Report of Activity

Fortnight to End Gender Based Violence 2009
At Various Venues in Ranchi. On 25th November to and 10th December 2009

Organiser Gender, Livelihoods and Resources Forum (GLRF) www.glrf-tribal.blogspot.com Open Space www.openspace-ranchi.blogspot.com Solidarity Centre, Ranchi. www.solidaritycentre-ranchi.blogspot.com Action Aid India

Documentation By Solidarity Centre c/o Sajjad Khan, 331 Sarna Toli, Kadru, Ranchi 834002. Jharkhand (India) Phones : +91-651-2341780, 09430367949 Email : solidarity.centre.ranchi@gmail.com

Workshop on Dowry and Domestic Violence in the Context of Adivasi Community Organised by Gender, Livelihoods and Resources Forum (GLRF) In Association with Mahila Hinsa Pratirodh Pakhwara Aayojan Samiti and ActionAid 27 Nov 2009 (Vikas Maitri, Ranchi) Attendance 1. Dr RK Pandey 2. Gayatri Sharma 3. Emami Murmu 4. Saroj Kerketta 5. Mary Lakra 6. Kr Amulya 7. Mansi Dungdung 8. Philisitus Bilung 9. Alka Kullu 10. Malti Dungdung 11. Sr Alluna 12. Sr Emina 13. Sr Sunita 14. Rani Besra 15. Hemant Tirkey 16. Rose Kerketta 17. Manoranjan Ganjhu 18. Amit Chandra Kishore 19. Pius AK Beck 20. Rajeev Kumar Pandey 21. Cordula Kujur 22. Susanna Murmu 23. Birendra K Mahto 24. Shankar Thakur 25. Rosalia Tirkey 26. Bhado Bhagat 27. Prabha Lakra 28. Rama Khalkho 29. Sabran Munda 30. i 31. Tulsi Paraiya 32. Simon Salku Marandi 33. Jenish Minz 34. Xamar Soreng 35. Joseph Besra 36. Ashish Tigga 37. Radhika Devi 38. Nutan Arvind 39. Sarita Kumari 40. Sushma Kerketta 41. Anima Baa 42. Sukru Baraik 43. Sangi Samad 44. Md Asgar Ansari 45. Nirmala Putul 46. Priyasheela Besra 47. Shashi Barla 48. Shrawani 49. Awadh K Singh 50. Malanch Ghosh 51. Chandra Mohan Manjhi 52. Praveer Peter 53. Bipin Gupta 54. Elisaba Naag 55. Munni Kachchap

Dear All, The 16 days Violence Against Women Fortnight is celebrated from 25th November to 10 December every year. There are many days which are specifically relevant to women in large and some Indian women / community in particular. 25 Nov - International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women 26 Nov - Anti Dowry Day 1 Dec - World AIDS Day 3 Dec - Bhopal Gas Tragedy Day Against Corporate Crimes 6 Dec - Babri Masjid Destruction - Anti Communalism Day 10 Dec - International Human Rights Day The elections in Jharkhand are going to create some trouble in observation / celebrations of these days, yet the Mahila Hinsa Pratirodh Pakhwara Samanvay Samiti has been formed by several women organisations to carry out some amount of awareness / advocacy on violence against women issues during the fortnight. Many activities are planned for rural and urban spots such as schools, colleges, etc. Gender, Livelihoods and Resources Forum (GLRF) will be organising a discussion to observe the Anti Dowry Day as part of the Samiti's planned activities. The details for the event are .. Theme - Understandings on 'Dowry' & 'Domestic Violence' in the Context of Tribal Women Date - 27th November 2009 (Friday) Time - 10.00 am to 1.30 pm (discussion followed by lunch) Venue - Vikas Maitri, PN Bose Compound, Ranchi You are requested to confirm your participation so that we are able to make arrangement for refreshments. We do not have any resources to support the travel or stay of outstation participants. Do tell us about the programs you are organising as part of the 16 days fortnight. With Best Regards Praveer Peter Co-Founder GLRF Mob - 09430367949

