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AnnuAl RepoRt 2014–2015

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2 Annu Al RepoR t 2014–2015 Designed and Printed by: Impression Communications +91-9810096529 Cover Photo Contributed by:

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3 Annu Al RepoR t 2014–2015 From the desk of the Chairperson ......................................................................................................5 From the desk of the President ...........................................................................................................7 About WomenPowerConnect ..............................................................................................................8 Actvites Undertaken by WPC and Partner .................................................................................... 9 Other Actvites by WPC ..................................................................................................................... 17 Advocacy Initatves by WPC and Partner .................................................................................... 21 Important Meetngs Atended by WPC ........................................................................................ 23 Annual Statement of Accounts 2013-2014 ..................................................................................31 Media Coverage ....................................................................................................................................33 CONTENT

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FROM THE DESK OF THE CHAIRPERSON Dear Friends Greetngs from WomenPowerConnect It is my pleasure to bring to you the 2014-2015 Annual Report of WPC. This year WPC worked on fve broad issues and played an actve role in actvites involving networking collaboraton building communicaton and resource development. The fve areas of work WPC focused on were: i enhancing the mobile populaton’s access to HIV and AIDS service informaton and support ii addressing child marriage iii women’s land rights iv women’s leadership and v efectvely addressing violence against women in Delhi-NCR Region. WPC contnues its work on the issue of child marriages with State level initatves in Jharkhand Bihar and Madhya Pradesh with the support of Ford Foundaton. The project aims at generatng positve actons in communites that would trigger signifcant reducton in the incidences of child marriage and enabling district and community-monitoring systems at various levels to sustain these actons. As a result of vigorous advocacy eforts by WPC’s partner Mahila Chetna Manch MCM Madhya Pradesh with the Ministry of Women and Child Development the Government of Madhya Pradesh launched a program LADO for girl child empowerment on similar lines as to the ongoing FORD- WPC Project. We have been working with Oxfam India with the aim of addressing the deep rooted problem of women being denied equal land rights in India through trainings on land rights for women farmers. With the support of OXFAM India the project ‘Ensuring Women’s Access to and Control over Land’ has been implemented. The 16th Natonal General Electon so far has refected a low representaton of women in Parliament State legislatures in politcal partes and other decision-making bodies. Against this background Friedrich Ebert Stfung FES and WPC with the collaboraton of the Department of Politcal Science- Jamia Millia Islamia JMI organise an interface between politcal leaders representng various partes and youth from various Delhi based universites. This event helped the youth in understanding the Indian politcal process the challenges faced during pre-electoral electoral and post-electoral phases and women’s partcipaton in party politcs and governance. It has been a successful year and this Annual Report outlines our progress in the fve thematc issues. We have been working with our partner and member organizaton across India with greater focus on the youth. Our members have worked with us on empowering women to access their land and property rights addressing child marriage at the grassroots State and natonal level. WPC in partnership with Care India observed Internatonal Women’s Day on 20th March 2015 with the theme “Make It Happen: Respect and Dignity for All to Foster a Happy Workplace”. The focus of the event was sensitzaton on the issue of Sexual Harassment at the Workplace for the corporate sector and women’s empowerment at the workplace. The event brought together a theatre performance magic show and live music specifcally in the context of the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace Preventon Prohibiton and Redress Act of 2013. With Best Wishes Dr. Ranjana Kumari Chairperson WPC

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7 Annu Al RepoR t 2014–2015 Dear Friends Greetngs I am happy to share with you once again the Annual Report of WomenPowerConnect. Over the past couple of years I have had the pleasure of watching WPC truly raise the bar for itself and for its members. I have seen our members come together and show resilience determinaton and a shared sense of purpose working efectvely as a unifed voice for change. With a membership of over 1400 individuals and NGOs across the country WPC was able to engage at multple levels of alliance formaton capacity building policy interventons and reach out to the community. I am pleased to report that thanks to the hard work and dedicaton of WPC team and all of our extended family WPC has successfully completed the fnal year of the project on child marriages supported by Ford Foundaton with notable success. WPC has also taken the initatve for developing a monitoring and evaluatng strategy for implementaton of the Prohibiton of Child Marriage Act 2006. WPC as CARE’s Strategic Advocacy Partner provided policy briefngs evidence based advocacy with key stakeholders for assessment of advocacy and alliance building eforts for enhancing Mobile Populatons’ Access to HIV and AIDS Services Informaton and Support EMPHASIS. WPC worked with the Afghanistan based organizaton called ‘Equality for Peace and Democracy’ EPD on sharing India’s best practces relatng to gender budgetng. The sharing process was initated with the intenton of incorporatng GRB Gender responsive budgetng into Ministry level policies and programs in Afghanistan. As we move towards 2016 and beyond I am proud of what WPC has accomplished during the year 2013- 14 and excited about the future. Our organizaton is strong and vibrant and together we will contnue our eforts to uphold a gender-just society by ensuring human dignity gender equality and build a promising future for the women of India. We are faced with massive challenges in terms of securing 33 seats for women in the legislatve assemblies of state governments and the Parliament of India translatng gender commitments into fnancial commitments thro’ gender responsive budgets and stopping alarmingly declining child sex ratos. Only way lef for us is united eforts of all women to mobilise public opinion on these crucial concerns. With Best Wishes Dr. Vibhut Patel President FROM THE DESK OF THE PRESIDENT

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8 Annu Al RepoR t 2014–2015 WomenPowerConnect was born out of the realizaton that despite substantal grassroots eforts women’s organizatons and groups in India lacked the necessary co-ordinaton needed for translatng their eforts into legislatve and policy outcomes necessary for real true progress. Despite the fact that parliamentarians have the zest to address issues related to women’s rights and empowerment they lack the mechanism to address this in a smooth manner as the informaton provided to them by the various grassroots organizatons is voluminous and incoherent. It was therefore felt that a natonal level agency could bridge the gap between the actvites of the organizatons working at the grassroots and the insttutons that can bring about policy level outcomes. And thus WPC was conceived as a unifed voice representng the varied number of women’s organizatons. It engages and advocated on issues related to women’s rights and empowerment in a comprehensive manner with the parliamentarians and the government. The organizaton which began in 2005 today is a natonal level body with a membership of over 1450 individuals and NGOs spread across the country. An integral aspect of WPC is its commitment of addressing gender discriminaton from all angles and creatng a gender- just society through politcal social and economic empowerment of women. Advocacy at multple levels capacity building alliance formaton policy interventons and reaching out to the community through partner organizatons are important mechanisms through which it aims at addressing all the issues that WPC engages with. WPC has carried out projects with the support of a number of organizatons. A few of them are: ABOUT WOMENPOWERCONNECT ABOUT WPC

