WPC Annual Report 2015-2016

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With a membership of over 1,400 individuals and NGOs, across the country, WPC has the competence to engage at multiple levels with capacity building, policy interventions and reaching out to the community on various issues pertaining to women. I am pleased to share with you the hard work which the WPC team together.


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Annual Report 2015-2016 1 1 ANNUAL REPORT 2015-2016 WomenPowerConnect

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Annual Report 2015-2016 2 2

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Annual Report 2015-2016 3 3 Index Contents From the desk of the Chairperson............................................................................................................ 5 Message from the President .................................................................................................................... 7 About WomenPowerConnect .................................................................................................................. 9 Activities undertaken by WPC and Partners ........................................................................................... 10  Ford Foundation: ‘Empowering Girls by addressing Child Marriage’ .......................................... 10  OXFAM INDIA: ‘Ensuring women’s access to control over land’ .................................................. 16  National Mission for Empowerment of Women NMEW: ‘The Impact of Government Initiatives on Enhancing Value of Girls’ .............................................................................................................. 20  Population Services International PSI: “Triumph of Courage - Effectively Addressing Violence against Women in Delhi-NCR Region” ................................................................................................ 27  Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung FES: Genderlogue ............................................................................... 34 Other Activities done by WPC ................................................................................................................ 36 1. UN Consultation which involved all the partners of WPC from across the states on ‘Prevention of Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace: Strategy Meeting on Implementing the Law and Role of the Civil Society’. ............................................................................................................................... 36 2. Capacity Building Training on ‘Prevention of Sexual Harassment at Workplace’ on 4 th of November 2015 ................................................................................................................................. 37 3. Capacity Building Training on ‘Prevention of Sexual Harassment at Workplace’ on 11 th of March 2016. This training was attended by the mid-level officials of the Ministry of Defense. ...... 37 4. Women’s Group Gathering on 1 st of December 2015 ................................................................. 38 5. Silent March on 23 rd December 2015 ...................................................................................... 39 6. Letter to the Hon’ble Minister Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs New Delhi ........................... 40 Important Meetings attended by WomenPowerConnect ....................................................................... 41 Major Activities and Events organized From April 2015 to March 2016 .................................................. 50 WomenPowerConnect’s Governing Body .............................................................................................. 55 Names of Organisations WPC worked with are as follows: .................................................................... 56 LIST OF INTERNS .................................................................................................................................... 57 Member Communication....................................................................................................................... 57 List of Member Communication ............................................................................................................ 58 Annual Statement of Accounts 2014-2015 ............................................................................................. 61

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Annual Report 2015-2016 4 4 WPC in News ......................................................................................................................................... 63 Links of other News Clippings are as follows: ......................................................................................... 64

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Annual Report 2015-2016 5 5 From the desk of Chairperson Dr. Ranjana Kumari Chairperson WPC Dear Friends Greetings from WomenPowerConnect In the year 2015-2016 WPC worked on five broad issues. The five areas which WPC worked on this year are as follows:  Firstly WPC organised dialogues on Gender and other related issues in colleges of Delhi/NCR for students.  Secondly WPC continued with its work on enhancing leadership skills through capacity building trainings for women farmers in the states of Uttar Pradesh and Odisha in order to address the deep rooted problem of women being denied equal land rights in India.  Thirdly WPC organized a state level advocacy workshop in Tamil Nadu in order to assess the impact of government initiatives on enhancing the value of girls in Madurai. Later the research was submitted to the National Mission for Empowerment of Women.  Fourthly WPC organized three state level consultations on child marriage and its links with violence against women missing children gender budgeting in three states of Madhya Pradesh Jharkhand and Bihar.  Fifthly this year WPC became part of the PSI supported “Project Wajood” and focused on mapping the support services available for the victims of Domestic Violence as well as effectively addressing the issue of sexual harassment at workplace through workshops with the corporate organizations of Delhi/ NCR In addition WPC was actively involved in other activities which form part of its core mandate – lobbying for enactment of the Women’s Reservation Bill and networking with its members.

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Annual Report 2015-2016 6 6 With all these activities it has been quite a hectic and successful year for WPC. The Annual Report will outline the progress of each of the five activities in details. Thank You With Best Wishes Dr. Ranjana Kumari Chairperson WPC

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Annual Report 2015-2016 7 7 From the desk of President Dr. Vibhuti Patel President WPC Dear Friends Greetings from WomenPowerConnect I am delighted to share with you WPC’s Annual Report for the year 2015-2016. It is a pleasure to see WPC grow and expand its network of members. WPC’s core strength is its network of members and hence maintaining constant communication with our members and developing the capacity to work with our members all over India is a goal WPC strives for. With a membership of over 1400 individuals and NGOs across the country WPC has the competence to engage at multiple levels with capacity building policy interventions and reaching out to the community on various issues pertaining to women. I am pleased to share with you the hard work which the WPC team together has put in to complete two projects successfully this year namely i ‘Empowering Girls by addressing the issues of Child Marriage in Madhya Pradesh Jharkhand and Bihar’ and ii ‘Impact of Government Initiative in enhancing the value of girls in Madurai’. This year also marked the beginning of Project Wajood. Under this project WPC’s objectives include organizing corporate workshops in Delhi/NCR on ‘Effectively addressing Sexual Harassment at Workplace’ mapping of support services available to the survivors of domestic violence strengthening of the Internal Complaint’s Committee of corporate workplaces and organizing a National level convergence consultation in Delhi for stakeholder working on DV/IPV. Our organization is strong and vibrant and together we will continue our efforts to uphold a gender-just society by ensuring human dignity gender equality and building a promising future for the women of India. We are faced with massive challenges in terms of securing adequate representation for women in the legislative assemblies of state governments and

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Annual Report 2015-2016 8 8 the Parliament of India translating gender commitments into financial commitments through gender responsive budgets growing incidents of DV/IPV sexual harassment at the workplace and stopping the declining child sex ratio. United efforts by women’s groups are the need of the hour in order to mobilise public opinion on these crucial concerns. Thank You With Best Wishes Dr. Vibhuti Patel President