---------- Forwarded message ---------From: Praveer Peter JHARKHAND India <praveer.peter@yahoo.co.in> Date: Mon, Nov 16, 2009 at 12:33 PM

Subject: Anti-Dowry Day on 26th November 2009 To: Dear Friends, GLRF is a member of AMAN, a country wide campaign to stop domestic violence against women. With its focus on gender equity issues amongst tribal communities, PWDVA implementation is something we should be concerned about when such incidents have increased in all marginalised communities too. GLRF will be hosting a small workshop on the issue of Anti-Dowry on 26th November 2009 in Vikas Maitri, and we request all organisations / networks to come together National Alliance of Women's Organisation (NAWO), Adivasi Women's Network, Mahila Garima Abhiyan, Jharkhand Women's Network, etc. Be a Partner to the event. Please circulate information of this new marker on the calendar to all your network partners and encourage them to include it in their celebrations of 16 days Fortnight on Stop Violence Against Women - that is to celebrate 26th November as Anti Dowry day. Best Regards Praveer Peter

PRESS RELEASE Akay Jharia Minj a social activist presently working in IFAD project of Jharkhand Tribal development society (JTDS) said that dowry is coming in those adivasi who have forgotten their culture, got educated and are wholly urbanised. This is a miniscule population. The rest community are still 'pure', and give returns for the girl, kind of 'bride price', in the form of cattle. To counter domestic violence which has arisen due to patriachal attitudes development and alcoholism, she said women in some areas have started controlling the market. They have restricted the time, and do not permit it beyond sunset. Thus alcoholism on the Haat days are controlled. Women too have restricted the days they drank rice beer themselves. The meeting on Dowry and Domestic Violence in the context of Adivasi Community organised by Gender, Livelihoods and Resources forum (GLRF) was followed by the Media Meet to inform about the forthcoming activities during the fortnight. The 16 days fortnight is celebrated all over the world as International Fortnight to end Gender Based Violence. 25 Nov as Inernational day to end violence against women, and 26 as Anti Dowry day. This finishes on 10 Dec on the World Human Rights Day when women have been focusing that Women's rights are Humna Rights. There will be various school, college and community based events to highlight the issues of violence against women. This will involve film screenings, debates and drawing competetions. Inter and Graduate students of NSS wing of Nirmala College will have an event on 30th (2-3.30), Education students of Xavier's College on 4th (2-3.30) and Rural Managament students Xavier's Instt of Social Sciences on 5th (1-5.30). State level event will take place on 10th Dec. Muslim students will be reached out too in City Public School of Hindpiri. Following films will be shown in the next few days Tales from the margin By Kavita Joshi English Duration - 23 minutes Abstract – A travel to the remote, strife torn corner of India. It documents the extraordinary protest of Manipuri women for justice. The film also focus on the everyday lives of women and human tragedies in Manipur where Irom Sharmila's hunger fats continues.( India) . Redefining Peace By K.P Sasi Duration – 58 Minutes Abstract - 1000 women were nominated for the 2005 Nobel peace prize by net work of women movements and organizations across the globe. Of which 91 women were from India. The film tells the story of the struggle and contribution of these 91 women, who in their own ways redefine the definition of Peace.

Mann Ke Manjeere Package on VAW Focuses on domestic violence and gender stereotypes (encouraging restriction of women’s space to take decisions, take up different roles) in everyday lives in Indian communities. Shubha mudgal has sung the song Mann ke manjeere and Babul which are based on violence at homes.

