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Newsletter | Vol. 39 | Issue i

From the Director's Desk
-Dr. Ranjana Kumari 
As I write the note for the first quarter of this year and look back to the last three months in our fight for relevant and pertinent changes for the girls and women of the country, the world has been grappling with a pandemic. As we experience the effects of Covid-19 and follow the guidance of state health officials global medical bodies, unfortunately what has become evident is that discrimination against women does not stop, not even during a pandemic.

At CSR, our Crisis Intervention Centre Counsellors identified areas where there was a complete lack of supplies and collected data of landless labourers and their families who were having difficulties is accessing these facilities. We were able to hold small food distribution drives to provide families with dry food items in Mahipalpur, Rangpuri and Harijan Basti. Our team has been conducting telephonic outreach to all the 5 districts of our Sports for Empowering Girls program and were informed about lack of facilities in Gurugram. In collaboration with a local based NGO Mera Parivaar, food distribution that included bananas and milk for nutrients have started circulation. As individual members of this society, we have been connecting with local RWA’s and helping in any way possible. We would also like to urge our readers and supporters to reach out and provide help in the form of donation or outreach and ensure that we take care of our community.

Though these are hard and challenging times where fear and anxiety is rampant, the virus has had a more insidious effect on our advocacy and mobilization-based nature of work. The need of the hour is for all of us to come together, take care of one and another, and be united in spreading positivity at this time. In accordance with the directives from the government of India, my team at Centre for Social Research took prompt action and initiated work from home before the official Ministry guideline. We have maintained the various projects through daily video-conferencing and using social media as a strong tool for continuous awareness and execution.

With the way the world is facing global calamities and environmental disparity, our Gender, Water and Climate Change is focused on highlighting the effect climate change has on women, and how local SHG’s can work with the women of the community to promote water conservation. This quarter we continue our project to enhance women’s leadership capacity in water conservation and to promote women-friendly solutions for the climate crisis through Gender, Water and Climate Change Department’s women’s leadership and water conservation project in five villages of San-ganer, Rajasthan and SHG’s for sustainable water resource management and restoration of water resources in Alwar, Rajasthan.

Through our inclusion in the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao initiative, we continue to host advocacy and expert group meetings to promote quality education as a right for girls. Our focus on gender-critical districts to curb sex-selection led to various expert group meetings, rallies and our collaboration with the Vanishing Girls Campaign by ADF India to conduct a Judicial Symposium in Mahendragarh. Keeping in mind the importance of equal extra-curriculur activities for the development and ad-vancement of individual personalities, Sports for Empowering Girls in 5 Gender-Critical Districts of Haryana by organising district-level matches and in Kurukshetra and Mahendragarh is crucial in encouraging traditional households into enrolling their girls in sports activities, not only for physical advancement but also to develop their individual personalities.

This year, aligned with International Women’s Day celebrations, and our firm belief that gender-sensitised policing is the right of every individual, we continued with our training division under which the Gender Training Institute (GTI) conducted trainings on gender-sensitisation and the Pre-vention of Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace Act, 2013.

One of the major initiative in this quarter was the successful organisation of a Health Camp in Ut-tam Nagar. We have always reiterated that women’s health, especially in working-class areas, is often neglected in the favour of treatment of men as more essential. The Health Camp organised by our Crisis Intervention Centre in collaboration with various doctors and partners who donated sanitary napkins and spectacles for distribution, was able to provide free healthcare services to more than 1,000 community members.

Our venture into promotion of non-traditional livelihoods for women and to foster women’s economic empowerment, growth and personality development through the Skills based training programs has seen the successful completion of the third batch of the Office Assistant Training program and has been extremely fruitful in providing quality education to the trainees and provided them with excellent job opportunities in various reputed institutions. With our goal to achieve a gender-equitable society, this year we are working towards building a Co-Ed Skills Development Program to create an environment where both women and men can get equal training opportunities.