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9 Annu Al RepoR t 2014–2015 ACTIVITIES UNDERTAKEN BY WPC AND PARTNERS ACTIVITIES UNDERTAKEN Ford Foundation: ‘Empowering Girls by addressing Child Marriage’ The third and fnal year’s focus in relaton to the project on child marriages was on capacity building meetngs organized especially for youth groups various stakeholders such as Panchayat Raj Insttutons school teachers principals police public prosecutors judiciary media Juvenile Justce Board members media professors religious leaders Zilla Parishads ward members Mukhiya and Stafs of Child Line WCD Social Welfare Department State Commission for Protecton of Child Rights SCPCR State Commission for Women and Child Rights and representatves from CSOs NGOs INGOs and UN agencies. These stakeholders were targeted and sensitzed on child marriage through various meetngs consultatons and workshops. At the state and district levels key Government agencies dealing with issues related to women and children like the State Commission for Women State Commission for Protecton of Child Rights Juvenile Justce Board Child Welfare Commitee judiciary and the media showed keen interest in the issue and partcipated in the actvites that were carried out as part of the Project. WPC successfully partcipated in the ‘Girls Not Brides webinar’ on the draf Theory of Change on Child Marriage on 11 th April 2014. WPC also collaborated with various networks during this year: State of Jharkhand Ranchi On 6th and 7th of June 2014 a Jharkhand State Level Consultaton: ‘ Strengthening Implementaton of Laws on Domestc Violence and Child Marriage ’ was organized by CREA and WomenPowerConnect in collaboraton with the Natonal Mission for Empowerment of Women where around 80 partcipants and invitees including all the project partners of CREA and WPC Panchayat members representatves from youth groups Government representatves NGO representatves and members working on issues related to domestc violence and child marriage were actve partcipants. The two day Consultaton provided a large collaboratve platorm for interacton with the objectve to bring in convergence of eforts through inter-sectoral coordinaton among diferent ministries and programs as representatves from the State Resource Centre for Women were also present. This would facilitate the larger objectve of overall development and empowerment of women in Jharkhand. Our partner Badlao Foundaton also organized a State level workshop on 22nd September 2014 in Jarmundi Block Dumka District of Jharkhand. The workshop was organized for developing a monitoring and evaluaton strategy for implementaton of the child marriage preventon act. 41 representatves from Panchayat Raj Insttutons task force members NGO’s CBO’s atended the workshop. On 24th of December 2014 a district level orientaton on developing strategies to curb child marriages in the district of Deoghar Jharkhand was organized by WPC’s partner Chetna Vikas along with the Juvenile Justce Board and Child Welfare Commitees. The main aim of the meetng was to create awareness among stakeholders and to develop strategies with the diferent NGOs to curb child marriage along with emphasizing on the importance of

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10 Annu Al RepoR t 2014–2015 educaton for girls. Regular meetngs were organized by Badlao Foundaton in Dumka District where the efects of early child marriages were discussed and the focus was also on how the life of the girl child was ruined because of early marriages. The task force members pledged to take actve part in the preventon of child marriage in their villages. They also assured to regularly hold meetngs in their villages and spread the message. On 27th March 2014 around 35 adolescent girls from 5 villages atended the block level meetng organized by Chetna Vikas in Chandari block of Deoghar District Jharkhand Smt. Prabha Paliwal from Women and Child Development Department of the state atended the meetng and discussed about child marriage causes and consequences of child marriage and the ways of curbing child marriage. On3rd- 4th April 2014 an exposure visit was organized for task force members to Breakthrough’s feld in Ranchi and Hazari bagh Jharkhand. The visit had a total of 26 partcipants 9 task force members two project team members from Badlao Foundaton 11task force members three project team members from Chetna Vikas and Ms. Rachna Shanbog from WPC. This exposure visit was to give the task force members from both the organizatons a platorm to build their capacity to handle issues of sexuality reproductve health educaton and child marriage. Chetna Vikas organized two Block level orientatons with the community stakeholder- Sahiya on cause and efect of child marriage and role of Sahiya in the month of June 2014 at Mohanpur and Deoghar Block. The meetng with Sahiya was organized because they are one of the most important stakeholders of the community and play an important role in creatng awareness among the community especially with mothers and adolescent girls. The meetng included ANM sahiya saathi sahiya as well as civil surgeons. They also help to conduct regular meetngs in 15 villages of the project area with the task force members and community members to create awareness among the villagers on child marriage and also help them and build their capacites to handle the cases of child marriage. The objectves of the meetngs was to bring out the causes and efects of child marriage its consequences on physical and mental health of the individual and on the overall society how it hampers the development of the individual how it violates human rights and capacites to handle the cases on child marriage in the villages along with the aspects of preventon and prosecuton. Through these meetngs task force members were given encouragement to identfy the cases of child marriage from villages and to start reportng them. State of Madhya Pradesh Bhopal Mahila Chetna Manch WPC’s project partner organized a one day meet with children at RCH Bhawan Rajgarh on 25th June 2014. A total of 80 children from 10 villages partcipated. The main agenda of this meetng was to share the experiences and opinion of children on child marriage issues expectatons of children from the government opinion of children on child related government policies and schemes like Mid-day meal. Issues like distributon of books cycles and scholarships and actvites for future acton plan of children were also discussed. They even organized block level meetngs with children in Rajgarh Bhopal on 26th and 27th June 2014. The meetngs were organized in three villages namely Badveli Jamonia and Raghunathpura. A total of 158 partcipants atended these meetngs. Ms. Savitri Rathore District Empowerment Ofcial