The Pioneer 28th November 2009 (Ranchi)
RANCHI | Saturday, November 28, 2009 | Print | Close Meet on dowry & domestic violence among tribals begins Pioneer News Service | Ranchi The topic of ‘Dowry & Domestic Violence’ in the context of the adivasi community was discussed in the city on Friday. Mahila Hinsa Pratirodh Pakhwara Ayojan Samiti and Gender, Livelihoods & Resources Forum (GLRF) jointly organised this programme. Women from Jamshedpur, Chaibasa and Ranchi actively took part in this programme cum workshop. The programmes will end on December 10 as it is World Human Rights Day. The fortnight is celebrated all over the world as International Fortnight to end gender-based violence. November 25 is celebrated as International Day to End Violence Against Women and November 26 as AntiDowry Day across the world. The main topics discussed here comprised dowry-related issues faced by adivasi women. Domestic violence has also raised eyebrows and women activists had raised this issue in the programme. Jharkhand Tribal Development Society programme officer Ajay Jharia Minz was also present at the occasion and said, “Domestic violence in the tribal community has come after its contact with other communities. This is not the culture of tribals. Earlier, the boy’s parents use to gift cattle and commodities to the girl’s side.” “However, since people have begun to stay away from their homes and slowly are becoming ignorant about their culture, (they) have begun this dowry system, which is prevalent in other communities. Change is very necessary and should be accepted but losing the essence is not good. Anybody who has lost their culture and identity should not be called an adivasi,” added Minz. Alcohol consumption and migration has been a prime reason which has increased the work load on women. Since they have to look after their family so work for them becomes a necessity. To counter domestic violence, which has arisen due to development of male attitude and alcoholism, Minz added that women in some areas had started controlling the market. They have now restricted the time and do not permit alcohol beyond sunset. Now, alcoholism on haat days is hugely controlled. GLRF was also actively involved in the discussion to observe the Anti Dowry Day as part of the samiti’s planned activities. GLRF will also organise a quiz and elocution competition at Nirmala College on November 30, St. Xavier’s College on December 4 and at Xavier Institute of Social Service (XISS) on December 5 for inter and graduate students. This State level event will take place on December 10. It will also reach out to Muslim students at City Public School of Hindpiri Fort, to increase awareness. Along with these competitions, there will also be screening of a film - Redefining Peace by KP Sasi. This film consists of the story of 1,000 women who were nominated for the 2005 Nobel Peace prize with the help of several women movements and organizations across the world. Some 91 women were from India. They had actively taken part in the society issues. The film tells the story of the struggle and contribution of these 91 women, who in their own way redefine peace.

Nirmala College VAW Event Report 30th Nov 2009 PRESS RELEASE (30th Nov 2009) The event started at 10 am with Signature Campaign, with girls writing down their opinions and expressions on the issue of Violence Against Women. From 2.00 pm the video screening and discussion started. The video song Babul by Shubha Mudgal, had the lyrics in which the girl says that she wants to marry a 'Lohar' (Ironsmith) who will melt her chains and not a 'Sonar' (Goldsmith) who will just make her wear jewels and not give her the self dignity in life decisions. The film Buru Gara was screened. The film by Sriprakash, commissioned by Public Service Broadcasting Trust (PSBT) tells the story of two women writers, Dayamani Barla (activist journalist) and Nirmla Putul Murmu (poet). Sr Sushma, Incharge of National Service Scheme (NSS) Nirmala College greeted the organisers from Gender, Livelihood and Resources Forum (GLRF) and Open Space (Ranchi). Praveer Peter, Anima Baa and Swastika Sanghamitra coordinated the event. The pamphlets about women response to violence printed by Mahila Hinsa Pratirodh Pakhwara Aayojan Samiti, were distributed. Responses from the girl students were encouraged, who wrote on the banners, and spoke in the mike, in front of the camera. Elina Horo of Adivasi Women's Network coordinated the celebration of South Asian Women's Day. She told that the issues of peace and inter-community, inter-state harmony have been prime focus in the recent days amongst the South Asian women's movement. The students wrote slogan like 'We want Peace', We want discrimination-less society, No to Dowry, etc. The closing remarks by Prof Rose Kerketta, inspired the girls that though there is little discrimination or violence they face at the present moment, but it will be best to capacitate oneself to face difficult situations, which might arrive anyday in any girls' life, at home, in public life, or with some friend. The strength to struggle has to through knowledge and also the strength from within. For facing situations like domestic violence at home, sexual harassment at various sites, sexual discrimination, etc one has to get ready and also to be ready to take up struggle for community at large as who are fighting for rights. Those present included Sweta Kujur of Action Aid, Shravani of Judav, Mala Biswas, Sunita Kumari of Mahila Garima Abhiyan and Priyasheela Besra.

