As more young people than ever before live in the world, on the eve of events that will affect them during their whole lives, capacitating and involving young people in the response to climate change is crucial. Poverty, discrimination and gender dynamics are all dynamics that will influence how young people carry out this task. Unless young people are equipped with tools such as education and health, including reproductive health, their empowerment, involvement and contributions will not be possible, or at least a lot less successful
Books and Initiatives
State of world population 2009
This 2009 edition of The State of World Population shows that climate change is more than an issue of energy efficiency or industrial carbon emissions; it is also an issue of population dynamics, poverty and gender equity. This report shows that women have the power to mobilize against climate change, but this potential can be realized only through policies that empower them. It also shows the required support that would allow women to fully contribute to adaptation, mitigation and building resilience to climate change.
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Declining Child Sex Ratio (0-6 Years) in India : a review of literature and annotated bibliography
Masculine sex ratio in the South Asia region was raised as an issue of concern with the mention of `missing women’ in this region to the tune of about 11 percent. The Indian sex ratio has shown a secular decline since the beginning of the twentieth century excepting some reverse trend of improvement during 1951, 1981 and 2001. The objective of this work is to carry out a review of existing research and other relevant documentation on pre-natal sex selection and declining numbers of girl children in India and thereby to prepare a synthesised summary report and an annotated bibliography on this issue of concern. This review report is expected to provide vital clues for policy makers while at the same time, also to decide on emerging areas for research on declining child sex ratio in India.
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“Staying Alive: Third Monitoring and Evaluation Report 2009 on the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005 (PWDVA)”
The Honorable President of India, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil was the Chief Guest. The Conference was organized by the Lawyers Collective Women’s Rights Initiative (LCWRI) in collaboration with the National Commission for Women, supported by the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women. Honourable, Smt. Krishna Tirath, Minister of Women and Child Development, Dr. Girija Vyas, Chairperson, National Commission for Women and Ms. Anne Stenhammer, Regional Programme Director, UNIFEM South Asia Regional Office graced the occasion. Ms. Indira Jaising, Project Director LCWRI and Additional Solicitor General of India presented the report. Dr. Ravi Verma, Regional Director of ICRW was also present.
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Adivasi Women: engaging with Climate Change
The Study is supported by the UNIFEM South Asia Sub-regional Office, New Delhi through its partnerships with IFAD and the Christensen Fund. The Study aims to decipher the gendered impact of climate change in adivasi / indigenous societies in Asia. It also aims to increase understanding of how these are exacerbated by structural shifts in adivasi socio-economic systems resulting from their colonial history, more recent efforts at privatization and gendered roles within the adivasi communities. It offers policy recommendations to enhance women’s resiliency to this impact.
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The real-life balika-vadhus
At 18, Shobha Choudhary is the first and only girl to have finished school in her village Rajokha. In her first year of computer studies, Shobha could be any regular teenager. Only, she's been married since 1998 when she was in Class III and the boy in Class I. Her husband is a Class I dropout, now a stone quarry worker. Banned by her grandmother from studying after Class VI, Shobha's brother tutored her at night. She passed Class X as a private student with her father and brother's support. There was no stopping her after that. On pretext of appearing for a test, she ran away to Jodhpur, staying at an NGO hostel. She wants to be a policewoman, "to stop child marriages."
16-day campaign against gender violence launched
The incidence of rape has risen 733% between 1971 and 2001 and no, there are no decimal points missing in that figure. That's just one of the facts in Prajnya's report, Gender violence in India', released in Chennai on Monday.
The report, released before the start of Prajnya's 16-Day Campaign Against Gender Violence, is a compilation of statistics from various sources, with the aim to draw attention to the need for better monitoring and documentation of gender crimes.
Child marriage remains dark side of Indian society
Laxmi Nagar is a district not far from the Yamuna River in New Delhi. It is like a sprawling Indian rural village transplanted into the metropolis, as many of its residents are from the countryside. Lalita Saini, 14, is living here with her 19-year-old husband and her mother in a small hut. She has been already married for three years. “I was married around Akha Teej festival, but I did not know my husband until I saw him the first time at the wedding,” said the meek, pony-tailed little girl, a blue scarf draped over her head. “I didn't want to get married, but I had no choice.”