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Annual Report 2015-2016 9 9 About WomenPowerConnect WomenPowerConnect WPC is a national level organization of women’s groups and individuals working together for formalizing the process of legislative coordination. WomenPowerConnect was registered as an independent body on February 22 2005 under the Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860 vide registration number 51796 of 2005. It has 1400 individual and institutional members across the country. The core idea of WPC is to bring activists and social thinkers on a common platform so that we can collectively work towards better legislative coordination. Our activities are aimed at influencing legislators and policy makers to frame gender-friendly policies which impact women positively. A national level advocacy body was needed to bridge the gap between grassroots activism and policy outcomes. WPC arose as a unified voice for women’s organizations. WPC effectively and systematically advocates women’s issues to the Indian parliament and government. The vision with which WPC works is to create a world where women realize their full potential to live with dignity and freedom of choice. In order to be able to achieve the above mentioned visions and goals WPC aims at creating an alliance of organizations and individuals working with special focus on issues relating to women’s empowerment. It is through this alliance that we will be able to impact the policy makers. The stronger the alliance the stronger will be the influence on the legislature to enhance constitutional rights of women. This would help us in initiating a dialogue at the regional national and international level to voice our concerns. WPC has successfully completed projects with the support of a number of organizations. The key supporting organizations and the names of the projects for the year 2015-2016 are: Friedrich EbertStiftung FES-“Genderlogue”

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Annual Report 2015-2016 10 10 Oxfam- Women’s Access to Control over Land’ National Mission Empowerment of Women NMEW Development-“Impact of Government Initiatives of Enhancing the Value of Girl Child” FORD Foundation –“Empowering Girls by addressing Child Marriage” Population Services International PSI – “Project Wajood” Activities undertaken by WPC and Partners  Ford Foundation: ‘Empowering Girls by addressing Child Marriage’ Introduction: The objective of the Project ‘Empowering Girls by Addressing the issue of Child Marriage’ which started from the year 2012 and continued till 2015 had as its focus implementation of new strategies to eliminate Child Marriage in the focused states of the project i.e. Bihar Madhya Pradesh and Jharkhand. WomenPowerConnect collaborated with various national and state level networks on this pertinent issue of prevention of child marriage. Activities undertaken on the third and final year of the Project are as follows:  On 13th-14th May 2015 a Two Day National Consultation on ‘Empowering Girls by Addressing Child Marriage in India’ was conducted by WPC and other partners which

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Annual Report 2015-2016 11 11 provided a national platform for CSOs Government Officials Representatives of Legal Department UN to brainstorm on the issue of Child Marriage its prevention and best practices. The main thrust of the consultation was to bring together the varied stakeholders from across the country on the same platform so that we can come out with solutions. This Consultation also provided an interface between the local and community level people including young girls and boys from the three Project states and the policy makers to accurately highlight the present situation and strategize for the way forward.  During the year 2015 demands from WPC partners of these three states i.e. Jharkhand Madhya Pradesh and Bihar were raised to include other interrelated topics that should be incorporated while addressing the issue of Child Marriage at the State Level. The Bihar partner especially insisted that for effective advocacy a gender budgeting perspective was essential for which capacity building was required at the state level. Therefore the Gender budgeting perspective was woven into the advocacy discussions in all the three states. The Advocacy Consultation in Jharkhand Ranchi on ‘Empowering Girls to address the issue of Child Marriage and its linkage with Domestic Violence and Trafficking of Women and Girls was held on 10th and 11th September 2015 in Madhya Pradesh Bhopal the State Level Advocacy Consultation was on ‘Empowering Girls to Address

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Annual Report 2015-2016 12 12 Child Marriage and Violence against Women and Children in Madhya Pradesh’ which was held on 15th and 16th of September 2015 and in Bihar Patna the State Level Advocacy Consultation on ‘Empowering Girls to address the issue of Child Marriage and its linkage with Domestic Violence and Gender Budgeting’ was held on 23rd and 24th of September 2015. In these Consultations WPC’s implementing partners Badlao Foundation and Chetna Vikas from Jharkhand Mahila Chetna Manch from Madhya Pradesh and GENVP Gramin Evam Nagar Vikas Parishadfrom Bihar sought to include the Situational Analysis Strategies Challenges as well as Legal Framework and Systems and thereby devise an Advocacy Action Plan with a focus on Girl Child Marriage and linkages with Domestic Violence Trafficking of Women and Girls Missing Girls Child Rights and Gender Budgeting. The meetings in Ranchi Bhopal and Patna had participation of about 80-100 people from different districts of each of these states. Government representatives academicians and representatives from CSOs NGOs INGOs and UN agencies were present as panelists and shared their perspectives in all these consultations. The meetings provided a unique opportunity especially for those coming from the districts and villages to interact on the above mentioned issues the policies and schemes related to child marriage including brainstorming on the challenges and strategizing a way forward.  WPC secured the support of UN Women to inter link advocacy on child and early marriage with violence against girls to initiate state level dialogue with government bodies within the overall perspective of gender responsive budgeting in 2015.