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RANCHI | Tuesday, December 1, 2009 | Print | Close South Asian Women’s Day celebrated at Nirmala College Pioneer News Service | Ranchi Mahila Hinsa Pratirodh Pakhwara Aayojan Samiti raised issues of violence against women during the South Asian Women’s Day celebrations at Nirmala College on Monday. The event kick started with a signature campaign where girls wrote their opinions and views against the problems what women face. Later, the screening of Buru Gara took place which was directed by Shri Prakash. This film demonstrates the struggle of Dayamani Barla, social activist and Nirmala Putul Murmu, a poetess though the tough path of life. This film was commissioned by Public Service Broadcasting Trust (PSBT). Elina Horo, member of Adivasi Women’s Network, said: “The issues of peace and inter-community, interState harmony have been prime focus in the recent days among the South Asian women’s movement.” A song sung by Shubha Mudgal also rejuvenated the audience present there. Girls learnt never to loose their dignity and always fight for it. Girls from the college enthusiastically participated in the programme and decided to fight against any violence. They wrote their messages of world peace on the banners with statements like, ‘Let us live free’, ‘I am a human being, respect it’, ‘We want Peace’, ‘We want discrimination-less society’, ‘Say no to dowry’ etc. The programme came to an end with encouraging words from Prof Rose Kerketta who said: “Girls face little discrimination or violence at present, but you should moul yourself to face even the worst circumstances.”

PRESS RELEASE (29th Nov 2009) Buru Gara Screening and South Asian Women's Day Celebration (2.00 to 3.30) AT NIRMALA COLLEGE on 30th Nov (2.00 to 3.30 pm)
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Signature writing on banners will start at 12 noon. Buru Gara, a 30 minutes documentary based on the lives of two Jharkhandi women writers Dayamani Barla and Nirmala Putul Murmu will be screened at 2.00 pm in Nirmala College. This will be followed by video spots on domestic violence (Bell Bajao). The programme will come to an end with songs and colourfiul show on the occasion of South Asian Women's day, at 3.30 pm.

The event will be coordinated by Praveer Peter, Anima Ba and Elina Horo. Organised by Solidarity Centre, Openspace, GLRF and Mahila Hinsa Pratirodh Pakhwara Aayojan Samiti This programme is part of the events planned to make awareness amongst the civil society about the 16 days fortnight to end gender based violence (25 Nov to 10 Dec). Regards Praveer

Film Screening on VAW Issue Redefining Peace and Tales from the Margin Venue – St Xavier’s College (Education Deptt) Date – 4th December 2009 The event started at 2.00 pm and continued till 3.45 pm. Approx 80 students undergoing Bed course attended, though many could not due to holidays just before the day. Before the films, both of which were women focused the relevance of the 16 days fortnight was told. The screening of the films was followed by the discussion.

ABOUT THE FILMS SCREENED Tales from the margin By Kavita Joshi English Duration - 23 minutes Abstract – A travel to the remote, strife torn corner of India. It documents the extraordinary protest of Manipuri women for justice. The film also focus on the everyday lives of women and human tragedies in Manipur ( India) . Redefining Peace

By K.P Sasi Duration – 58 Minutes Abstract - 1000 women were nominated for the 2005 Nobel peace prize by net work of women movements and organizations across the globe. Of which 91 women were from India. The film tells the story of the struggle and contribution of these 91 women, who in their own ways redefine the definition of Peace.