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11 Annu Al RepoR t 2014–2015 and District Child Protecton Ofcial shared informaton on efects of child marriage and laws to protect child marriages. Around 150 slogans were writen in wallsby Mahila Chetna Manch in 15 villages at Rajgarh district. These slogans are writen on walls of anganwadi centre chaupal schools panchayat bhawan and health care centre to create awareness among the populaton. State of Bihar Patna One day meetng with Child Welfare Commitee Juvenile Justce Board members Public Prosecutors and Judiciary was organized by GENVP in Bihar Sharif in Nalanda on 21 st May 2014. The discussion was on the alarming situaton of child marriage early pregnancy and the vulnerable and critcal situaton of girls and women in the district. An interface meetng between taskforce/ watch dog groups with Government ofcials media and police was organized at Chandi block in Nalanda on 20th June 2014. At the block level one day workshop with teachers principal and school authorites were organized in Bapu High School in Chandi block Nalanda on 5th August 2014. The aim of the workshop was to get support from teachers principals and school authorites and share the present scenario of child marriage in the Chandi block as well as in Nalanda district. Boys and girls from the villages actvely partcipated in the training programs which were facilitated by resource persons Mr. Arvind Rai Senior Advocate and Ms. Anju Sinha GENVP organized in Chandi block by GENVP with a total of 40 task force members of 10 target villages. The basic aim behind conductng training events was to mobilize youth as agents of change promoton of girl educaton and enable community to enhance voices against child marriage gender discriminaton and atrocites against women in their natve villages. The nukkad play named “Haldi Ki Jaldi’ was performed by artsts from Patna in August and September which was based on the vulnerabilites and consequences of child marriage. The State level Workshop on “Empowering girls by Addressing Child Marriage” was also organized at Amrapali Hall Patna by WPC project partner GENVP on 26 th December 2014. The program was inaugurated by the Chief Guest Smt. Nisha Jha Chairperson State Child Right Protecton Commission Bihar along with joint partcipaton of Smt. Anita Sinha Vice Chairperson State Child Labour Commission SCLC Bihar and with the dignifed presence of Dr. Mukhtar ul Haque Member SCLC Mr. Sahid Jawed Department Of Social Welfare Government of Bihar. Along with these there were other representatves from CSOs GOs and other commited grassroots practtoners who partcipated in the event. More than 50 people atended the workshop. The End line assessment was undertaken by WPC team members and WPC consultant Ms. Vandana Mahajan in each of the project state. Under the frst visit from 28 th November tll 1 st December 2014 WPC Staf visited Mahila Chetna Manch Project Partner in Bhopal Madhya Pradesh followed by another visit made from 8 th - 9 th December 2014 to Chetna Vikas Project Partner in Deoghar Jharkhand from 10 th - 11 th December to Badlao Foundaton Project Partner in Jharkhand and from 12 th – 13 th December 2014

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12 Annu Al RepoR t 2014–2015 WPC staf visited GENVP Project Partner in Patna Bihar. The main objectve of the monitoring visit was to measure the impact of the community mobilizaton actvites done by the organizaton and also to come up with an end line assessment report which will help WPC in evaluatng the project and also planning future strategies. ‘Ensuring women’s access to control over land’ with support from OXFAM India • Brainstorming Workshop on Women and Land On ‘Women and Land’ from 13-14th June 2014 A workshop was organized on 13 th and 14 th June 2014 in ‘Zorba the Buddha’ New Delhi on “Exploring Policy and Programmatc Spaces for Increasing Women Farmers’ Access to and Control over Land. ” The aim of this workshop was to explore policy: legal and programmatc space to increase women’s access and control over land. The Workshop also aimed to enhance knowledge and perspectve within an overall gender framework on the various state land laws joint land ttles besides the natonal inheritance laws with special emphasis on the laws addressing Muslim women. This workshop was very interactve and partcipatory whereby discussions led to tangible and practcal steps supportng our work across the world. The key objectve of the workshop was to focus on the situaton of Women and Land rights across the country with Oxfam-WPC focused on the states Internatonal case studies and statstcs were also discussed the state specifc policies and schemes for land rights and women components were discussed. Advocacy concerns across the country over the issue of land rights and women land rights in partcular were discussed. The challenges learnings and outcomes from each partner state along with that the partners face during their courses of work at the grassroots the success and failure stories were discussed during the workshop. • A Discussion on “Women Economic Rights: Land Property and Inheritance in India” A Discussion on “Women Economic Rights: Land Property and Inheritance in India” was held on 20 th November 2014 in the seminar room of Department of Politcal Science Jamia Millia Islamia support Subject Associaton of Department of Politcal Science Sarojini Naidu Center for Women Studies SNCWS in associaton with Women Power Connect Oxfam India and Australia Aid. It is frst in the series of similar discussion expected in near future. Dr. Kahkashan Danyal Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Law Jamia Millia Islamia is an expert on Hindu and Muslim session law. She commenced her lecture by diferentatng Indian law practcally and theory. Ms Sabita from Oxfam India presented a case study on “Women Rights as an Economic right”. She showed her concerned about the ignorant conditon of the women contributon. The presentaton commenced with the most basic queston what is Economic Right It is adequate food housing work hygienic

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13 Annu Al RepoR t 2014–2015 which is linked to economic social and politcal conditon. Women played an equally important role in raising the level of economy in terms of producton. It was followed by a fve minute documentary on Give Women Their Share which talk about equal share for girls and boys. But the social stgma and traditons are so women girls don’t get these shares. The discussion was further followed by queston and answer to clarify the doubts of the students and to enhance their interactve thinking capability on the respectve issue. The queston was raised regarding the legalizaton of women land right. As the land is resisted in the name of mothers and daughter instead of making it as a campaign they need to be developed and trained. How this training and development can be look forward Secondly how the nature of the state should be change from socialist and capitalist point of view as they both are discriminatory in nature. What are the proper and systematc strategies to be adopted for eliminatng the discriminatory land rights And further the relevance of Uniform Civil Code for India was queston At the end students also shared ideas how youth engagement can be made more interactve and interestng. • Collaboratve Programme by Department of Politcal Science Miranda House Delhi University and Women Studies University of Wisconsin Eau Claire USA supported by WPC and Oxfam India A program based on Women Rights on Land and Property which was conducted on 7 th January 2015 in Miranda house college Delhi University along with the students from department of women studies from university of Wisconsin. Objectves:  To create awareness about the present situaton of Indian women farmers and their inheritance rights on land.  To make them familiar with the present situaton of women farmers in India.  To impart knowledge about the inheritance law of women in India and what are the amendments happened in the law.  To know what are their point of view about the issue. Actvites undertake:  Introducton: Radhika gave the introducton about the organizaton Women Power Connect and its collaboraton with Oxfam India for the issue women rights on land and property.