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Annual Report 2015-2016 13 13 The primary outcomesand learning’sof these advocacy consultations were as follows:  Partnerships were build and strengthened on advocacy efforts on empowering the Girl Child  Strategies were formulated and an action plan devised for addressing state specific gender issues  Interaction with state governments and other bodies with a view to take concerted action for effective and meaningful implementation of gender policies for combating child marriage  Promotion of entrepreneurship among girls support system for the protection of women and for enhancing their employment opportunity and making them aware of their legal rights  Promotion and inclusion of gender responsive budgeting for achieving gender mainstreaming at the state level.  Ensuring participation of children in Gram Sabha will especially help to strengthen School Management Committees to prevent corporal punishment.  There is a need for awareness generation through community leaders and government officials.  Involving prominent people from the community like local leaders sarpanch teachers etc.  Sensitizing local workers like AWWs ASHA Workers ANMs teachers media youth Both Boys and Girls and PRI members etc. on issue of child marriage and interlinked issues.  The involvement of the relevant government and the judicial departments at the state level consultations has increased in the last one year. Social Welfare Minister in the Bihar government Ms. Parveen Amanullah Secretaries in the key ministries in Madhya Pradesh the judiciary bodies such as the District Legal Services Authority Chairperson of State Women’s Commission Chairperson of the State Commission for Protection of Child Rights in Jharkhand were all part of the programs organized by the partners in the state.  WPC on 2nd August met up with the new Chairperson National Commission for Protection of Child Rights NCPCR and shared about the role of NCPCR in ending child

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Annual Report 2015-2016 14 14 marriage in the country. Thereafter on 23rd August in a letter to the government the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights NCPCR has said that release of grant of Rs 30000 to all minority girls who have passed class X must be de-linked with "marriage" and instead be used to encourage girls to continue education. This was in response to a scheme of the state government for matriculate minority girls which encourages child marriage.  With regard to the increased efforts and interventions by the concerned Government departments the organization did make some progress at the national level through its advocacy strategies whereby WPC signed the charter of collaboration with NMEW to jointly work towards the implementation of the PCM Act in the project areas. The organization conducted sustained advocacy with the Ministry of Women and Child Development and state departments to ensure the effective implementation of the PCMA 2006.  At the state level the Women’s Commission and the SCPCR in the three states have taken notice of this issue in their respective states and have supported to work with the local NGOs in preventing child marriage in their states.  With reference to the goal of increasing the network’s capacity the work that was carried out in all the three project years has facilitated the NGO Partners their network partners in the state and district to integrate this issue in their interventions.  The efforts to improve and create an enabling environment can be seen through increased awareness and capacity of the stakeholders with respect to the issue of child marriage the ill effects of it on an adolescent’s sexual and reproductive health the rules in the state and the PCM Act. This was experienced during the monitoring visits by WPC staff to the community where task force members showed a lot of interest in wanting to know more and were asking questions on how to deal with certain challenges they face in their daily lives.  The capacity training that was imparted to youth frontline workers and Panchayat members has given them the confidence among other things to question the families where there is child marriage happening and also report/share about it to the project team members. Marriages have been stopped by project team members in the state of Madhya Pradesh.

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Annual Report 2015-2016 15 15  With regard to the drop out of girl children there have been cases where members of the youth groups have encouraged the peer group members to continue studying and also made efforts to talk to the family members.  Regular meetings in schools and follow-ups by the WPC partners in all these three states increased the rate of enrolment of children in the schools. School contact programmes had created a positive impact in the parents and among the community members to motivate them to ensure continuation of girls for higher education. Teachers from the high school and pre university colleges were motivated and they volunteered time to conduct awareness programmes. The teachers provided counseling support to the girls who faced social and family pressures to get married or discontinue their education. The school outreach was mainly targeted for the girls and boys of class 8th 9th and 10th.  WPC filed 26 RTI’s on 26thMarch 2014 to various Departments of Women and Child Development to get information for its research on the Child Marriage issue. However after rigorous follow-ups WPC received 20 replies from the various departments. We have come up with a situational analysis paper from the information collected through the RTIs. This was prepared and released among other documents like Four Advocacy Briefs Child Marriage Report and Empowering Girls by Addressing Child Marriage- a Situational Analysis Empowering Girls- Endline Project Report and Resource Directory which was documented and prepared by eminent dignitaries in the National Consultation that took place in May 2015.  Key policy makers at the state and national level were sensitized and reached through various consultations and meetings at the state and national level. For example at the Jharkhand State Level Consultation on Strengthening Implementation of Laws on Domestic Violence and Child Marriage in collaboration with the National Mission for Empowerment of Women the partners and stakeholders got an opportunity to share their experiences on the issue of domestic violence and child marriage in front of them.  Cross learning from the work done by other Ford Partners such as CREA and Breakthrough was an enriching experience for the WPC’s youth groups in the field.  WPC provided the platform whereby various diverse stakeholders working on the issue of child marriage were brought together to build powerful consensus on key issues and

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Annual Report 2015-2016 16 16 ways to address early marriage in order to feed into existing policies and programmes at both the National and State Level to empower young girls to provide an interface between parliamentarians and youth leaders including inspiring role models of girls from across the country highlight best practices and model programmes and campaigns on prevention of child marriage in India. The stakeholders included representatives of the Government UN as well as from the CSOs NGOs and INGOs including legal representatives academicians and heads of organizations. The National Consultation on ‘Empowering Girls by Addressing Child Marriage in India’ in New Delhi is a good example of this.  State Level multi stakeholder Advocacy Consultations were also organized in order to build a strong action plan on the issue of child marriage but deepen the future work in terms of sustainability by focusing on the linkage with domestic violence and trafficking of women and girls in the case of Jharkhand linkage with the issues of violence against women and children in the case of Madhya Pradesh And in the case of Bihar Patna -to empowering Girls by addressing the issue of Child Marriage and it’s linkage with Domestic violence and Gender Budgeting.  OXFAM INDIA: ‘Ensuring women’s access to control over land’ In spite of being major contributors in the agriculture sector and rural economy dismal numbers of women have land holdings. Women farmers and female agriculture workers are subjected to gender-based discrimination and inequities such as negligible access to and control of land and assets limited access to water farming inputs seeds breeds farm tools and equipment sustainable fertilizers and pesticides extension services and training and credit and financial services. The constraints and challenges faced by them remain unaddressed in agricultural policy strategies and programmes. This in turn has negative impact on the agriculture sector itself as women farmers continue to work in adversities and with minimal support. Along with these concerns South Asian women also face range of social and gender issues such as forced and early marriage denial of basic rights like health and education gender-based violence. Within this context during this year WomenPowerConnect with the support of OXFAM-India worked towards building and strengthening the people’s movement for pro-women farmer policy