Sunday, December 6, 2009
Redefining Peace - Young Women and Men Countering VAW / GBV

The 16 Days Fortnight event at Xavier's institute of Social Sciences (XISS) on 5th Dec 2009 comprised of Film Screening, Quiz and Elocution. KP Sasi's Redefining Peace a documentary was screened on Indian women leaders who were nominated for Nobel Peace Prize in 2005- Medha Patkar, Teesta Seetalwad, CK Janu, Irom Sharmila etc

The inaugural Address was given by Shravani and Dr Rose Kerketta, who have been part of the women's movement in Jharkhand and bring out a women magazine 'Adhi Duniya'. Quiz Contest on Women and Violence Issues. There were five teams - Peace, Justice, Freedom, Equality, and Development. The Peace team comprising of Aastha Singh and Abhishek Chakravorty won. Elocution Contest on the issue of 'My Perspective and Strategy for Countering Violence against Women' had 12 speakers, belonging to different streams of the

Institute like rural management, marketing, personnel management and information management. The winners were Soumya Rani Gouda (first), Soumyojjwal Dutta (second), Reeti, Isha and Anupam. The guests who also judged during the competitions were Dr Usha (Psychologist), Dr Kiran (Sambhava Women magazine) and Sarjeet Singh.The program was organised under the banner of Mahila Hinsa Pratirodh Pakhwara Aayojan Samiti which is collective of many women organisation and networks (GLRF, NAWO, Mahila Garima Abhiyan, etc) Dr Kiran said it is very much wrong to say that domestic violence is promoted by women, as it is the patriarchal attitudes in which the society has been cultured. We need to hit at patriarchy, which might be present in women too, not solely a men issue. Students expressed various opinions ...

It is time for men and women to act beyond just talking about it. Boman Irani's (Bell Bajao) video spot which showed how people in one neighbourhood knock the door of someone engaging in domestic violence, need to be implemented. Men have looked at women just with eyes (concentrating on her beauty aspect) but now they have to use brains to look at women's other mental qualities too, which has been shown by Kiran Bedi and Arundhati Roy. Women should have the freedom to choose what they want to do as an individual, she should get dignity as a human being.

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There should be a policy of 'zero tolerance'. At least we students should feel it from our hearts and hope this effort kindles a new ray of hope amongst women. To counter violence against women, men need to be sensitised. Young men need to stand for women's human rights. The film has helped asserted and help us realise that women issues are beyond 'reproduction', to contribution in production and efforts to create peace.

The Quiz involved questions related to Syeda Hameed, Smita Patil, Mother Teresa, Sarojini Naidu, Meerabai, Roop Kanwar (Sati), film Provoked (on Kiranjeet Ahluwalia case in England), Seema Biswas (Bandit Queen), Arundhati Roy, Aruna Roy, Pandita Ramabai, Simone De Beauvoir, Deepa Mehta film Water (on widows), Mahasweta Devi, Kalpana Lajmi's Rudaali, Aung San Suu Kyi (Burma), PCPNDT Act, Vishakha Sexual Harassment Guidelines, Tasleema Nasreen's book Lajja, Jharkhand Archer Dola Banerjee, etc

The event was coordinated by Elina Horo, Vandana Tete, Sweta Kujur, Praveer Peter, Anima Baa, Shravani and Prabha Lakra. INTREND, the XISS club of students with Anupam, Anupriya, Rajat, Tuhin and Khushboo expressed that they would like to have more of such student activities and be in touch through blogs www.lifeatxiss.blogspot.com and www.openspace-ranchi.blogspot.com.

Preliminary Questions for Quiz on 5th December 2009 On the occasion of 16 Days Fortnight to End Gender Based Violence (25 Nov -10 Dec 2009) Org By – Mahila Hinsa Pratirodh Pakhwara Aayojan Samiti, Jharkhand ==================================================================
November 25th (International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) to December 10th (International Human Rights Day) is celebrated as 16 Days Fortnight to End Gender Violence since 1991, to make the statement that women’s rights are human rights and that violence against women is a violation of those rights.