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14 Annu Al RepoR t 2014–2015  Ice breaking game: We form a rapport among the group and also energized the students through an ice breaking game which was based on the issue.  Movie screening: We showed them a movie which was based on the issue women rights on land and property which is made by Oxfam India.  Presentaton: Sabita Parida the Program Coordinator of Small Holder Agriculture and Climate Change Agriculture Oxfam India presented the power point on the issue.  Discussion: Sabita Parida also had a discussion session which involved the students so that they can ask their queries about the issue.  Presentaton by the students: We formed diferent groups and gave them some comic strips regarding the issue which was made by the women farmers and asked them to present what they’ve understood about the issue through these comic strips and presentaton given by Sabita Parida.  Feedback: we gave them feedback forms to know what they felt about the session and what would be their suggestons to make it more interestng and involving. Outcome:  Through the ice breaking game we got to know what are the students opinion about the words like farmer women farmer access and control over property and women rights on land and property and how they diferentate the work done by men and women farmer as they have this misunderstanding that women farmers only bear load but Sabita Parida cleared their misunderstanding that women in the feld do all the heavy work that a man do in the feld.  The students were aware of the issue and very much keen to know more about the issue.  Students felt the session interestng and partcipated enthusiastcally in every exercise.  Afer evaluatng the feedback forms we got to know that the response was very good as it depicts that 42 said that the program was good 24 said that it was very good and 29 said that it was excellent and only 5 said that it was average. • A Public Lecture by Dr Bina Agarwal on “Gender Women’s Property Rights and Domestc Violence” A public lecture by Dr Bina Agarwal on “Gender Women’s Property rights and Domestc Violence ” with the support of the department of Politcal Science and Sarojini Naidu Centre for Women Studies Jamia Millia Islamia JMI on 26 th February 2015 at the FTK Centre for Informaton Conference Room Jamia Millia Islamia was organized by WPC. Women’s property rights have been advocated by feminists on the account that they create conducive and enabling environment for health and safety of women. Evidence from the empirical study conducted by Dr. Bina Agarwal on the link between women’s property status and risk of domestc violence confrmed this. Her fndings that mainly focus on statstcal data from the Indian state of Kerala suggest that women’s property ownership is inversely related to the presence of marital violence. Dr. Bina Agarwal drew an essental diference between employment and property ownership in relaton to domestc violence. According to Agarwal ownership of property is much more efectve deterrent of domestc violence against women than those women who are employed but do not own any property. This is mainly because the security provided by owning property is not afected or vary with the vagaries of the economic situaton of the labour market. She further argued that the ownership of property made

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15 Annu Al RepoR t 2014–2015 an exit opton for women from an abusive relatonship more feasible. Based on her study Dr. Agarwal proposed series of practces ranging from macroeconomic policies for the development of women’s employment opportunites to the creaton of specifc laws to protect the rights of women within marriage to providing beter shelters for batered women and increasing their access to housing and land. At the end of her talk Dr. Agarwal reiterated the necessity of stronger advocacy plans for creatng awareness among all the stakeholders on the importance of property ownership among women in order to deter marital violence against them. • Youth Fest at Jamia Millia Islamia A Youth Fest was organized at M. A. Ansari Auditorium JMI from 3 rd - 4 th of March 2015 where a series of events on the themes of ‘Economic rights and Empowerment of women’ by WPC. The fest was divided into diferent events where more than 500-600 students partcipated and shared their opinions on the issue of Women empowerment and Rights to Property. The fest started with a debate on “Women’s Inheritance to Property and Land in India: the Pros and Cons” where students put their view for and against. The best students were rewarded with book coupons. It was followed by photography competton ‘Light Camera Rights’ where students were asked to click photographs on “Women Economics Empowerment”. Many good entries came and a panel of four judges decided the winners. Students partcipated in the event eagerly. On the second day of the fest Slogan writng and Paintng compettons were organized in which more than 100 students partcipated. The theme of the competton was “ Gender Women and Empowerment”. Many good slogans and paintng expressed the understanding of the students on the issues concerning gender in the society. The program Director Ms. Radhika along with Lead Specialist Economics Division Ms. Vanita Suneja from Oxfam India appreciated the students in making the fest successful with their partcipaton and interest.

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16 Annu Al RepoR t 2014–2015 NMEW: ‘The Impact of Government Initiatives on Enhancing Value of Girls’ WPC with the support from Natonal Mission for Empowerment conducted a research study on ‘ Impact of Government Initatves on Enhancing Value of Girls’ in Madurai Tamil Nadu. The objectve of the research is reviewing the operatonal schemes namely Cradle Baby Scheme Sivagami Ammaiyar Ninaivu Girl Child Protecton Scheme and Moovlaur Ramamirtham Ammaiyar Ninaivu Marriage Assistance Scheme that are been implemented in the state of Tamil Nadu for enhancing the value of girl child. This research aims to determine whether fnancial incentves for the girl child provided through selected schemes have had any bearing on parental attude and behavior with respect to the birth and care of girls.