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Annual Report 2015-2016 17 17 and programmes that are aimed to address the deep-rooted problem of women farmers and women at large being denied equal land and property rights in India. During the programme period 2015-2016 Women Power Connect continued building on its past work of alliance building and on creating awareness about women farmers’ significant role in national economy and giving them their due recognition. In this endeavor WPC collaborated with MAKAAM an alliance of more than 65 organisations that work with women farmers across the country. WomenPowerConnect under the Oxfam project supported “RASHTRIYA MAHILA KISAN SAMMELAN” National Convention of Women Farmers which was jointly organized by Mahila KisanAdhikaar Manch MAKAAM Department of Agriculture Government of Andhra Pradesh on 17 - 19 March 2016 at Bapatla Andhra Pradesh. The Convention covered various themes pertaining to women farmers including land rights commons ecological agriculture livestock rearing and pastoralism fisheries landless agricultural work forest resources value addition and processing women farmers’ institutions and women farmers’ roles within farmers’ movements. The Convention saw the participation of more than 100 delegates including women farmers academicians activists government officials and representatives of organisations working with women farmers’ collectives and sangathans from 20 states of India. The event entailed parallel sessions exhibitions and cultural programmes to meet its objectives and had most of its sessions in an interactive format that facilitated mutual learning. The significant impact of this collaboration has been coming out of the Baptala Declaration.  Women Farmer Leadership Training workshops WPC also collaborated with its state partners from Odisha to organize women farmer leadership training programme. While one of the Women Farmer Leadership Training workshops was held at Boipariguda Koraput from 14 – 16 January 2016 the other was held at Centre for Youth and Social Development Bhubaneswar on 21st-23rd March 2016. These trainings aimed at building the capacities of women farmers through nurturing self-affirming qualities such as self-respect

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Annual Report 2015-2016 18 18 and confidence in one’s own abilities. Because of the patriarchal mindset often women farmers’ hard work and their contribution to economy goes unacknowledged. Recognition and acknowledgement of one’s work and efforts often go long way in keeping the morale of women farmers. This further empowers them to assert their rights and entitlements and is better equipped to deal with any adversities they face. Therefore during each of these trainings the efforts of leaders among women farmers were recognized and they were felicitated during the training programmes. The programme also provided a safe space for women farmers to share and deliberate on several challenges faced by them in their course of work. Various experts took sessions with women farmers to disseminate knowledge on plethora of social and gender issues that concerned the latter such as land and inheritance rights asset ownership and gender based violence against women. These sessions were planned keeping in the mind that women farmers will be benefitted by information disseminated and will able to make informed choices in terms of accessing various schemes and services of the government. The sessions included issues on women’s access and control over resources laws and legal measures. The training leadership programme was a beginning of series of such leadership development programmes where women farmers will get opportunity to share their experiences. These trainings also reiterated the need for women farmers to collectivize at the district and village level to campaign for their rights and concern and advocate for policy and program changes. The participants shared that they see value in collectivization as through greater mobilization they would be able to address discrimination they face at individual levels but also will be able to contribute in making a more gender just society. Within this project WomenPowerConnect initiated mobilization and advocacy among urban youth on gender issues as a generic theme with special focus on women and their economic

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Annual Report 2015-2016 19 19 empowerment which included issues of single women other marginalized sexualities LGBT and women’s land and inheritance rights.  “Relationship between Gender Sexuality and Political Economy” on 16 th February 2016 The Department of Political Science Jamia Millia Islamia along with OXFAM India and Women Power Connect WPC organized a talk by Ms. Rituparna Borah and Ms. Ritambhara Mehta on “Relationship between Gender Sexuality and Political Economy” on 16 th February 2016. The talk explored the rights and violations of rights of third gender. It highlighted the negligence of state policies in protecting the rights of third gender LGBT. At the end of the talk students could see how the mainstream policies political legal social economic and programmes are essentially hetronormative and how a gender and sexuality lens can help broaden the scope of political legal social and economic policies and programmes.  ECOCRACY organized on 8th 9th March 2016 In a two-day event of the Department of Economics in Jamia Millia Islamia JMI WomenPowerConnect collaborated with the Department students and organized several events such as debates poster making competitions street plays and lectures on the issue of gender equality. In the poster making competition participants had to create simple expressive posters

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Annual Report 2015-2016 20 20 on either child trafficking or gender equality. A panel discussion was held with interactive discussion on "Equality debate- How far we have come" The panelists were Prof. Surajit Mazumdar Centre for Economic Studies and Planning School of Social Sciences Jawaharlal Nehru University Anil Bharadwaj Secretary General Federation of Indian Micro and Small Medium Enterprise FISME and N. Paul Divakar General Secretary National Campaign for Dalit Human Rights. This discussion brought light on the prevailing income disparities in the country the overall growth of the nation and why the“lowest income” band should be extended to cover all necessary basic needs. In the poster making competition participants had to create simple expressive posters on either child trafficking or gender equality.  National Mission for Empowerment of Women NMEW: ‘The Impact of Government Initiatives on Enhancing Value of Girls’ Introduction WomenPowerConnect with the support from National Mission for Empowerment an autonomous organization under Ministry of Women and Child Development conducted a research study on “Impact of Government Initiatives on Enhancing Value of Girls’ in Madurai Tamil Nadu. The objective of the research is reviewing the operational schemes namely Cradle Baby Scheme Sivagami Ammaiyar Ninaivu Girl Child Protection 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 financial incentives for the girl child provided through selected schemes have had any bearing on parental attitude and behavior with respect to the birth and care of girls.