Following the outcry after the Sati of ----------------- the Indian Government enacted the Rajasthan Sati Prevention Ordinance, 1987 on October 1, 1987 and later passed the Commission of Sati (Prevention) Act, 1987. ROOP KANWAR Taslima Nasreen started publishing prose in the early 1990s, and produced three collections of essays and four novels before the publication of her 1993 novel -------------------- in which a Hindu family is persecuted by Muslims. LAJJA OR SHAME ---------------------------------- was the first female teacher of the first women's school in India and also considered as the pioneer of modern Marathi poetry. SAVITRI BAI PHULE --------------------- case bought sexual harassment into public glare in 1992. This led to the setting of Vishakha guidelines in 1997. BHANVRI DEVI ----------------- is a film based on the true story of Kiranjit Ahluwalia, a Punjabi woman who moved to London after her marriage with Deepak Ahluwalia. Her husband seemed caring at first but then began to beat her up. He started drinking a lot and sleeping around with other women. he also subjected her to spousal rape. PROVOKED The Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) is an international convention adopted in ------- by the United Nations General Assembly. Described as an international bill of rights for women, it came into force on 3 September 1981. 1979 Water is a 2005 Academy Award nominated Canadian film directed and written by -------------------- with dialogues written by Anurag Kashyap. It is set in 1938 and explores the lives of widows at an ashram in Varanasi, India. DEEPA MEHTA Rudaali is a 1993 Hindi film directed by the Feminist Indian director --------------------- based on the short story written by famous Bengali litterateur Mahasweta Devi. KALPANA LAJMI The author of Aranyer Adhikar (The Occupation of the Forest, 1977) and Choti Munda evam Tar Tir (Choti Munda and His Arrow, 1980) is ------------------------MAHASWETA DEVI The Witch Hunting Prohibition Act in Jharkhand prevents witch hunting. It was passed in the year ---------------2001 ------------------------- is a communist politician from India, elected to the Rajya Sabha as a Communist Party of India (Marxist) CPI(M) member, on April 11, 2005 for West Bengal. In 2005, she became the first woman member of the CPI(M) Politburo [2]. She has also been the general secretary of the All India Democratic Women's Association (AIDWA).

BRINDA KARAT ------------------ was inserted into the penal code in 1983 it reads: Whoever, being the husband or the relative of the husband of a woman, subjects such woman to cruelty shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three years and shall also be liable to fine. In practice, cruelty is taken to include the demanding of a dowry. This section is non-bailable, noncompoundable (i.e. it cannot be privately resolved between the parties concerned) and cognizable (i.e. the police can arrest the accused without investigation or warrants) on a report from a woman or close relative. SECTION 498A The Second Sex (1949) is one of the best-known works of the French existentialist ------------------. It is a work on the treatment of women throughout history and often regarded as a major work of feminist literature. SIMONE DE BEAUVOIR During the 19th Century women began to agitate for the right to vote and participate in government and law making. The ideals of women's suffrage developed alongside that of universal suffrage . In 1893 -------------became the first country to give women the right to vote on a national level. NEW ZEALAND ------------------- was very interested in women's politics, including the fight for equal opportunities and women's suffrage. She developed the social-democratic women's movement in Germany; from 1891 to 1917 she edited the SPD women's newspaper Die Gleichheit (Equality). She started up the first "International Women's Day" on 8 March 1911, launching the idea of it in Copenhagen. She wrote On the History of the German Working Class Women's Movement CLARA ZETKIN --------------------------- ideas have created controversy ever since her book The Female Eunuch became an international best-seller in 1970, turning her into a household name and bringing her both adulation and opposition. She is also the author of many other books including, Sex and Destiny: The Politics of Human Fertility (1984); The Change: Women, Ageing and the Menopause (1991) and Shakespeare's Wife (2007). GERMAINE GREER ---------------------------------- was a child prodigy, freedom fighter, and poet. Naidu was the first Indian woman to become the President of the Indian National Congress and the first woman to become the Governor of Uttar Pradesh SAROJINI NAIDU OR SAROJINI CHATTOPADHYAYA ------------------ was elected Prime Minister, as leader of the winning National League for Democracy party, which won 59% of the vote and 394 of 492 seats in Burma. Her subsequent detention by the military junta prevented her from assuming office. She was the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991. In 1992 she was awarded the Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding by the Government of India. AUNG SAN SUU KYI PCPNDT Act helps action against prenatal diagnostic tests of pregnancy. It stands for ------------------------PRE-CONCEPTION AND PRE-NATAL DIAGNOSTIC TECHNIQUES ACT 1994 Chota Nagpur Tenancy Act (CNTA) came after a struggle of the adivasis. The leader of the movement was ……… BIRSA MUNDA Irom Chanu Sharmila has been on a hunger strike demanding the repeal of the ---------------------------------------------------------- (AFSPA), since November 2, 2000, after soldiers of the Indian Paramilitary Assam Rifles killed ten young Meitei men in Malom near Imphal. Three days later, police arrested Sharmila on charges of "attempted suicide", suicide or attempted suicide being unlawful under Indian laws, and she was later transferred to judicial custody. To keep her alive, she is force-fed a cocktail of vitamins, minerals, laxatives, protein supplements and lentil soup through the nose with a rubber pipe, since years. ARMED FORCES SPECIAL POWERS ACT 1958