With the way the world is changing, and now most of the world’s population conducting their daily home and work routines online, it has become evident that the internet is not a luxury but a necessity. As a reflection of our physical existence. the violence propagated against women in physical spaces has also bled into the online world. As part of the review of the Beijing +25 Action Agenda, our agenda was to explore current developments and challenges of protecting women’s human rights in the online space. Since 2015, we launched various online safety programs to support women who use the online spaces as liberating and a platform for self-expression, and worked towards making the online space safe and responsible. Though the CSW64 stands cancelled due to Covid-19, we took our Global Policy Dialogue and hosted our panel discussion online with panelists that included Swati Bhise, Dr. Marlyn Tadros and Dr. Shruti Kapoor.

Lastly, at a time when social isolation and working from home has become our norm, it is pertinent to take care of our mental health as well as our physical health. At CSR, our daily log-in meetings are not just professional, work agenda discussions; but a small way to connect with each other and simply have a conversation about how we are all coping while experiencing the effects of a global pandemic. I want to urge all of our readers, trainers, supporters, partners trainers, and especially the women of our community and across the world, to please stay at home, stay safe, and to use the online space for connecting and creating a circle of empathy around our planet.
Gender, Water and Climate Change SDG.5

Women’s Leadership and Water Conservation, 2019-2020

The Gender, Water, Climate Change department, in collaboration with our funding partners RITES India Ltd. and our local partner GVNML, conducted the Basic and Technical Trainings as part of the project titled “Women’s Leadership and Water Conservation: Capacity-Building and Infrastructure Development in Five Villages of Sanganer, Rajasthan”.

Keeping in mind its effectiveness, it was decided for the Basic Training, held on 11th & 12th January, 2020, to be residential in nature, therefore increasing the opportunity for rapport building with the beneficiaries. Throughout the two days of the Basic Training, the SHG women were engaged in various activities based on topics such as the social nature of gender, water conservation, and the role of SHGs in village development.

The Technical Training, which was a two-day event, held on 9th & 10th February, 2020, was residentially conducted in Laporiya village in the Dudu district of Rajasthan. Mr. Jagveer Singh, our Technical Expert, elaborated on topics such as water conservation and management over the course of two days. The training was conducted in the local dialect for the participants’ better understanding on technical subjects.

After the successful completion of the two capacity building trainings, we are all set to commence work at the site for the project. Through this project, two water conservation infrastructures are being built in Sanganer – a Kund and a Nadi. All the five villages under this project were taken into consideration in the building of these infrastructures. With the Bhumi Pujan on 26th March, 2020, we look forward to the infrastructural development and hand holdings in the upcoming months!

SHGs for Sustainable Water Resource management and Restoration of Water Resources, Alwar, Rajasthan, 2020

We are happy to announce our extended partnership with Honda2wheelers for the project titled - SHGs for Sustainable Water Resource management and Restoration of Water Resources, Alwar, Rajasthan. This project aims at working with 40 Self Help Group women from two villages, Dhadikar and Hazipur, in the Umaren Block of Alwar district, and capacitating them to make them water conservation leaders in their communities. It also involves infrastructure development through restoration / reparation / construction of new water sources, to be decided through a thorough needs assessment, all set to be conducted at the end of March, 2020.

These projects could not have been possible without the support of our funding partners - RITES India Ltd. and Honda2wheelers, along with our local partner GVNML. We thank them for their unending support in helping us achieve our goals!

Sports for Empowering Girls

CSR has been implementing the Phase-2 of the programme; “Sports for Empowering Girls in 5 Gender-Critical Districts of Haryana” since 2019 in collaboration with the Australian High Commission, New Delhi.

We commenced the year 2020 by conducting our first Hockey match of Phase 2 at Kurukshetra University in the month of February. We witnessed a neck to neck hockey competition between the teams from Kurukshetra University and Shahabad Girl’s Hockey Academy. On this occasion, we had amongst us the Dr. Dinesh Singh Rana; Director Sports and Physical Education, Kurukshetra University and Mr. Yashbir Singh; District Sports and Youth Officer to felicitate the players.

We are ecstatic to share that we kick-started the distribution of nutritional Intake for the girl who have enrolled with us in Mahendragarh and Kurukshetra district of Haryana. Under this initiative, they will be receiving banana and milk every day after their practice session until the end of our program.