The festival, also known more widely as Akshaya Tritiya, celebrates the birthday of the sixth incarnation of Vishnu, who is the preserver of life in the Hindu pantheon.
Gaps in third stage labour management raises risk of maternal mortality: study
Gaps in the management of the third stage of labour, the period between the delivery of the baby and the delivery of the placenta, are raising the risk of maternal mortality in Tamil Nadu, according to a study.The study undertaken in eight villages as part of a Health and Population Innovation Fellowship granted by the Population Council, Delhi, found that the practice of the standard Active Management of Third Stage Labour (AMTSL) was very poor. And, where they were put into practice the measures did not adhere to guidelines, the study said.
Female foeticide helpline 'fails' to initiate response
It's been almost more than a month that the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) had launched a helpline to curb growing cases of female Foeticide. However, unfortunately, the endeavour has failed to bring the desired results. Though some complaints that women are being 'pressurized' to undergo abortion have been received by the department, nobody has informed about the institute where the abortion would take place.
Sonia, Mamata to share dais again for AIDS Express
Congress chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee are expected to once again share the dais, this time during the inauguration of a special train to create awareness about HIV/AIDS. The last time the duo shared the dais was during the Lok Sabha poll campaign in Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee’s constituency in Jangipur, Murshidabad. The railways have decided to run a special train to spread awareness on HIV AIDS during international AIDS Awareness Day on December 1. The railways invited Gandhi during the flagging-off ceremony of the train in Delhi. The train is expected to run across India spreading the message of AIDS awareness. The train is named AIDS Express and will cover 153 cities in India.
HIV: non-brothel sex workers a greater challenge
Providing interventional programmes is not easy in the case of street-based sex workers. A survey by the National AIDS Research Institute (NARI) in collaboration with Indian Council of Medical Research institutes in various states has shown a trend of HIV prevalence among sex workers who are not connected to brothels, thereby making it a challenge to provide interventions to them.
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New scheme to cut infant, maternal mortality rate
Aimed at reducing the infant and maternal mortality rate, a new programme, Navjat Shishu Suraksha Karyakaram, has been launched to train health care providers at health centres across the country. They are imparted training in resuscitation, prevention of infections and hypothermia and in early initiation of women to breastfeeding the new born.
Source: The Hindu, 8th Nov 2009.
Rural women often deprived of human rights
Women living in rural areas in many parts of the world face severe deprivations , U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon said ina message on the international day of rural women, calling for grater support of their rights.
Source: The Hindu, 17th Oct 2009.
Need for gender- sensitive law to tackle prostitution
The need of the hour is a gender sensitive law reflecting the voices of women and one that punishes buyers in human-trafficking trade including pimps, brothel-owners and mangers, recruiters and transporters
Source: The Hindu, 13th Oct 2009.
3rd Annual International Conference on “Management & Social welfare”: Decisions in Management and Social Sciences for Sustainable Development
December 14-15, 2009
The Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management ((IISWBM) Kolkata - the very first Business School of South-East Asia - is organising an International Conference on Decisions in Management and Social Sciences for Sustainable Development during 14-15 December 2009. You may appreciate that the interaction between social welfare and business management has become a critical issue in the context of the worldwide economic recession since late 2008.
For more details, please click here (conference brochure).
To download registration form, please click here. http://www.iiswbm.edu/conference.htm
Grassroots India presents IIIrd Residential Training on Case Study and Story Writing, India
12 December 2009 - 15 December 2009
During the implementation of development projects various case stories and success stories generate that can not only reveal the processes of execution but also give rise to many learnings. But these stories remain undocumented due to the lack of necessary skills at the part of organisation.
Usually the NGOs or Government agencies keep on depending on external consultants for documenting the case stories/studies, but strengthening own capacities is sustainable and cost-effective way. Residential training program is to impart skills among project executives of how to write case and success stories and to compose case studies. This residential training will focus more on practice than the theory, and would be participatory.
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COP15 United Nations Climate Change Conference 2009
The United Nations Climate Change Conference will take place at the Bella Center in Copenhagen, Denmark, between December 7 and December 18, 2009.
The conference includes the 15th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 15) and the 5th Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (COP/MOP 5). According to the Bali roadmap, a framework for climate change mitigation beyond 2012 is to be agreed there.
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