Elocution Contest on the Themes of ‘Dowry’ and ‘Domestic Violence’ City Public School, Hindpiri, Ranchi 10 December 2009 The event took place from 1.30 to 4.00 pm on 10 December 2009 in the campus of City Public School at Hindpiri. Total 140 children of classes 6th to 9th were present. The number of speakers was 71. Some spoke on Dowry and some on Domestic Violence. The event was coordinated by Ms Swastika and Praveer Peter with support from school teachers Farida, Farzana and Shagufta. Participant Speakers Sr Names 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 19 30 31 32 Roshni Hamsha Farheen Perween Zeba Perween Tauhid Ahmad Sana Perween Anjal Akhtar Kashif Shahid Simran Naaz Tashneem Kausar Nagma Perween Eram Perween Zainab Perween Sabiha Khatoon Shahnawaz Tarique Arif Perwez Shaista Perween Asiya Perween Kashiq Qaiyam Farida Perween Asiya Nasreen Anwar Ali Sharique Perwez Nadeem Hasan Simran Perween Shahzad Khan Shaista Perween Sabiha Naaz Zeba Khatoon Neelima Khatoon Adil Nasheed Iqbal Ali Qurban Ali

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RANCHI | Saturday, November 28, 2009 | Print | Close Meet on dowry & domestic violence among tribals begins Pioneer News Service | Ranchi The topic of ‘Dowry & Domestic Violence’ in the context of the adivasi community was discussed in the city on Friday. Mahila Hinsa Pratirodh Pakhwara Ayojan Samiti and Gender, Livelihoods & Resources Forum (GLRF) jointly organised this programme. Women from Jamshedpur, Chaibasa and Ranchi actively took part in this programme cum workshop. The programmes will end on December 10 as it is World Human Rights Day. The fortnight is celebrated all over the world as International Fortnight to end gender-based violence. November 25 is celebrated as International Day to End Violence Against Women and November 26 as Anti-Dowry Day across the world. The main topics discussed here comprised dowry-related issues faced by adivasi women. Domestic violence has also raised eyebrows and women activists had raised this issue in the programme. Jharkhand Tribal Development Society programme officer Ajay Jharia Minz was also present at the occasion and said, “Domestic violence in the tribal community has come after its contact with other communities. This is not the culture of tribals. Earlier, the boy’s parents use to gift cattle and commodities to the girl’s side.” “However, since people have begun to stay away from their homes and slowly are becoming ignorant about their culture, (they) have begun this dowry system, which is prevalent in other communities. Change is very necessary and should be accepted but losing the essence is not good. Anybody who has lost their culture and identity should not be called an adivasi,” added Minz. Alcohol consumption and migration has been a prime reason which has increased the work load on women. Since they have to look after their family so work for them becomes a necessity. To counter domestic violence, which has arisen due to development of male attitude and alcoholism, Minz added that women in some areas had started controlling the market. They have now restricted the time and do not permit alcohol beyond sunset. Now, alcoholism on haat days is hugely controlled. GLRF was also actively involved in the discussion to observe the Anti Dowry Day as part of the samiti’s planned activities. GLRF will also organise a quiz and elocution competition at Nirmala College on November 30, St. Xavier’s College on December 4 and at Xavier Institute of Social Service (XISS) on December 5 for inter and graduate students. This State level event will take place on December 10. It will also reach out to Muslim students at City Public School of Hindpiri Fort, to increase awareness. Along with these competitions, there will also be screening of a film - Redefining Peace by KP Sasi. This film consists of the story of 1,000 women who were nominated for the 2005 Nobel Peace prize with the help of several women movements and organisations across the world. Some 91 women were from India. They had actively taken part in the society issues. The film tells the story of the struggle and contribution of these 91 women, who in their own way redefine peace.

