad Singh Tipaniya
  3. "Exploring Qawwali" by Devnarayan Sarolia, Bindhumalini Narayanswamy, Vedanth Bharadwaj, Vijay Tipaniya, Dharmendra Tipaniya and Mahesh Yadav


XV National Conference of the Indian Association for Women's Studies

The XV National Conference of the Indian for Women's Studies is being held in Chennai at the University of Madras from the 22nd to the 25th of January. The theme is 'Women in a Changing World: Restructured Inequalities, Countercurrents and Sites of Resistance' .

All details such as Concept Note, Sub themes, Programme etc are of course available on our website

Three requests..........
1. to register as soon as possible in view of issues of accommodation. The last date has been extended to Jan 10th.

2. To try and put up as many stalls as possible, especially of SHGs who have been so severely impacted by cashlessness.

3. And of course reading materials, posters and exhibitions etc that I am sure you would want to share

please connect with the IAWS Secretariat or me if you find that more number is 9819814858
in solidarity Ritu Dewan
President, Indian Association for Women's Studies
Centre for Development Research and Action
Executive Director
Centre for Study of Society and Secularism


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