July 28, 2015: As the news of the death of Former Indian President and Bharat Ratna APJ Abdul Kalam broke yesterday, the entire nation found itself shell shocked, as it fondly remembered the encouraging and inspiring words for which India’s Missile Man was known for throughout his life. The 83-year-old Dr Kalam known as People's President died on 27th July after he collapsed during a lecture at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) in Shillong on Monday evening.
New Delhi: Project Kayakalp, ‘Pulling the Strings of Change’, by the students associated wiht Enactus, Shri Ram College of Commerce, aims to empower traditional puppeteers from Kathputli colony in New Delhi. The project aims to expand their income generating possibilities by making their art form relevant to contemporary audiences and by capitalising on unexplored markets. These traditional puppeteers develop shows on various socially relevant themes that captures the minds of all age groups. Enactus India was founded in 2003 and brings together student, academic and business leaders who are committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to shape a better, more sustainable world.
July 14, 2015: Edisca, primarily a dance school, enables young girls from the favelas (slums) in Brazil to not just gain formal education while they learn dance but also to acquire some much-needed social skills. Brazilian prima ballerina, Dora Andrade, has set up her School of Dance and Social Integration for Children and Adolescents (Edisca) that enables young girls from the favelas (slums) to not just gain formal education and learn dance but also to acquire some much-needed social skills. Moreover, it provides the pupils a square meal every day and shows them how to care for and respect their bodies. Free of charge, the girls who enrol in Andrade’s school generally come from three of Fortaleza's poorest localities, one of them a shantytown built on the edge of the city's garbage dump. (Photo: Kamayani Bali- Mahabal\WFS)
July 11, 2015: Centre for Social Research, a Delhi based NGO with support from Heinrich Boll Stiftung, India, has organised an ‘International Policy Dialogue on Pre-natal Sex Selection’ in New Delhi. Experts from many countries like South Korea, Vietnam, Germany& USA have joined the Conference to share best practices and policy recommendations. The objective of the conference was to exchange international knowledge on sex-selective practices and methods of addressing the problem, and develop policy recommendations incorporating international perspectives on sex-selective practices. Therefore, the conference seeks to bring together experts from countries where sex selection is or was practiced, in order to present their thoughts, experiences and research at an International level.
July 3, 2015: The Third National Hijra Habba in New Delhi brought together policymakers, government representatives, media, healthcare providers, transgender and hijra community leaders and civil society to promote the rights of transgender and hijra communities in India. It is the first event of its kind at the national level since the Supreme Court’s landmark judgement. Organised by India HIV/AIDS Alliance’s Pehchan programme, this year’s Hijra Habba creates a forum for dialogue between national and state social welfare departments and prominent transgender and hijra community leaders. The event will be a platform for different states, the Central Government, the transgender & hijra community, and civil society organizations to join hands to consolidate an action plan for transgender and hijra welfare nationwide. Photo: Subah Chopra/OneWorld South Asia
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