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RANCHI | Tuesday, December 1, 2009 | Print | Close South Asian Women’s Day celebrated at Nirmala College Pioneer News Service | Ranchi Mahila Hinsa Pratirodh Pakhwara Aayojan Samiti raised issues of violence against women during the South Asian Women’s Day celebrations at Nirmala College on Monday. The event kick started with a signature campaign where girls wrote their opinions and views against the problems what women face. Later, the screening of Buru Gara took place which was directed by Shri Prakash. This film demonstrates the struggle of Dayamani Barla, social activist and Nirmala Putul Murmu, a poetess though the tough path of life. This film was commissioned by Public Service Broadcasting Trust (PSBT). Elina Horo, member of Adivasi Women’s Network, said: “The issues of peace and inter-community, inter-State harmony have been prime focus in the recent days among the South Asian women’s movement.” A song sung by Shubha Mudgal also rejuvenated the audience present there. Girls learnt never to loose their dignity and always fight for it. Girls from the college enthusiastically participated in the programme and decided to fight against any violence. They wrote their messages of world peace on the banners with statements like, ‘Let us live free’, ‘I am a human being, respect it’, ‘We want Peace’, ‘We want discrimination-less society’, ‘Say no to dowry’ etc. The programme came to an end with encouraging words from Prof Rose Kerketta who said: “Girls face little discrimination or violence at present, but you should moul yourself to face even the worst circumstances.”
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RANCHI | Sunday, December 6, 2009 | Print | Close Students get lessons to stop violence against women Pioneer News Service | Ranchi In a bid to stop violence against women, the students of XISS accentuated against gender based violence by expressing their views in elocution competition on the topic 'My Perspective and Strategy for Countering Violence against Women' on Saturday at XISS. Celebrating for a fortnight, Mahila Hinsa Pratirodh Pakhwara Aayojan Samiti, a group of many women organisations and networks, organised events to aware XISS students about the violence against women. Screening of KP Sasi's documentary Redefining Peace, based on Indian women leaders who were nominated for Nobel Peace Prize in 2005 marked the beginning of the programme at XISS. Reviewing the film, Subhangi, an Information Management graduate said: "The film depicted the life of all great women workers from Medha Patkar to Teesta Seetalwad and CK Janu to Irom Sharmila. The documentary is great piece of work and is a real inspiration for a greater section of society." In the inaugural session of the programme, Vandana Tete interacted with the students. Tete said: "For facing situations like domestic violence at home, sexual harassment at various sites, sexual discrimination, etc a woman has to get ready to take up struggle against community at large, as one has to fight for her rights." In the later part of the programme, quiz competition on the issues of violence against women took place among five teams of Equality, Justice, Freedom, Peace and Development. Elina Horo of Adivasi Women's Network coordinated the quiz contest. She asked several questions on the issues of peace, inter-community, inter-state harmony and women's movement. The closing remarks by Prof Rose Kerketta, inspired the girls that though there is little discrimination or violence they face at the present moment, it will be best to capacitate individually to face difficult situations, which might arrive any day in any girl's life, at home, in public life, or with some friend. The strength to struggle has to through knowledge and also the strength from within. Those present during the programme were Dr Rose Kerketta, Dr Kiran and Dr Usha Narsaria. Sweta Kujur of Action Aid, Shravani of Judav, Mala Biswas, Sunita Kumari of Mahila Garima Abhiyan and Priyasheela Besra were among the others present during the contests.

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