June 6, 2016: Garima, a community based model on menstrual hygiene management yielded significant results in changing behaviours, social norms and systems around 121,000 girls in three districts of western Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. In rural India, there are deep rooted beliefs and social norms surrounding menstruation and menstruating girls or woman being impure and dirty. Peer educators like Divya Yadav, Mamata, and Suchikala Maurya have been going to the community on a daily basis and working hard among the community, especially teenage girls to make them aware about the menstrual hygiene. Bollywood style icon and UNICEF's brand ambassador Kareena Kapoor Khan applauded peer educator girls who are helping the community to fight social taboos related to menstruation. She also urged Indian girls to stand up against social taboos related to menstruation. Speaking in Lucknow at an event called 'Celebrating Menstrual Hygiene for all Girls, for all Women', she said that it was unfortunate that girls were not allowed to go to temple during periods. Photo and Text: Ashok Kumar/OneWorld South Asia
June 13, 2015: Civil Society leaders say that FCRA has become a tool to muzzle dissent and urged the government to stop targeting NGOs in the name of FCRA because it affects people living in the margins. Recent developments surrounding civil society space in India has produced a worrisome trend, leaders of India’s civil society said at a press conference convened in New Delhi last week. The press conference, addressed by prominent civil society representatives, including Mathew Cherian, Mona Mishra, Paul Divakar and Anand Grover, was in the backdrop of suspension of the FCRA registration of the legal advocacy firm 'Lawyers Collective’. Photo and Text: Ashok Kumar/OneWorld South Asia
June 6, 2016: Bollywood style icon and UNICEF's brand ambassador Kareena Kapoor Khan has urged Indian girls to stand up against social taboos related to menstruation. Speaking in Lucknow at an event called 'Celebrating Menstrual Hygiene for all Girls, for all Women', she said that it was unfortunate that girls were not allowed to go to temple during periods. “God has made periods, therefore periods are not a bad thing. I appeal to girls to talk openly about menstruation to the government,” she said. Highlighting the role of media in fighting social taboos, she urged media for providing more space to news on such issues. Kareena said that newspapers, magazines, websites should give more space to menstruation. Urging men to support women during menstruation, Kareena said that husbands and brothers should support women during menstruation. Photo and Text: Ashok Kumar/OneWorld South Asia
April 29, 2016: Apparel Training & Design Centre (ATDC) Tamil Nadu centres have trained a massive 30, 000 plus candidates in the last 5 years. It has trained more than 3000 candidates under its long term programmes and 28, 000 plus candidates under its Short term (ISDS-SMART) programmes. This has led to a continuous supply of skilled labourers to the textile industry here which as a state has 27% of total employment of textile-yarn-apparel-sector in the country.
April 12, 2016: The North-Western Railway Women's Welfare Organisation (NWR-WWO) organised a two day fair in Jaipur, the zonal headquarters of NWR. The event aims at generating resources for women welfare as NWR-WWO is engaged in raising gender sensitivity and empowering women at divisional levels by providing them necessary skills. NWR-WWO is a social welfare organisation that undertakes various welfare activities not only for women folk but also for the railway children. Several women members of the organization set up stalls with various merchandise for raising welfare funds. Photo: Ashok Kumar/OneWorld South Asia
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