January 18, 2016: Innovative ways are being employed by various organisations for spreading awareness during the National Road Safety Awareness Week being held from 11th to 17th January, 2016. India holds a poor record when it comes to safety on roads as the country reports one of the highest road fatalities in the world. In its bid to join the nationwide campaign towards steering people in the direction of road safety norms, the staff of ACME got on roads and through a unique approach, reached 5000 people and increased awareness about road hazards. During the occasion, ACME distributed fliers and brochures to technicians on the site. Awareness was raised among people about road safety signs and awards were distributed by them among the technicians whose vehicles are in compliance to road safety. ACME is working in the field of energy management.
January 6, 2015: More than 16 million babies in 2015 were born in conflict zones such as Afghanistan, South Sudan, Syria and Yemen or on perilous journeys to escape fighting, which translates to 1 in 8 of all births worldwide, or one newborn every two seconds, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said. “Can there be a worse start in life?” asked UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake in a news release, appealing to the world to translate promises made in historic agreements over the past year into action to benefit the most vulnerable children in 2016. “The final months of 2015 have seen the world come together around tackling climate change and a new global development agenda. These ambitious agreements present a huge opportunity if we can translate our promises into action for the most vulnerable children,” he said. Photo: UNICEF
December 3, 2015: More than 1000 women’s organisations and individuals gathered at Jantar Mantar to demand the passage of the Women’s Reservation Bill in the present session of Parliament. These groups demanded that the Women’s Reservation Bill be a) Introduced, b) Taken for consideration and, c) Put to vote in this session of Parliament which has begun on November 26, 2015. Even After 69 years of Independence, women in India who constitute nearly 50% of the population have only 11% representation in our Parliament. Successive Governments have been stalling the bill in the name of consensus, whereas all we need to pass a bill in Parliament is majority of votes. “This needs to be addressed on a top priority basis,” demanded the women leaders who were present at the rally.
November 19, 2015: On the occasion of 3rd World Toilet Day, ‘The Giant Commode’ displayed by Roca in New Delhi, urges people to pledge for hygienic sanitation this World Toilet Day. The idea was to raise awareness about key hygiene and sanitation issue plaguing the society. The pace of construction of toilets in rural India has gathered momentum and within one year of the launch of Swachh Bharat Mission, as about 95 lakh toilets were constructed across the country against the target of 60 lakh toilets. According to government figures, the States like West Bengal, Karnataka, Rajasthan and Maharashtra have taken the lead in construction of Individual Household Latrines and community toilets and these states may achieve the target of Open-Defecation Free status in 2017 or 2018, well before the target of 2nd October, 2019.
November 3, 2015: Men and women in the villages of Maharashtra where the Samajhdaar Jodidar (Responsible Partner) initiative is on are able to understand each other better and respect each other's roles and life choices. The Samajhdaar Jodidar initiative, a collaborative effort of the Centre for Health and Social Justice (CHSJ) and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), is specially designed to involve men in the quest for gender equality. “Men, who are the other half of the gender construct, have been left out of sensitisation efforts for the longest time,” points out Sadhana Dadhich of the Pune-based Nari Samata Manch, one of the five non-government organisations tasked with the implementation of this project in 20 of the 100 chosen villages in the state since 2010. Photo: Centre for Health and social Justice.
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