Vol. No. 10(I) January-February, 2017

  • No Sexual Harassment – The Fight against Sexual Violence at Work by Mondilaal FNV and India Committee of the Netherlands

    Mondiaal FNV and the India Committee of the Netherlands (ICN) recently published the booklet ‘No Sexual Harassment – The fight against sexual violence at work,’ to dispense information about the problem. It contains interviews with four women, and suggests various strategies to tackle sexual harassment. The booklet can be accessed here.

  • Resource kit on Gender-based violence in global supply chains by Fair Wear Foundation and International Training Centre

    The Fair Wear Foundation along with International Training Centre has published a resource kit on gender-based violence in global supply chains. The toolkit is divided in three parts: (A) Gender-based violence in global production (covering issues faced by women in global supply chains) (B) Practical strategies to prevent and address sexual harassment and violence in the workplace (covering role of various stakeholders and practical workplace initiatives to address sexual harassment) and (C) Learning and Information Resources Repository (covering case studies, information sheets and graphic charts). It can be accessed here.

  • Human Rights Watch ‘World Report 2017’ warns rights to association and speech under threat

    The latest report by the Human Rights Watch called the World Report 2017 has shown that the rise of populist leaders in the United States and Europe represent a dangerous threat to basic free speech protections all over the world. The report points out that the wave of authoritarian populism threatens the post-war human rights system. It can be accessed here.

  • Engaging Men in Sexual & Reproductive Health & Rights by UNFPA

    The publication, issued by UNFPA and “Engender Health”, seeks to provide guidance for those developing a project/programme to engage men in sexual health and reproductive rights. The guide emphazies the utilization of a gender lens and is premised on the notion that gender roles and norms affect sexual and reproductive health. It can be accessed here.

  • Musawah publishes ‘Musawah Vision for the Family,’ and resources on Islam, Women, Family Laws and Reform

    The series titled “Musawah Vision for the Family” outlines a model of family relations that uphold equality and justice for family members in the Muslim family. The document questions notions of male authority and guardianship over women, and advocates for values and principles based on love and compassion and consultation. It can be accessed here. The General Resources on Islam, Women, Family Laws and Reform can be accessed here. Musawah has also released its second knowledge building brief which can be accessed here.

  • NHRC finds at least 16 women prima facie victims of rape by security forces in Chhattisgarh

    The National Human Rights Commission made an observation in January that 16 women were prima facie victims of rape, sexual and physical assault by State police personnel. The alleged atrocities were brought to light by a fact-finding team of a group called the Women Against Sexual Violence and State Repression (WSS). The NHRC passed interim directions asking Chhattisgarh government to show cause why it should not recommend monetary relief of 37 lakh rupees for the victims and also directed the relevant authorities to record the statements of the remaining victims who had yet to depose. Following the findings, journalists struggled to get news from the very dangerous Bijapur area, while the group WSS alleged that women were under pressure to remain silent and asked the government to ensure the security of the victims and villagers.

  • Expert Panel suggests pension for widows from 18 years instead of the current 40

    An expert panel headed by former finance secretary Sumit Bose recommends that widows be elligible for a one-time grant for remarriage and waivers for education fees and skill development. The group suggests that widows should receive pension from age 18 instead of the current 40. The proposal has welfarist implications as it calls for the universal coverage of pension schemes and also the annual revision of the amount based on a calculation of Consumer Price Index. The group also notes that extending widow pensions to the 18-39 year age group would also assist those women with young children. Source: http://bit.ly/2poFNIJ

  • Central and Delhi government increase compensation for acid-attack victims

    The Delhi state government has undertaken before the Delhi High Court to increase the compensation provided to acid attacks victims from Rs. 3 lakh to Rs. 7 lakh. This submission came as part of court proceedings on a plea by acid-attack survivors to increase the cap on compensation. Furthermore, in a bid to provide immediate relief to victims, additional assistance of Rs. 1 lakh under the Prime Minister National Relief Fund (PMNRF) has been approved. Source: http://bit.ly/2ozrphp and http://bit.ly/2qhzljU

  • Union Budget increases allocations for women’s development and healthcare

    The Union Budget has allocated a tremendous increment for Delhi Police’s share of the Nirbhaya Fund, from 3.4 crore rupees in 2016-17 to 28.9 crore rupees in the 2017-18 period. The allocation was welcomed by the Delhi Police, who had written to the Home Ministry about requirements like CCTVs, police infrastructure and women empowerment activities.

    The Delhi Commission for Women has received an increment from 7 crore rupees to 20 crore rupees. At the Central level, the Ministry for Women and Child development has received a 20% increase in budget allocation and The Indira Gandhi Matritva Sahyog Yojana scheme also saw an increase from 634 crore rupees to 2700 crore rupees. The Beti Bachao Beti Padhao program has also been given an overall budget of 200 crore rupees this year.

    The National Health Mission which covers most primary healthcare centres also got a hike of 3000 crore rupees.

    Sources: http://bit.ly/2oz7KhM , http://bit.ly/2qhA1pr , http://bit.ly/2kuWsYv

  • Acid attack survivors to be included under the Persons with Disabilities Bill

    Acid attack survivors have been added to the Persons with Disabilities Bill (PWD) along with persons afflicted with Parkinson’s disease, increasing the list of infirmities listed in the bill from 19 to 21. The amended bill entitles every child between 6 and 18 years with “benchmark disability” the “right to free education”. It has also increased reservation in higher educational institutions and government jobs from 3% to 4%. The bill has proposed a fund to provide financial support to the disabled. Source: http://bit.ly/2fRCEIF