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Annual Report 2015-2016 21 21 WPC identified Campaign against Sex Selection and Abortion CASSA as a local research team as it is based in Madurai. CASSA is a state-level campaign formed in 1998 consisting of social groups women’s organizations human rights groups advocates educationists researchers and professionals from various fields including doctors for the purpose of stopping the misuse of sex determination sex selection technologies and techniques in medical practices and implementing a multi-pronged strategy for preventing the declining child sex ratio in Tamil Nadu. This campaign is also against using invasive technology and medicalization of conception and pregnancy and commoditization and commercialization of women’s reproductive capacities. CASSA would play an integral role in contextualizing the research in the local settings of the specified district in Tamil Nadu. At the end of the research data would be generated which would assist the government in developing a more comprehensive National Strategy for Care and Protection of the Girl Child which would further the cause of addressing the adverse Child Sex Ratio in the country. OBJECTIVES  Analyze the component of the government schemes access and conceptual clarity and identify unintended negative consequences on women’s status.  Determine whether financial incentives for the girl child provided through selected schemes have had any bearing on parental attitude and behavior with respect to the birth and care of girls or has benefitting by the schemes devalued them. If so provide further recommendations for enhancing the impact of the existing schemes.  Assess the attitude and opinion of the policy implementers about the concerned scheme. The core research was based on as follows:

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Annual Report 2015-2016 22 22 Launching Special Schemes A. Marriage Assistance Scheme As economic reasons such as expense for education dowry and marriage of daughters were listed as contributing factors for people indulging in female infanticide in addition to social cultural and political factors the marriage assistance scheme for poor parents to get their daughters married was introduced by the Government of Tamil Nadu in 1989. The Scheme was called “Moovalur Ramamirtham Ammaiyar Ninaivu Marriage Assistance Scheme” named after the renowned Social Reformer Moovalur Ramamirtham Ammaiyar. It was launched on 3rd June 1989. The scheme was initially applicable to girls who studied up to eighth standard and attained the age of 18 years. Subsequently the educational qualification for availing of this assistance was raised to tenth standard so as to improve the educational status of the girls. The financial assistance which was Rs.5000 initially was raised to Rs.10000 from 21August 1996. The scheme was discontinued with effect from 1stApril 2002 and later revived on 3rd June 2006 with an enhanced assistance of Rs.15000 per beneficiary and in 2008 the assistance was again enhanced to Rs.20000. The financial support was enhanced on continuous basis and the current support is Rs.25000/- for girls who have completed 10th standard and Rs.50000/- for graduate and diploma holders along with 4 gms gold coin. B. Cradle Baby Scheme The Census Report of 1999 alarmed the Tamil Nadu Government as there was a sharp decline in the Child Sex Ratio CSR in the State and many districts in Tamil Nadu. Following consultations with UNICEF and NGOs the then Tamil Nadu Government in 1992 introduced two schemes called “Girl Child Protection Scheme” and “Cradle Baby Scheme”. The goal of the scheme was the total elimination of female infanticide by the year 2000. Cradle Baby Scheme was first introduced in Salem District as CSR in Salem District declined from 900 in 1981 to 849 in 1991 the lowest CSR in Tamil Nadu and the only district with CSR less than 900. In that period the CSR of Madurai District dipped to 918 from 970 in 1981.

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Annual Report 2015-2016 23 23 The cradle baby scheme allows the parents who were unwilling to bring up their female babies to abandon the babies in cradles located in different places called ‘cradle points’ or can surrender the babies to the District Collector District Social Welfare Officer or in adoption centers. The combination of media attention and repressive action against the practice of female infanticide led to the abandonment of a large number of babies in the cradles in Salem. In 1992 alone 77 girls were left in cradles in Salem District. Between 1992 and 1996 140 babies were placed in cradles under this Scheme. This scheme received no attention after the change of the Government in 1996. During the period from 1996 to 2001 only 10 new born were received under the Scheme. This Scheme was later extended during 2001 to Madurai Theni Dindigul and Dharmapuri as these districts were also found to be prone to this evil practice of female infanticide. Cradle points were started in the above districts with sufficient staff and infrastructure facilities including telephone lifesaving medicines medical equipment refrigerator and incubator. Cradles were also placed in the Public Places and Government Institutions. The District Social Welfare Office acts as a Reception Centre. The ‘Cradle Baby’ scheme has attracted significant amounts of criticism from civil society because it is seen as absolving parents of their responsibilities toward their daughters and of promoting son preference. Several times the scheme has been closed but then opened again due to reports of babies abandoned in unsafe places and increased infanticide. Renuka Chowdhury Minister for Women and Child Welfare Development in the Report submitted in 2007 on ‘Child Protection in the Eleventh Five Year Plan 2007-2012 has proposed to launch Cradle Baby Reception Centre in each district to reduce and check female feticide / infanticide. She proposed that the Shishu Grehas shall function as Cradle Baby Reception Centre. The detailed guidelines for setting up Shishu Grehas cum Cradle Baby Reception Centers and placing cradles at important locations were prepared. However it was not implemented due to criticism from public. C. Girl Child Protection Scheme The Girl Child Protection Scheme introduced by the then Hon’ble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu in 1992 was the pioneer of all Financial Assistance Scheme meant for girl children in the

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Annual Report 2015-2016 24 24 whole country. This scheme is valid only to eligible families in rural region. The scheme was intended to cover 20000 families every year. In Salem district 614 girls actually received this benefit over a period of 18 months. If a mother aged below 40 years without a male child undergoes sterilization after the first or second girl child Rs.3000/- or Rs.1500/- each in respect of single or two girl children respectively will be deposited in the name of the girl child in Transport Development Finance Corporation. This deposit shall be renewed once in five years upto the date the child attains 20 years of age. On maturity Rs.1500 would become Rs.20 000 and Rs.3000/- become Rs.40 000 and the amount will be disbursed to the beneficiary. This scheme was renamed in the year 2006 as Sivagami Ammaiyar Ninaivu Girl Child Protection Scheme in fond memory of the mother of the great leader K. Kamaraj. The objective of this scheme is to prevent female infanticide discourage preference for male child and to promote family planning. Now this scheme has been completely restructured to confer increased financial benefit to the girls belonging to poor families. Key findings 1. The Cradle Baby Scheme saved 1.3 per cent of the missing girls in Tamil Nadu in the period between 2001 and 2011 and saved 4 per cent of the missing girls in Madurai District in the period from 2005 to 2011. The scheme reiterates the belief system of the patriarchal society that the female infants can be unwanted. The scheme encourages the parents to abandon their unwanted newly born female infants just because they are born as females. The infant mortality of the children received under the Cradle Baby Scheme was almost five times when compared with the IMR of the State. Surrendered female children are mostly higher order births and male children are mostly having anomalies. 2. Positive change is observed in gender difference in Infant Mortality Rate and incidence of post birth elimination. However out of the 6 blocks taken up for the study CSR declined in three blocks and it was very sharp in 2 blocks. Of the six blocks the CSR was less than 900 in three blocks when analyzing the data in the three census periods. The analysis further proves that the pre-birth elimination contributes a lot for the skewed child sex ratio as the IMR and IMR Gender Difference is narrowing down. The