For the upcoming weeks; we have scheduled a District level Hockey match in Gurugram, following which we will be providing nutritional intake to the participants. Next, we will be conducting an enrollment drive and hockey match in the district of Ambala. By the end of the next quarter, we will be conducting zonal level matches for both Volleyball and Hockey, wherein the girls’ sports players will receive sports equipment in addition to certificates and medals.

“I am a 11th standard student of Government Senior Secondary School in Gurugram. I stay 10 km away from the stadium yet I make it a point to come for practice every day. The coaches are very supportive but the stadium does not have all the facilities that we require, like, the quality of turf is not good, we are not provided with a kit to practice and no nutrition is given to us. I am happy to hear that your organization will be providing us with some nutrition.” Bharti, Hockey Player
Women's Skill Development.

Office Assistant Training

The year 2020 began with the successful completion of our third batch of the Office Assistant Training programme and conducted their certification ceremony. Dr. Ranjana Kumari, Director, Centre for Social Research felicitated the ceremony and commended the pass out trainees for t heir achievements and securing job opportunity after the completion of the training program. CSR aims to foster women’s economic empowerment, growth, personality development and their full participation in the society through this Skill based training program. We try to provide women and young girls with the opportunities in the non-traditional sector and break the stereotypes.

Our Skill program team has worked relentlessly towards providing the placement opportunities ofto the certified trainees and its remarkable to share that all the trainees were provided with the excellent job opportunities in various reputed offices/institutions.

CSR has geared up to bring in its self-sustainable model of the Office Aassistant Co-ed training program which will give an equal opportunity to both men and women to attain a qualitative training programme with secured job opportunities. We have received several feedbacks from our women trainees that their husbands, friends and brothers are also interested in the training program. Most of the women trainees also shared that they are often being told about how this training program has helped them in their overall personality development and boosted their confidence level.

Our team is rigorously working in the grass root to mobilise both men and women to enroll themselves for this course as we are scheduled to begin the 1st batch in May, 2020 tentatively.

Success Stories

AFRIN 21 YEARS: Afrin has been a achiever throughout her training and has performed well in all the pedestal. She says, "his training program has helped me realise and shape my skill set. Currently I am working with Merdian Enterprises and based on my performance and skills sI will be promoted as Team Lead in the month of April" We at CSR are happy to be a part of the Afrin's journey of change and Success.
SONAL, 22 YEARS: Sonal is a young and a vibrant girl who has a inquisitive nature. She has constantly worked hard to improve her Spoken English and cleared her interview in first go. Sonal says "CSR's Skill Training program has opened up new avenues for me as I was not clear headed about my career choice after my 12th boards, now I earn well and also suport my family". We wish you luck Sonal.
Beti Bachao Beti Padhao SDG.5
Dr. Manasi Mishra addressing the audiencegathering of doctors, ASHA workers, CMO & PC/PNDT Nodal Officers at the Expert Group Meeting in Narnaul, Mahendragarh district
Centre for Social Research has been relentlessly working in collaboration with the Netherlands Embassy, New Delhi on “Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP): Responding to Pre-natal Sex Selection in 5 Gender-Critical Districts of Haryana” for the past 2 years.

We commenced the year 2020 with an Expert Group Meeting at the Civil Hospital Narnaul, Mahendragarh district. On this occasion, we had an esteemed panellist which included Dr. Ashok; Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Arun Kalra, PC/PNDT Nodal Officer, Ms. Asha and Ms. Sarla; Cluster Development Program Officers and Sandeep Singh; Child Protection Officer. The meeting was attended by Senior Medical Officers, Medical Officers and ASHA workers of the district.

It was extremely fruitful in bridging the gap between the District Appropriate Authorities, the Civil Society and the field motivators. The meeting captured intense interactions and diverse perspectives of the speakers as well as the audience. The discussion mainly revolved around the core essence of Beti Bachao Beti Padhao and the challenges faced in curbing practices of gender-based sex selection in the light of effective implementation of the PC/PNDT Act.

In the next upcoming weeks, we will be conducting a Rally at Darra Khera area of Thanesar Urban Block of Kurukshetra District. The public rally aims to reach out the community at large and spread awareness regarding the program.