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17 Annu Al RepoR t 2014–2015 OTHER ACTIVITIES Other Activities done by WPC Training of Trainers- Gender Responsive Budgeting For Afghan Delegates WomenPowerConnect WPC in cooperaton with Afghanistan based organizaton called Equality for Peace and Democracy EPD organised a Training of Trainers programme for representatves of the Government of Afghanistan. As part of the delegaton there were also representatves of the various civil societes from Afghanistan. This Training of Trainers ToT was held from 25 th to 28 th October 2014 in New Delhi. The main purpose of the training programme was to strengthen the knowledge and build on the gender perspectve of the ofcials of Afghanistan for beter policy/programme formulaton its smooth implementaton and critcal review in the context of Budgetng in Afghanistan. WPC actvely shared India’s best practces of gender budgetng in order to enable the delegates to apply this knowledge to their ongoing work in Afghanistan. The 4-day ToT was organized for 11 Afghan delegates from government and civil society with the aim of developing the understanding of GRB among the partcipants in order to incorporate GRB into their ministry’s policies and programs. The second aim was to train the ofcials to carry out training programs for other government ofcials at 6 pilot ministries: the Ministry of Educaton MoE Ministry of Agriculture Irrigaton and Livestock MAIL Ministry of Rural Rehabilitaton and Development MRRD the Ministry of Labor Social Afairs Martyrs and Disabled MoLSAMD Ministry of Public Health MoPH and the Ministry of Higher Educaton MoHE. Celebrating International Women’s Day: Make it Happen: Respect and Dignity for All to Foster a Happy Workplace Care India in partnership with WomenPowerConnect celebrate Internatonal Women’s Day on 20th March 2015 to commemorate the end of a successful campaign ‘She Means Business’ conducted by Care India where they managed to engage with over a 100 companies and get 30 corporates on board as signatories. The celebraton under the banner “Make It Happen: Respect and Dignity for All to Foster a Happy Workplace” with a focus on sensitzaton on the issue of Sexual Harassment at the Workplace was conducted at DLF Cyber Hub Gurgaon. A one-day cultural event in Cyber Hub was held to raise awareness on- and sensitze

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18 Annu Al RepoR t 2014–2015 the corporate world to the pressing issues of gender equality and women’s empowerment at the workplace. “Make It Happen” organized by Care India in associaton with WomenPowerConnect brought together a theatre performance magic show and live music. Also involved was the Centre for Health and Social Justce- a non-proft voluntary organizaton working to promote gender equality and women’s health within a human rights framework – which helped organize an interactve game of snakes and ladders. Snakes and Ladders game is a version of the age old game but a life sized one where the partcipants can walk and interact with the game while understanding issues of gender violence health sexuality etc. The game is a fun way by which the message is understood collectvely and debated with friends and co partcipants. “ Make It Happen” saw performances by Maya Krishna Rao a distnguished theatre artste is an actor director writer educator and actvist recognized as an original innovatve and vastly talented creator of theatre today. Ishamuddin khan a magician known for the Great Indian Rope Trick widely recognised as the champion of Indian traditonal magic and street performances. He uses his art to raise awareness on important issues which are linked to gender equality. Dhruv Sangari also known as Bilal Chishty is lead vocalist and member of groups like Rooh Da-Saz and Humble Mystc. The event was an initatve to raise awareness about women’s empowerment equality and respect at the workplace specifcally in the context of the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace Preventon Prohibiton and Redress Act of 2013. GENDERLOGUE ACTIVITIES SUPPORTED BY FES • Conference on “VOCABULARY OF CHANGE: GENDER AND YOUTH IN POLITICS” The conference focus on the partcipaton of youth and women in the politcs. It aimed at discussing the recent trends of women and youth partcipaton in the Lok Sabha electons 2014. Actve partcipaton of women in mainstream politcal processes has crucial implicatons for processes of governance in a country. However in one of the world’s largest democracy like India where women consttute half of the populaton there is stll a huge gap between consttutonal guarantees and the actual status of women. The evoluton of Indian democracy through the 16 th General electons so far has refected a low representaton of women in Parliament State legislatures in politcal partes and other decision-making bodies. Against this background Friedrich Ebert Stfung FES and WomenPowerConnect WPC with the collaboraton of the Department of Politcal Science- Jamia Millia Islamia JMI organized the event called “ Vocabulary of Change: Gender and Youth in Politcs ” at CTI Conference Room JMI in New Delhi on the 21 st of August 2014. The event was atended by more than 170 students who atentvely and enthusiastcally took part in the conversaton sharing experiences and comments and interacted with the speakers. The purpose of the event was to provide a platorm for interface between the politcal leaders representng various partes and youth from various Delhi based universites. It is envisaged that the discussion will help the youth in understanding the Indian politcal process the challenges faced during pre-electoral electoral and post- electoral phases and women’s partcipaton in party politcs and governance.

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19 Annu Al RepoR t 2014–2015 A talk by Prof. Amber Syed on Islamic Feminism with the students of Jamia Millia Islamia Under genderlogue a talk on “Islamic feminism: A contradicton in terms” was organised by WPC with support from Subject Associaton of Politcal Science Department Jamia Millia Islamia by Ms. Ambar Ahmad Assistant Professor Department of Politcal Science Kamla Nehru College Delhi University on 30 th September 2014. The discussion was fooded with many interestng questons and arguments revolving around gender and Islam and the contradictons in the contemporary world. Ms. Ahmad discussed and replied the queries with scientfc approach and research she has been involved all these years. National Consultation on Safety of Women at Workplace in context of the Sexual Harassment Act 2013 On 8 th and 9 th September 2014 FES India Ofce together with the Department of Economics SNDT Women’s University and WomenPowerConnect organized a workshop on “Safety at Work in the context of the law” with focus on The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace Preventon Prohibiton and Redressal Act 2013. The Consultaton aimed at broadening the discussion on the implementaton of the Sexual Harassment of Women at the Workplace Act and to what extent has the working environment in the selected sectors changed afer the enforcement of the Act to deepen the understanding and knowledge of the existng situaton. The two days consultaton was divided into interestng sessions with eminent scholars and practtoners from across the country and sectors. The Key Recommendatons from the consultaton were: • All organizatons need to have an efectve internal Policy that clearly defnes what sexual harassment is. All the employees should be informed of their responsibilites and rights in case of harassment • Train staf who will be investgatng complaints to handle them sensitvely and in accordance with the procedures • Employee awareness sessions on Sexual Harassment should be included as a part of on-the-job trainings of both the new recruits as well as the existng staf • Mandatory sensitzatons programs for- a. Employers b. employees and c. members of the commitee • There should be Awareness within the organizaton regarding the ICC and rights and dutes of the employees • Facts of pseudonymous and anonymous complaint need to be taken into account • The redressal with regard to domestc workers need to be elaborated in the Act • Need for MOU’s to include all employers whether part-tme or on contract within the ambit of this law • Transparency on every side: from all stakeholders is required