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Annual Report 2015-2016 25 25 study result reiterates the result of the existing study that the scheme uptake was limited till 2001 and uptake was sharper after 2001. Though the key purpose of the schemes is to eliminate the practice of female infanticide the beneficiaries of the schemes were mostly from the districts other than the infanticide prone districts. Though the assistance under the marriage scheme was raised and the income slab was raised significantly the numbers of beneficiaries are sloping down. The beneficiaries reiterated that it is not the scheme that encourages them to provide atleast upto high school level education to their daughters. About three fourth of the respondents opined that daughters are considered as burden and equated to expenditure as the tradition of giving dowry has expanded. 3. More than 90 per cent of the respondents opined that the honor of the family lies with the girl children and they need more protection to insulate from violence they should have restricted mobility and return home before the day gets dark. The impact of this attitude resulted in the increase in early marriages. About 60 per cent of the respondents and the non-beneficiaries of the schemes were against the right of the girls to inherit family property. The study brought out the lacunae in the schemes and difficulties encountered by the potential beneficiaries in availing the benefits of the schemes. The study also documented many critical issues which is not directly linked to the objectives of the study but need further study and to be addressed in different forums. 4. The study proved with supportive evidence that the post birth elimination of girls has reduced significantly. But it is replaced by the pre-birth elimination of daughters. The uptake of the scheme is not progressive. The scheme failed to alter the attitude towards girls and it is reflected in different forms. The spatial environment is not favorable to girls. Inheritance of property rights did not get local support. The scheme failed to impact a sustainable and long-term solution to have enhanced values towards girls and to attain gender equality. 5. The study concluded with the policy recommendations to address the issue of decline Child Sex Ratio son preference attitude violence against girls gendered socialization and gender discriminatory practices traditional stereotypical values gender responding budgeting and strict implementation of legislation pertaining to women and girls.

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Annual Report 2015-2016 26 26 Recommendations  A ‘National Policy for Girl Child’ should be formulated to protect the fundamental rights of the girl to be born survival development protection and participation considering the present and the future challenges to achieve gender equality. All the State should be directed to formulate their respective ‘State Policy for Girl Child’ in par with the guideline of the National Policy in the context of their geographical reality situation. The Policy should give direction to all legislation policies programmes and schemes directed at the girl child with the right perspectives.  All the Schemes that launched both by the Central and State Governments to protect the survival of the girl children should be reviewed. A comprehensive Girl Child Protection Scheme should be introduced incorporating the positives aspects which can be implemented either by the State or the Central Government. The Scheme Guideline for each scheme should be framed in vernacular language and make it available to public.  All the State Government should be instructed to take up Gender Budgeting Initiatives focusing on Gender-Responsive Budgeting to increase accountability participation and gender responsiveness. The Centre should ensure that Gender Budgeting Cells are formed in all Ministries / Departments in all the States.  The Cradle Baby Scheme should be scrapped as it violates many of the Child Rights Provisions enshrined in the National and International Instruments just because they are born as a girl. There are private and government institutions/homes/orphanages readily receiving the abandon children. The Cradle Baby Scheme encourages many parents to abandon their own daughters and to detest their responsibility in rearing their daughters.  Pre-Birth Elimination of female foetuses should be addressed with serious efforts as it contributes much for the declining Child Sex Ratio. The “Pre-conception and Pre-natal Diagnostic Techniques Prohibition of Sex Selection Act 1994 Amendments 2002” PCPNDT Act should be strictly implemented.  The State should ensure safe environment for the girls in the public places that incorporate gender sensitive urban/rural planning strengthening the infrastructure services public transport policing justice and support for the victims should be given priority to address the increasing trend of violence against girls and women.

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Annual Report 2015-2016 27 27  As formal school education is a means of socialization and social control the present curricula content and the gendered construction of knowledge should be reviewed and a more critical and pro-active approach to equality and empowerment of girls should be adopted to impart proper value system norms social practices and customs. Gender has to be recognized as a critical marker of transformation and must become an important principle in the curricular framework.  The school curriculum should include vocational skill training and life skill orientation to enhance the employability capability to take control of their lives critical thinking positive self-image and self-actualization.  Population Services International PSI: “Triumph of Courage - Effectively Addressing Violence against Women in Delhi-NCR Region” Introduction “Triumph of Courage - Effectively Addressing Violence against Women in Delhi-NCR Region” is name of the project under WomenPowerConnect – Population Services International ‘Project Wajood’. In this project WomenPowerConnect as one of the implementing partners focused on the following: Firstly on issue of Domestic and Intimate Partner Violence to provide a more enabling environment and increased access to updated information on quality comprehensive GBV services and support available for women and girls experiencing violence to seek legal redressal and support services they can trust. Secondly sensitization of Corporate Workplacesto address the importance to have a gender sensitive and employee friendly environment along with the need to address domestic violence and sexual harassment at workplace.