Simultaneously, under our Beti Bachao Beti Padhao initiative, we have also collaborated with the Vanishing Girls Campaign by ADF India to conduct a Judicial Symposium in Mahendragarh. This event will assist us in an open discussion about the PC/PNDT Act and the past cases in the district. We aim to collate and disseminate a booklet of cases from the district to the participants for an in-depth analysis and future recommendation to curb gender bias sex selection in Mahendragarh. We will be inviting members of the Judiciary, Public Prosecutors, Paralegal volunteers, law students, members of the Medical fraternity, Women and Child Development Department, ASHA workers for the event.

“All the stakeholders of the district should acknowledge the commendable efforts made by the PC/PNDT raid team in curbing the sex selection activities. Nevertheless, as we all know that Census 2021 is approaching, I earnestly request you all to persistently work to improve the sex ratio from 917 to 950 in Mahendragarh district.” Dr. Ashok Kumar, Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Narnaul, Mahendragarh.
Gender Sensitization & the POSH Act, 2013 Training Programmes SDG.5
We at Centre for Social Research firmly believe that gender sensitised policing is a right and therefore, we have been conducting contextualised gender discourse trainings since the 1990s. GTI is the training wing of our organisation and has trained individuals, group organisations, corporate offices, government officials, educators, law enforcement officials, international development specialists and various non-profit actors.

On 20th of February, 2020, under the Gender Transformative Training, CSR conducted a training session on Gender Sensitisation and the Prevention of Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 (POSH Act). The training was conducted by Dr. Manasi Mishra and Mrs. Kamlesh Premi.

A total number of 40 participants attended the training programme at the Export-Import Bank (EXIM Bank). The participants included the members of Internal Complaints Committee (ICC), the bank management members, as well as other employees from the New Delhi branch. A Pre-Testing questionnaire was distributed among the participants and later translated into a statistical analysis.

The first half of the training dealt in gender concepts and the second half dealt with the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act (2013). Both the trainers from CSR shared few case studies with the participants which have been discussed and briefed upon. The outcome of the training was enhanced awareness of the law and an open forum discussion on gender equality and sexual harassment.

Should your organisation/institute or partner NGO be interested in gender sensitisation trainings, please get in touch with us through our various social media platforms or visit our website for more information.
Crisis Management Center
Our Crisis Management Center (CMC) is dedicated to help individuals and families dealing with disruptive and unexpected events that threaten to, or have caused harm to individuals or their families. Our CMC’s aims to help anyone in need, even to secure shelter and necessary provisions, access to health care, file police reports, legal assistance, or locate local options for skills training or obtaining employment.

Our four Crisis Intervention Centres in Delhi enables individuals and families experiencing or witnessing violence in their homes or elsewhere. We provide free and confidential private discussions with a Counsellor, planned interventions with the parties involved, mediated meetings with family members or partners, and local community meetings and women’s support groups.

The major activity undertaken by our Uttamnagar CMC is organising a successful conducted a successful Health Camp in Uttam Nagar, where we collaborated with variousthe local Govt. Health Centre, Mata Magoo Hospital and the Vasundhara Eye Clinic, Dwarka doctors from the community and provided free healthcare services for more than 1,000 people who had attended this health camp. Apart from this 24 free spectacles are also being distributed among community members after proper eye check-up. Sanitary napkins were also distributed. The local health officials also participated in making the Health Camp a success.

In the first quarter of this year, our CMC centres have recorded 19 cases of domestic violence and 4 new cases of sexual harassment. We are currently providing counselling for these cases and hosting continuous follow-ups for our older cases. We also hosted various field surveys and mobilisation programmes in six areas; Mahipalpur, Mehrauli, Chhattarpur, Khark Village, Chandanhola and Fatehpur Beri, and conducted outreach with more than 500 people with the aim to spread awareness and encourage women to participate in skill training programmes that can assist in obtaining a sustained occupation and achieve economic independence.
Women’s Reservation Bill SDG.5
When it comes to participation of women in the political sphere, Indian representation has been consistently poor at the national and state level. The Women’s Reservation Bill was introduced specifically to increase female participation and encourage women to enter roles of leadership and decrease gender-based discrimination. The 17th Lok Sabha elections in 2019, proudly boasted 77 women parliamentarians by achieving the highest percentage of women in politics, but this number does not satisfy the years of struggle and discrimination that the Bill has witnessed, and even today unfortunate that there has been no discussion about the minimal number of women in the Parliament and women’s lack of representation is not being addressed.