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20 Annu Al RepoR t 2014–2015 • The Ministry of Labour and Employment needs to be involved and take responsibility along with the Ministry of Women and Child as labour laws are involved • The issue of Safety of women need to be added in the Employee Service Book Rule Book etc and detailing needs to be done by each and every organizaton in the country • The Internal Complaints Commitee and the LCC required standardized modules or Standardized Operatng Procedures SOPs • Penaltes and Punishments needed to be spelt out and detailed

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21 Annu Al RepoR t 2014–2015 • Advocacy dialogues with diferent Government departments and their functonaries were initated by the NGO partners with regular support of WPC centrally. Social Welfare Minister in the Bihar Government Secretaries in the key social sector ministries in Madhya Pradesh District Legal Services Authority Chairperson of State Women’s Commission and Protecton of Child Rights in Jharkhand took part in the advocacy programs organized by the partners in the states to address and champion the issue of Child Marriage. • A leter was writen on 7 th January 2014 to Secretary Ministry of Panchayat Raj on the issue of “Preventng Child Marriage through Panchayat Raj Insttutons.” • As a result of vigorous advocacy eforts of WPC partner Mahila Chetna Manch. MCM and follow up with the Ministry of Women and Child Development the Government of MP launched a program LADO for girl child empowerment on similar lines as to the ongoing FORD- WPC Project actvites by MCM. As result of the news published in newspapers and workshops in colleges students also joined MCM voluntarily to stop child marriages. • WPC fled 26 RTI’s on 26 th March 2014 to various Departments of Women and Child Development to get informaton for the research on Child Marriage. • WPC collaborated with natonal and state level networks on the issue of Child Marriage. Diferent leters were sent to various departments of Women and Child Development with the help of the Natonal Mission on Empowerment for Women NMEW to fll the questonnaires on Child Marriage for ongoing research. • On 27 th March 2014 block level meetng was organized by Chetna Vikas in Deoghar District Jharkhand Smt. Prabha Paliwal from Women and Child Development Department of the state atended the meetng and discussed about child marriage causes and consequences of child marriage and the ways of curbing child marriage. • One day meetngs with Child Welfare Commitee Juvenile Justce Board members Public Prosecutors and Judiciary was organized by GENVP in Bihar Sharif in Nalanda on 21 st May 2014 discussing on the alarming situaton of child marriage early pregnancy and the vulnerable and critcal situaton of girls and women in the district. • The President of Mahila Chetna Manch MCM wrote a leter to Chief Secretary Government of MP requestng him to issue instructons that ofcers verifying the age of girls for marriage purposes should mandatorily look at the Aanganwadi entry slip the school admission slip and birth registraton certfcates wherever available. In cases where these are not available the recourse should be made to get a medical certfcate from the DMO and not otherwise. • An interface meetng between taskforce/ watch dog groups with Government ofcials media and police was organized at Chandi block in Nalanda on 20 th June 2014. • Leters were writen to Hon’ble Ministers of Human Resource Development Women Child Development and Panchayat Raj on the urgent need for addressing the issue of Child Marriage on 26 th June 2014. ADVOCACY INITIATIVES BY WPC AND PARTNERS ADVOCACY INITIATIVES

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22 Annu Al RepoR t 2014–2015 • One day workshop with teachers principal and school authorites were organized in Bapu High School in Chandi block Nalanda on 5 th August 2014. • Our partner Badlao Foundaton organized a State level workshop on 22 nd September 2014 in Jarmundi Block Dumka District of Jharkhand. The workshop was organized for developing a monitoring and evaluaton strategy for implementaton of the child marriage preventon act. 41 representatves from Panchayat Raj Insttutons task force members NGO’s CBO’s atended the workshop. • On 24 th of December 2014 a district level orientaton on developing strategies to curb child marriages in the district of Deoghar Jharkhand was organized by WPC’s partner Chetna Vikas along with the Juvenile Justce Board and Child Welfare Commitees. • The State level Workshop on “Empowering girls by Addressing Child Marriage” was organized at Amrapali Hall Patna by WPC project partner GENVP on 26 th December 2014.

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23 Annu Al RepoR t 2014–2015 IMPORTANT MEETINGS ATTENDED BY WPC S.No. Date Organisaton Purpose 1 15th April 2014 Swaasthya ‘Paayal Ki Jhankaar -Swaasthya’s Capacity Building Program for Adolescent Peer Leaders 2 16th April 2014 ISSST Meetng on " Migraton Implicatons on Gender Equity 3 4/22/2014 Care Emphasis Media consultaton by care emphasis 4 4/23/2014 CWDS One to one advocacy meetng care emphasis projects. 5 1st May 2014 SRUTI One to One Advocacy meetng for emphasis project with partners 6 1st May 2014 Natonal Alliance for Labour Rights NALR Labour Day Internatonal Programme on unorganized Sector labour issues discussion sharing of Emphasis work 7 6th – 7th May 2014 Oxfam India European Union Workshop on Efectve Research for Development Practces 8 5/20/2014 - 5/21/2014 M E Workshop by ISST Part of Monitoring Evaluaton workshop by ISST 9 6th and 7th June 2014 Ranchi NMEW and CREA and WPC ‘State Level experience sharing on approaches processes and challenges faced in strengthening implementaton of laws on domestc violence and child marriage’ in Ranchi Jharkhand 10 2nd July 2014 CREA Workshop on "Gender Sexuality and Sexual Health" 11 5th July 2014 ANHAD Conclave on Economy Peace Security Idea of India conclave 12 7/17/2014 Airtel Half Marathon Meetng of Airtel half Marathon 13 22nd July 2014 UNFPA UN WOMEN Launching of study of sex Ratos Gender Biased sex selecton: History Debate future directons 14 23rd July 2014 UNFPA UN WOMEN Advisory commitee meetng to discuss on the research study by WPC NMEW 15 5th August 2014 PLD De- Briefng Indians response to CEDAW comments 16 5th August 2014 IWPC Meetng to Plan for the demonstraton of the Gaza- Istaelias confict 17 7th August 2014 PSI Presentaton of Project Proposal “Efectvely Addressing violence against women in Delhi NCR” 18 9th August 2014 WPC /Jantar Mantar WPC partcipated along with 40 Organizatons staged in support of the Gaza people against the Israeli humanitarian killings 19 11th August 2014 ADR Meetng to discuss the partcipaton of Mr. Anil Verma in the FES event 20 11th August 2014 Care India Meetng of audit panel on Addressing Financial Issues arising for Care Emphasis WPCs Response to Care Team 21 12th August 2014 HAQ HAQs Natonal Consultaton on Child Marriage IMPORTANT MEETINGS

