63rd Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)
On 12th March 2019, CSR hosted a parallel event at the 63rd Commission on the status of Women organised by the UN Women. It is in the endeavor of the aforementioned that Centre for Social Research (CSR) made a 20 minute documentary film “Gumption” celebrating the triumph over problems of four brave women (Pallavi, Savita, Salma and Krishna) who struggled through poverty, depreciation and domestic violence.
Empowerment is the end to which access is the means. Access means differently to different women. The ultimate struggle for access is to be empowered and living the life one wants.
The film received enthusiastic response and audience from over 12 countries at the 63rd Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York. Since the social media access for Indian women is low (approx 23 percent), the film celebrated the power of the internet and social media in improving lives.
The Director of UN Women, Aparna Mehrotra appreciated the film,
“It is a powerful story of courage and resilience.”
Dr. Ranjana Kumari, along with the Global network of Women for Change
The Iranian regime that came to power in 1979, has continually oppressed women. Dr. Ranjana Kumari, Director of Centre for Social Research (India) stands in solidarity for ‘Free Iran’, so that women are liberated. The solidarity is also to bolster their voice and assure them that they are not alone in this battle for freedom. Dr. Ranjana Kumari supports Mrs. Rajavi in the idea of building a global front of women against fundamentalism and extremism. Free Iran is the right choice. Women from across the world who are supporting Free Iran, send out a strong message that Iran will surely be freed under the leadership of Mrs. Rajavi.
“The Global network of Women for change support Maryam Rajavi in her struggle for freedom and Democracy in Iran. Women of Iran are suffering all forms of Gender discrimination at the hands of oppressive Iranian government.We appeal to Global community of Women for their Support.”
Dr. Ranjana Kumari, attended the 5-day events of the Iranian Resistance’s Annual Gatherings in Ashaf 3, Albania.
Addressing an International Women’s Conference, on July 14, 2019, entitled,
“Women in the Iranian Resistance, Defying the misogynist regime, Paying the price for freedom”,she said, “When women take leadership, they can move mountains.”
UN Multi-Country Research Roundtable
UN Women at the regional level kick started a multi-country research on online/technology facilitated violence against women, so as to provide a better understanding of the nature and the scope of emerging form of Violence Against Women and Girls. The NGO meet was held on 11th October, 2019 at the UN Women India Office to provide recommendations to inform policies, plans, programming and advocacy on the issue of technology-facilitated violence.
Facebook South Asia Safety Summit
November 20, 2019 was the second edition of the South Asia Safety Summit held in New Delhi, organised by the Union Ministry of Women and Child Development (WCD) and Facebook, highlighting issues of individual and community safety online and offline.
The South Asia Summit had participants from around 125 civil society organisations from India, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan showcasing their expertise in running digital literacy programs and toolkits for the younger generation.
Cross Border Connect: Meeting with Afghan Delegation of Representatives from Civil Society Organisations
On July 3, 2019, Centre for Social Research hosted a delegation of representatives from various civil society organizations (CSOs) from Afghanistan in their Vasant Kunj office. The 22-member delegation is a part of the Afghan Advocacy Group, a segment of the Afghan Civic Engagement Programme (ACEP). ACEP is aimed at increasing engagement between CSOs and the government, increasing civic participation and developing organizational capacity of CSOs, among other goals, in Afghanistan. The Afghan delegation was touring different CSOs in India as part of their experience sharing and learning tour.
Joined by members of the CSR team, the Afghan delegation was introduced to the organization and the different projects that are being carried out through a brief presentation. After the presentation, the floor was opened up for questions by the delegation members. The members were largely interested in understanding how CSOs in India, and specifically CSR, worked with the government to introduce programs and advocate for policy changes. They also wanted to know how CSR worked to garner support and change mindsets of the local communities.
Given the cultural similarities between Indian and Afghan societies, especially surrounding women, Dr. Manasi Mishra talked about how CSR had used a multi-pronged intervention approach in many of its projects, such as BetiBachaoBetiPadhao and Sports for Girls. She emphasized on the need to engage with the government officials on different levels, the importance of role models in creating ripple effects to change mindsets, and the need to back up programs with action-based research.
The meeting with the Afghan delegation was a meaningful learning and experience sharing initiative for both organizations.
The German Delegation
A Delegation from the German Parliament visited Centre for Social Research on 13th September, 2019. The Delegation invited a discussion on women’s rights and human rights and led to an open discussion with our training program students and other local NGO members who were invited to attend the delegation. Three of our excellent trainees from the Office Assistant Program gave a presentation to elaborate on the work we have been doing in Skills Training for women empowerment.
The US Embassy
On the 9th of September, 2019 CSR and the US Embassy hosted a round table discussion on best practices of gender in workplace and addressing sexual harassment. Merri Hanson, director of Peninsula Mediation & ADR was invited to talk on “Creating Respectful Workplaces for Women.” While Ms. Hanson elaborated on the root causes of sexual harassment and gender inequality in the Workplace, the team at CSR prepared a presnetation on our participation in ICC committees and the legal rights of the harassed. The discussion was a great opportunity to exchange knowledge about theWest and Indian context.
The Chinese Delegation
Centre for Social Research hosted the Chinese Ambassador’s Wife, Dr. Bao on 27th September, 2019. Dr. Bao was familiar with our work and reached out to us for contributing towards women’s empowerment and establishing a gender-just society. Team members from various programs gave small presentations and had an enriching discussion about gender issues and strengthening the relationship between India and China.