Our tangible efforts of advocacy with present parliamentarians, partner NGO’s, and various stakeholders continues as we garner more and more support for the passage of the Bill. This quarter, we collaborated with various influencers and encouraged more dialogue through social media platforms for awareness and as an educational toolkit.

With the aim to improve gender balance in politics, we have hosted various mobilisation events, outreach programs and conducted surveys, both offline and online, and have successfully proven that an increased number of women in politics promotes women’s issues, educational programs and health policies. Our on-going signature campaign has successfully gathered more than 65,000 signatures in support of the Bill and we continue to receive more everyday.
CSW64/ Beijing +25, 2020
In the 25 years since the Beijing Convention, the evolution of the digital environment has created powerful tools for women’s empowerment but also new spaces in which violence and abuse against women take place. The impact that these abuses pushes women out of online spaces, silences their voices, and exposes them to the risk of escalating violence, both online and in the “real world”

As part of the review of the Beijing +25 Action Agenda, CSR’s dialogue was a three-fold strategy to explore current developments and challenges of protecting women’s human rights in the online space. Though the event was cancelled due to the spread of Covid-19 and keeping the safety of all participants in mind, CSR took its Global Policy Dialogue online and hosted a discussion on Online Human Rights Violation Against Women along with Swati Bhise, Dr. Marlyn Tadros and Dr. Shruti Kapoor as our key experts.

Our short documentary that explores the role that digital technology has played for women in the 25 years since the Beijing Conference and examines the exploitation of this technology to propagate violence against women by traffickers and other human rights abusers was also uploaded on our website. The documentary shows the wide gender gap between users online and invited snippets from influencers in the field of online safety and security to discuss the pressing issues and experiences of women online.
Online Activism
In the years since the conception of Centre for Social Research, the power and utility of the digital platform has changed drastically. Online spaces are not only powerful tools of self-expression, but have now become a necessity to our daily lives. With the dynamic and ever-evolving online platforms, India has witnessed the physical violence, harassment and abuse against women bleed into these spaces as well and make them inaccessible for women.

With this propagation of the online violence against women in forms, we have taken our activism online and used these platforms to advocate social media for social change. With more and more users coming online and integrating the internet in their routines, it’s crucial to connect with not just local or national users, but also with global institutions and global agendas for women's empowerment.

The Media Department has been running successful handles over various social media platforms and have continuously created content, maintained discussions and promote, through awareness and action, the objectives of Centre for Social Research. This quarter, we have hosted three major Tweetchats on events such as National Girl Child Day, Safer Internet Day 2020 and on our CSW64 agenda of Online Human Rights Violation Against Women. We invited participants such as Anne Collier (Founder of the nonprofit Net Safety Collaborative), Swati Bhise (Founder and CEO of Cayenne Pepper Production and Director, Writer and Producer of “The Warrior Queen of Jhansi”) Dr. Marlyn Tadros (Associate Professor of Media Arts and Communication at Southern New Hampshire University), Dr. Shruti Kapoor (Founder of the organisation, Safyty), Diya Nag (Associate Director of Programs at The Asia Foundation, New Delhi), Kevin Lee (Editorial Lead at Yuva), The Gender Security Project to facilitate a larger dialogue about online safety and security and the policy changes required to make these spaces safe for all online citizens.

All our principal beliefs are manifested online through conducting various surveys, online workshops and research programs in order to promote economic empowerment of women, political representation, skills development and women’s role in water conservation.
Online Safety and Security Toolkit
The internet has 4 billion users and India is the second-largest user country with 560 Million people with accessibility. This quarter, with feedback from online security personnel, we have built an Online Safety and Security toolkit, explaining in detail the threats that children and adults face online, quick responses, precautionary measures and laws that can help if our rights are being violated online.