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24 Annu Al RepoR t 2014–2015 S.No. Date Organisaton Purpose 22 16th August 2014 Jamia Prof. Farida Khanam Meetng and Discussion on Muslim womens Rights under the Oxfam property Rights 23 27th August 2014 Girls Count PCPNDT - Civil Society Report card on Current structure state of statuary mechanism 24 28th August 2014 American Embassy Meetng with NGO partners working on Violence against Women Zeman voices of Men 25 29th August 2014 The American Center Auditorium An Informatve and Entertaining Mult Media Play on Men role in Sexual assault Domestc Violence Sexual Harrassment 26 5th – 6th September 2014 FES- Friedrich-Ebert-Stfung Workshop on “The Sexual Harassment of Women at WorkplacePreventon Prohibiton and Redressal Act 2013” at The Ocean Pearl Retreat 27 8th Sept 2014 FES Natonal Consultaton on Safety of Women at Workplace in context of the Sexual Harassment Act 2013 28 17th Sept 2014 Anhad Meetng on Visual Communicaton strategies for Csos- to reach out to larger audience 29 22nd Sept 2014 CSR Meetng of Surrogacy in India Recommendaton for ART Bill 2013 30 14th October 2014 Ministry of Minority Afairs GoI Meetng on “Ageing Minority women” 31 25th – 28th October 2014 FES- Friedrich-Ebert-Stfung Training of Trainer- Gender Responsive Budgetng 32 29th October 2014 American Minister for Public Afairs House Meetng on Gender VAW with Dr. Monaya Smithsovian Insttute U.S.A 33 5th November 2014 Oxfam COE Dialogue on Monitoring Evaluaton at IIC 34 10th November 2014 UNFPA ICRW Global Symposium Release of study on Masculinity Intmate Partner violence IPV Son preferences at INC 35 17th November 2014 CSR Discussion on Buying 20+ parallel event 36 26th November- 2nd December 2014 FORD Foundaton Evaluaton visit to the Field M.P. - Rajgarh Sehore 37 27th November 2014 Britsh High Commission Atending on Politcal discussion of Britsh Commission to atend great Debate 2014 38 28th November – 1st December 2014 Mahila Chetna Manch Monitoring Visit and End line assessment undertaken by WPC team member and consultant 39 28th November 2014 IP Global Discussion on CSW 59th Event 40 1st December 2014 Oxfam India Planning for youth mobilizaton with Miranda college in an exchange program in Jan 15 41 4th-5th December 2014 Insttute of economic growth Agriculture Innovaton in Indian Agriculture 42 9th December 2014 India Internatonal Center Stree Shakt - The Parallel Force and UNDP Unifed Voice for Gender Equality

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25 Annu Al RepoR t 2014–2015 S.No. Date Organisaton Purpose 43 8th December - 9th December 2014 Chetna Vikas Monitoring Visit and End line assessment undertaken by WPC team member and consultant at Deoghar Jharkhand 44 8th – 9th December 2014 Oxfam India Workshop for partners on Social Media Infuencing South Asia 45 10th December 2014 India Internatonal Center Lawyers Collectve Britsh High Commission Book Release 46 6th – 13rd December 2014 Chetna Vikas Badlao foundaton GENVP Evaluaton visit to the feld in Bihar Jharkhand 47 29th December 2014 Girls Count Meetng with Rizwan Disha Suggeston and feedback forum Girls Count on the NMEW research study 48 8th – 9th January 2015 India Habitat Centre People’s Initatve CBGA Natonal Consultaton on “Union Budget 2015-16” 49 9th January 2015 India Habitat Centre Cofee for a cause: Cause Because Discussions with top CSR heads on Fundraising for NGOs - Full day workshop 50 14th January 2014 India Habitat Centre Youth voices for Beijing +20 Natonal Consultaton 51 16th January 2014 Breakthrough UNFPA Think Tank meetng on Gender-Biased Sex Selecton 52 21st January 2015 UN Women Equity Focused Gender responsive Evaluaton on 53 28th – 30th January 2015 Hotel Africa Avenue PSI workshop Wajood program 54 6th February 2015 PSI Ofce Kalkaji Meetng with PSI the other Wajood Partners 55 16-18th February 2015 OXFAM Finance Conference for all partner of Oxfam 56 24th -26th March 2015 Oxfam India Partner Meet Agriculture learning meetng in Finalizing Future Agriculture strategy for Oxfam India Partner Organizaton