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Annual Report 2015-2016 28 28 The main objective of WAJOOD is to sensitize the different support services available for survivors of domestic violence transform the mind-set perspectives and gender norms among young girls and women men and boys and provide the survivors of violence with an enabling and positive environment. Objectives The following are the activities which were addressed during this year of under the project: Objective 1: To have updated information and analysis of services available for survivors of violence on gender based violence especially on DV/IPV relevant for the workplace Activity 1: WPC Wajood Advisory Group and Advisory Group Meetings Objective – As an important objective of the project “WPC Wajood Advisory Group” was formed. The group comprises of twenty stakeholders from diverse fields like lawyers UN representatives corporate and government representatives academicians civil society representatives Survivors of Violence etc. The group was entrusted with the responsibility of guiding the team with their valuable guidance recommendations ideas inputs suggestions and recommendations on resource directory mapping exercise and strategy to approach the corporates. As a part of the project Two Advisory Group Meetings were organized by WPC Team on 6 th July 2015 and 28 th January 2016 in New Delhi. Outcome – The meetings gave an opportunity to bring together stakeholders from diverse fields on one common platform to exchange their valuable ideas and inputs on the different issues discussed related to resource directory and its structure strategy to approach corporate sector etc. in the meeting. The meetings had a positive outcome as it

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Annual Report 2015-2016 29 29 helped the team in identifying possible strategies that could be adopted for making the project a success. Activity 2: Focused Group Discussion with Survivors of Domestic Violence Three Focused Group Discussions were conducted in the community with survivors of violence with respect to their experiences with support services and workplace. Action India Centre for Social Research Prayatn helped us organizing the FGD whose main aim was to access the experiences of survivors with respect to support services available for domestic violence survivors and also with respect to the workplace on 14 th August 2015 16 th October 2015 and 10 th December 2015 respectively. Outcome The major outcome of the FGD’s conducted with survivors of violence with respect to support services available to them and workplace are as follows: Firstly according to the survivors the there is a need to sensitize not just the support services available for Survivors of Violence but also there is a need to bring in a change of mind-set of people and society. Secondly the survivors wished that their workplaces and their employers need to be more sensitive towards them by providing them ample amount of support. The workplace must understand as the survivor of domestic violence if wished to avail the services then needs to be present at court or medical facilities etc. and in most cases they suffer a lot due to not at all supportive workplaces.

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Annual Report 2015-2016 30 30 Thirdly the most important outcome was the recommendations regarding the support services which are as follows: 1. Police: they are expected to be proactive and quick in their investigation. They need to be more sensitive to a woman who needs their help as accorded in the PWDVA 2005. They should not take the women too lightly or make them wait for their rightful justice. The women urge the police to keep a check on their helpline i.e. 181 as the personnel keeps transferring the compliant. Most of all they are required to stop their patriarchal outlook for which they need to take extensive training sessions and legal counsel for their sensitization towards victims of domestic violence. 2. Courts and Lawyers: they must be well-informed about all the acts so that they are able to provide justice to all. Lawyers should never demotivate a woman if she wants file a case as it is usually the last resort in case of Indian women. They are not supposed to misguide the women. Courts must help in the proper implementation of PWDVA 2005. The judges need to be present on the date of the hearing to avoid delayed justice. Many of the lawyers don’t have any idea as to how to put the case under which act. The lawyers must be well informed and aware of the situation. 3. Hospitals: the hospital authorities often ask the injured woman to report the case to the police before attending to her wounds. They need to understand the situation of the woman that most of the times she cannot afford to take the matter outside her home. 4. The survivors wanted to get enough information regarding financial loans which they wished to take for their children’s education along with other similar financial services.

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Annual Report 2015-2016 31 31 Activity 3: Mapping and an Analysis of the existing support structures and services available for survivors of Domestic and Intimate Partner Violence Objective - The objective of this activity was to map the different support structures and services available for survivors of domestic and intimate partner violence in Delhi for example services like police stations NGOs doing direct work on domestic violence services provided by them shelter homes and short stay homes hospitals protection officers service providers NGOs recognized by the state as certified Service Providers under the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act 2005 in Delhi legal authorities and medical facilities. Outcome The outcome of this mapping exercise will be a comprehensive Resource Directory entitled as “Support Structures and Services for Women Survivors of Domestic and Intimate Partner Violence in Delhi”. The resource directory is a referral source containing updated information about the different support structures services and organizations government and non – government which are working in Delhi for Survivors of Domestic and Intimate Partner Violence IPV. The Resource Directory will comprise of information like numbers location and particulars of different support structures and services available for women affected by Domestic Violence in Delhi including PO’s SP’s police medical facilities NGO’s and shelter homes. The directory is not only for the use of the survivors but also for the people who assist her - Lawyers Counselors Protection Officers and Medical Facilities. Objective 2: To support Corporate Companies to address Domestic Violence/Intimate Partner Violence at the Workplace Activity 1: Situational Analysis on Gender Based Violence with focus on Domestic Violence and Intimate partner Violence in the Corporate Sector Objective -A desk based situation analysis was done of the different corporates in Delhi NCR. The objective of this study was to understand if the policies provided by the corporates are gender sensitive and are benefiting their employees especially women employees also whether they have an Internal Complaints Committee in place or not.

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Annual Report 2015-2016 32 32 Outcome The outcome of this exercise was a “Situation Analysis Report of the different Corporates in Delhi NCR”. The study reflects upon the different policies benefits remuneration packages and advantages corporates like “Birla soft Genpact Tata Steel Maruti Suzuki Bharti Airtel Limited IFCI DLF and UNITECH etc. offer to their employees especially women employees. The analysis done of the corporate sector reflected that most of the corporates have become gender sensitive and employee friendly with time and this was clearly visible in the policies schemes and benefits that they offer to their employees. For example some of their gender sensitive policies are work from home policy maternity paternity and child care leaves policy medical insurance flexible working hours day care center at office etc. Their policies reflect that how the companies through their innovative approaches are contributing to the society at different levels like community environmental educational societal empowerment and health level etc. These corporates have also adopted important programmes and policies like Sexual Harassment at Workplace Policy Whistle Blower Policy Work Culture Policy and Innovative Programme for Women Employees etc. to promote a health and employee friendly environment. The report also gives a reflection of the present status of women in leadership position in the corporate sector. It shows that there are only few women in the corporate world who are at leadership position senior management and executive/board of director team. It is primarily men who still hold dominant and important position in the corporate world as compared to women. The screwed man to women ratio in important and dominant positions in corporate world reflects that there is need to sensitize the corporate sector. Activity 2: Sensitizing the Corporate Sector/Workplace on Domestic Violence/Intimate Partner Violence and Sexual Harassment at Workplace