Our Online Safety Toolkit empowers users with tools to combat threats that are imminent and provides information about long-term solutions. The tool-kit has been designed specifically for the variety of threats that users face according to their personalized use of the internet. Our aim is to ensure that online citizens incorporate responsible and safe use of the internet and also are aware of personal steps they can take to ensure their safety, as well as provide help to their online peers.
@SocialSurfing
Centre for Social Research, in collaboration with Facebook piloted Social Surfing in 2015 to encourage the use of Facebook as a platform of sharing knowledge, safe and responsible use and using the platform for positive social change. Through the duration of the project, we were able to conduct almost 500 workshops and outreach to 20,000 students. The success and motive of Social Surfing has now led us to partner with Facebook once again under their “We Think Digital” initiative.

In our efforts to promote the good and responsible use of social media, and to keep the online spaces safe, Dr. Ranjana Kumari was invited to be a part of the Global Safety Advisory Board of Facebook, at their annual meeting in Washington D.C. This meeting has been subsequently followed by two online gatherings to further discuss the agenda.

In February, nine members from the CSR team were invited to participate in the Training for Trainers programs at the Facebook office, Gurgaon. The training session highlighted the importance of verifying the content that we like or share, different ways in which online harassers can use our private information, Facebook policies and reporting techniques that can facilitate quick action against an online attacker, and ways in which we can spot and demote fake news.

With more and more people having access to the internet and with megatons of information to consume online, Art for Good is an archive for socially relevant resources that you can download and share with your peers. The principal motives of our projects, as well as our values and beliefs, will be highlighted through this initiative through different images, videos, gifs and other multimedia sources. This is also an attempt to make our followers interact with us in a larger capacity and participate through art/graphic/video contributions that will be displayed on our website.
International Women’s Day Celebration

NorthCap University, Gurguram

On 6th March, 2020; the CSR team collaborated with North Cap University (NCU), Gurugram on the occasion of celebrating the International Women’s Day. We organized a Debate competition on the topic: “The impact of Digital India on Women Empowerment”. The university also conducted a Poster Making competition for the students on the same topic. Dr. Ranjana Kumari; Director of CSR was invited as the special guest for the event. Dr. Kumari addressed the students on the increasing role of the social media platforms in enhancing human capacity, capability and knowledge. Nevertheless, she requested the students to be careful while sharing personal information on online spaces and reporting any inappropriate activity immediately. Dr. Manasi Mishra also shared the dias among other dignitaries. Ms. Poushali Kundu & Ms. Niharika Singh from CSR also participated in celebrating the Day.

The students also presented a skit on the changing role of women in the Indian society. There were more than 200 student participants on the occasion. The Top three debaters were felicitated with cash prizes and all the participants for the Debate and poster making competition were given certificates by CSR .

IASRI, New Delhi

On 9th March 2020, the Indian Agricultural Statistics Research Institute (IASRI) organized an event to celebrate International Women’s Day 2020. On this occasion, Dr. Manasi Mishra; Head Research and Knowledge Management from CSR was invited to speak on “Gender Sensitisation & Prevention of Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) POSH Act, 2013 (POSH Act). As part of IASRI’s Internals Complaints Committee (ICC) we were extremely pleased to hear about the topic of discussion. After the session we received a lot of appreciation and they expressed their willingness to conduct future Training programmes/workshops on the same to increase awareness amongst all the staff members of the organization on the POSH Act.
As part of CSR’s vision and mission to promote women’s economic empowerment and to ensure that women’s presence in the work force increase, CSR is committed to provide a safe and secure workplace by registering its presence in almost 25-30 Internal Complaints Committees constituted under the POSH Act 2013.

Women’s Day Luncheon, DCM Netherlands

Dr. Ranjana Kumari was invited for a lunch event hosted by The Deputy Chief of Mission of the Netherlands, Mrs. Anneke Adema to celebrate International Women’s Day. During this event, partner NGO’s participated in a dialogue session about women’s issues and the way forward in alignment with the global women’s empowerment agenda. CSR also exhibited its IEC material on various issues starting from Water and its management, PWDVA Act & our CMCs role, o ur implementation of BBBP in 5 gender critical districts of Haryan, Women Skill Development programmes, etc.