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26 Annu Al RepoR t 2014–2015 Major Activities and Events organized From April 2014 to March 2015 S.No Actvity Supported By Partners Date and Venue 1 Launch of “Impact of Government initatves on enhancing value of girls” for Tamil Nadu NMEW CASSA-TN 28th March 2014 2 Exposure visit of task force members to Breakthrough’s feld WPC Badlao Foundaton and Chetna Vikas 3rd April-4th April Ranchi and Hazaribagh in Jharkhand. 3 Legal Consultaton on Cross Border Migraton in India Ford Foundaton ChetnaVikas 13th August 2013 Deoghar Jharkhand 4 State Level Consultaton on Strengthening Implementaton of Laws on Domestc Violence Child Marriage in Ranchi WPC CREA NMEW 6-7th June 2014 5 Workshop on “Exploring Policy and Programmatc Spaces for Increasing Women Farmers’ Access to and Control over Land” Oxfam India 13-14th June 2014 in Zorba the Buddha New Delhi. 6 “Vocabulary of Change: Gender and Youth in Politcs” Friedrich-Ebert- Stfung FES 21st August 2014 at CTI Conference Room JMI New Delhi 7 Natonal Consultaton on safety of women at workplace in context of the sexual harassment act 2013 FES FES 8th and 9th Sep 2014 and The Ocean Pearl Retreat Chatarpur 8 A Talk on “Islamic Feminism: A Contradicton In Terms” FES and Pol. Science department JMI Department of Politcal Science JMI on 30th September 2014 9 A Discussion on “Women Economic Rights: Land Property and Inheritance in India” Oxfam India and Australia Aid 20th November 2014 at Jamia Millia Islamia 10 “Launch of Wajood Program: Efectvely Addressing Violence Against Women in Delhi NCR” PSI WPC 12th March 2015

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27 Annu Al RepoR t 2014–2015 WPC GOVERNING BODY Dr. Ranjana Kumari Chairperson Dr. Vibhut Patel President Ms. Gouri Choudhury Treasurer Ms. Anju Sinha Member Eastern Region Ms. Benita Sharma Member Northern Region Ms. Bimla Chandrashekar Member Southern Region Ms. G. Rashmi Member Southern Region Ms. Hasina Kharbhih Member North – East Region Ms. Indrani Sinha Member Eastern Region Sr. Jyot Chety Member Northern Region Ms. Nandita Konwar Member North – East Region Dr. N. Hamsa Member Northern Region Dr. Nirmala Buch Member Western Region Ms. Rekha Mody Member Northern Region Ms. Tara Sharma Member Northern Region Names of Partner Organisaton • All India Democratc Women’s Associaton AIDWA • All India Democratc Writers Associaton • All India Mahila Congress • All India Progressive Women’s Associaton AIPWA • All India Students’ Federaton JNU • All India Women’s Conference • ANHAD • BAHAI ofce of Public Afairs • BGVS • Care India • Centre for Community Economics and Development Consultants Society CECODECON Rajasthan • Chetna Vikas-Jharkhand • EKTA-Tamil Naidu • Ford Foundaton • Girls Not Brides • Guild of Service • Himmat Mahila Smooh- Haryana

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28 Annu Al RepoR t 2014–2015 • Haryana Nav Yuvak Kala Sangam HNYKS Haryana • Hope for the Sufering • Insttute for Social Development ISD- Odisha • Integrated Development Foundaton IDF - Bihar • Jagori • Joint Women’s Programme JWP • Mahila Rajsata Andolan MRA - Maharashtra • Ms. Malathi Subramanium- Independent Researcher • Ms. Sunila Singh- Independent Consultant • Ms. Usha Mehra- Author • Natonal Federaton of Indian Women • Natonal Mission Empowerment for Women NMEW • Oxfam India • PRIA • Rajasthan University Women’s Associaton RUWA • Stree Shakt • The Hunger Project • The Young Citzen of India- Gujarat • Vasavya Maliya Mandali VMM -Andhra Pradesh • Water Aid • Young Women’s Christan Associaton YWCA WPC SECRETARIAT STAF Ms. Radhika Khajuria Programme Director Ms. Rachna Shanbog Programme Coordinator Ms. Ritu kharayat Programme Coordinator Ms. Lily Saini Project Coordinator Ms. Aliya Tabasum Project Coordinator Ms. Lucia Cerquetella Resource Mobilizaton and Communicaton Ofcer Ms. Parul Sethi Project Coordinator Ms. Shilpi Singh Project Coordinator Mr. Lalit Singh Katariya Accounts Ofcer Ms. Lucky Verma Admin Assistant Mr. Sandeep Mishra Admin Assistant Mr. Sonu Kumar Ofce Assistant

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29 Annu Al RepoR t 2014–2015 Interns during the reportng period Mansi Tripathi Monika Kumari Tiwari Rashmi Lohani Ishita Ashima Phadiyal Ruchira Kumar Member Communicaton Membership Values WPC Members add diversity at multple levels which is a cornerstone to the organizaton’s existence and functoning. WPC members are dedicated to achieving gender equality sustainable development and women’s rights across the country and help in achieving one of the missions of WPC which is to be a Natonal level representatve body for building a sustaining community of vibrant members to work towards advancement of women in India.

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30 Annu Al RepoR t 2014–2015 List of Member Communication Month Date of Member Communicaton Content of Member Communicaton April 2014 10 Ahimsa Messenger Training Programme Natonal Mission for Empowerment of Women NMEW June 2014 02 “Measures for Ensuring the safety of Women and Programmes for Gender Sensitzaton on Campus: University Grants Commission” 09 “Call for proposal – for Partnership Involvement to Strengthen Girl’s Partcipaton in Secondary Educaton with Student Partnership Worldwide India Project Trust” 26 “Advocacy Toolkit: Infuencing the Post- 2015 Development Agenda” July 2014 10 “Free Massive Open Online Course on Preventon of Sexual Harassment at the Workplace” 24 “Sex Ratos and Gender Biased Sex Selecton: History Debates and Future Directons” December 2014 03 Launch of the India NGO Awards 2014-15 on 17th December India Internatonal Centre January 2015 16 One day Training on Corporate Fundraising – Engaging Companies on CSR on 4th February 2015 March 2015 10 India’s refusal to co-sponsor the frst ever global resoluton for eliminaton and preventon of of forced child marriages.

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31 Annu Al RepoR t 2014–2015 ANNUAL STATEMENT OF ACCOUNTS 2014-2015 ACCOUNTS STATEMENT

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