TATA TRUST

Dr Ranjana Kumari was invited to the Force Beyond, a philanthropic effort by Tata Trust to ensure a gender equal world. The event had invited people from all spectrums of life. The event was held on 12th March, 2020 in Mumbai and focused on debating issues affecting women in contemporary times. Dr Ranjana and Anand Narsimhan spoke against the motion “This is the best time to be a woman”. The debaters for the motion was theatre personality Feroz Abbas Khan and Swati Bhattacharya. The overall event was about compelling perspectives, moving stories and stimulating debate that challenged stereotypes, fight bias, change perceptions and trigger irreversible cycle of change.

SCSC, HYDERABAD

The Cyberabad Police and the Society for Cyberabad Security Council (SCSC), invited Dr. Ranjana Kumari for “Women’s Conclave” on 20th February, 2020 at HICC, Hyderabad. She was invited to address the participants and inspire women and men in changing their outlook.

The Society for Cyberabad Security Council (SCSC) is a joint collaboration of Cyberabad police and the IT industry in Cyberabad. SCSC acts as a bridge between the IT industry and Cyberabad Police to meet the safety and security needs of IT corridor since its inception in 2006.

Dr. Kumari spoke about “Igniting young minds”. She in her speech pointed out how Cyber-crime is one of the latest form of onslaught against women in India. In fact, new ways of trafficking are being dealt by trafficker. They are targeting young girls and boys especially girls to get trafficked online.Child online risks and abuse have been largely associated and limited to child pornography in India with the result of narrowing the scope of public dialogue on the issue. Furthermore, conservatism within Indian society has hindered an open discussion on issues that are associated with sex and sexuality, especially when children and young people are involved.

CIC Health Camp

The Crisis Intervention Center, Uttam Nagar organised a ‘Health Camp’ along with the team of Mata Roop Rani Maggo Hospital and eye examination with Vasundhra Eye Hospital for a regular health-check up facilitated by medical professionals for women and children of the community. The Health Camp was set up in the morning and throughout the day, the Camp provided medical help to almost 1,000 community people, and free medicines were also provided to the beneficiaries.

The main aim of organising the health camp was to encourage regular health check-ups, promote the use of sanitary napkins and to provide medical facilities to women and children, especially when their health is considered secondary to the men of the family. We organised a donation drive and could successfully circulate sanitary napkins to the women who attended the camp and provided 24 spectacles to the community members.

Covid- 19

In the first quarter of the new decade, the world population fell victim to the advent of the Corona Virus. The virus has not just affected the health sector, but has hit countries across the world like a tidal wave. We in India are now in total lockdown till further instructions from our Government. These are hard and challenging times, but the need of support and unity is the strongest yet. CSR took prompt and early action against the rise of cases in India and announced work from home for its employees before the government made it mandatory, but our work continues. And it continues now more than ever! With the whole world in constraints, we’ve seen people socially participate in multiple activities through the World Wide Web. What we’re doing is focusing on our outreach work, but also the mental health of our employees, field trainers, counsellors, and most importantly the women we work for everyday.

Our projects are being handled through Zoom calls within the departments, and with our partners. We also do a daily-log of our activities and have created little work spaces in our homes. This turbulent time has also highlighted how the internet is not a privilege but an essential part of our daily lives. With most of our activism now online, we are regularly using social media platforms to connect with organisations, women, digital users across the world and maintaining a solid connect in these times of disconnect.

What we’ve found helpful is to create a daily to-do list. This helps in maintaining a healthy routine and to keep your mind focused. It is also rewarding to be able to maintain contact with your fellow colleagues through video/audio chat and to create the same work environment.

At a time when social isolation has become the way of life, it is pertinent to take care of your mental health as well as your physical health. Through our online projects, we have always implored people to reach out and seek help. It’s okay to talk to your friends/family about how this period is affecting you personally. It is also a hard time to be completely productive with the information overload. What’s helpful is to understand when to distance from social media and the vast majority of articles about the Virus. With the way technology is and keeps evolving, working from home is a privilege and can be a lot of fun too! This time allows for more creativity, more ideating opportunities and so much access to the outside world that before we know it, this too shall pass.
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