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Annual Report 2015-2016 33 33 Objective - To sensitize the corporate workplace about the importance to have a gender sensitive and employee friendly environment by addressing important issues like Gender Based Violence and Sexual Harassment at workplace through one to one meetings with senior or HR representatives of corporates followed up with “One Day Gender Sensitization Workshops” with the corporates. Outcome 1:The outcome of these meetings was five successful “One Day Gender Sensitization Workshops for Corporates in Delhi NCR” with corporates like Hindustan Power Project Private Limited HPPPL Moser Baer India FICCI Elin Electronics Ltd and Transport Corporation of India. These workshops were mainly attended by senior representatives and had a mixed gender ratio. The workshops were mainly interactive with series of activities discussion and exercises like group work film and advertisement clippings input sharing case study analysis reflection on own thoughts etc. several important issues were discussed like diversity at workplace gender based violence and discrimination domestic violence and sexual harassment at workplace. It was observed that for the first time Domestic Violence issue was successfully addressed at corporate workplace and people took interest in listening about the law and what the law said and why is it important for everyone to address gender based violence and domestic violence.

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Annual Report 2015-2016 34 34 Outcome 2:Development of a Training Module/Curriculum with a focus on Gender Based Violence with a focus on Domestic Violence Intimate Partner Violence and Sexual Harassment at Workplace with specific focus on Corporates. The Module has been developed for conducting full day gender sensitization trainings and workshops for corporates. The curriculum has been designed in a gender sensitive and employee friendly manner and in it different concepts and issues have been addressed. Objective 3: Raised awareness among the government representatives on domestic violence/intimate partner violence and Sexual Harassment at the workplace Activity 1: Meetings with Government Representatives to get suggestions and endorse activities Objective: To conduct One to One Meetings with senior government representatives to brief them about Project Wajood its objectives take their suggestions and inputs on different activities and documents being developed/ executed under the project. Outcome: Three “One to One meetings” were held with senior government representatives heads and staff of different government departments like Department of Women and Child Development National Mission for Empowerment of Women and Ministry of defence – Controller General of Defence Accounts.  Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung FES: Genderlogue Genderlogue at Lady Irwin College

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Annual Report 2015-2016 35 35 A Talk by Dr. Vibhuti Patel on ‘Gender Economics: Gender roles and Gender development’ Lady Irwin College A discussion about the Gender Economics Gender roles and Gender development was organized in Lady Irwin College on Raushni Deshpandey Oration held on February 26 th 2016. The event was arranged by WPC and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung FES in the Development Communication and Extension Department to provide an understanding of the gender equality in the past and its comparison with the present. Dr. Vibhuti Patel an economist from SNDT University and trustee of Anusondhan was the guest lecturer at the event along with Mrs. Anju Dubey Pande programme specialist UN women from JNU Delhi. Being a renowned economist Dr. Patel initiated the lecture by explaining the term gender economics and its relevance as an academic discipline. She emphasized and clarified the origins of Gender Economics that lie in the high mortality rate and low participation of women in the earlier years. This led to the concept of Gender Economics to boost the status of women. Touching upon all the major milestones and the history of the concept starting from 1970s she spoke about the Equal Revolution Act in 1976 and the struggle of Leela Mittal and her sister who fought for Hindu Property Law to include women as co-holder in property. Changing patterns were now noticed in the women’s migration and SEWA became the first registered model of Trade Union for Women in the same era. After completing the history Dr. Patel discussed the current definitions and other important concepts in Gender Economics for example: sex v/s gender matriarchy oppression exploitation socialization etc. Also along with it she talked about gender analysis how gender identity is formed. Gradually directing the course of the lecture towards the current situation of Public Economics macro and micro level and Economic Development she also talked about other related aspects such as the various opportunities being provided to women in the current market and development process of the country. Towards the end of the discourse Dr. Patel talked about politics in Gender Development Economics in Gender development and Ecology in Gender Development and also showed the status of Gender gap sub-indexes in India. The students coming from the department of development communication were curious to learn more about the issue because of its

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Annual Report 2015-2016 36 36 proximity to their academic field and were motivated to break the silence. Dr. Patel ended the lecture with her last three words Agency Voice and Choice which are the principles on which a woman should live upon and summarizes the concept of Gender Economics. Other Activities done by WPC 1. UN Consultation which involved all the partners of WPC from across the states on ‘Prevention of Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace: Strategy Meeting on Implementing the Law and Role of the Civil Society’. Objectives of the Consultation: Since 1997 workplaces have been rightly informed of their responsibility towards the issue of Sexual Harassment at Workplace both through the VishakhaJudgment and also through the Act. Following the passage of the Act it has already become evident through informal accounts that compliance with and implementation of the Act read with Vishakha present numerous challenges. While we grapple to understand how to reconcile the application of the Act at the workplace within the equality vision of Vishakha it becomes necessary to acknowledge the role of Civil Society Organisations CSO’s in the successful implementation of the Act. As members of CSO’s are represented as third party on the Complaints Committees’ both the Internal Complaints Committees as well as the Local Complaints Committees a discussion on their role becomes extremely critical. An assessment of the existing capacities and strategies to enhance this engagement is the need of the hour. The purpose of this consultation is to stimulate dialogue amongst organizations working on this issue raise some of the issues posed by the Act share examples from successful cases and discuss strategies to strengthen their own capacities to effectively implement the law. This consultation will be a precursor to a series of regional consultations with government non-government industry workforce in the formal and informal sector and other

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Annual Report 2015-2016 37 37 stakeholders who are actively working on the implementation of the Act through trainings and as members of the Internal Complaints Committees. WomenPowerConnect’s partners from all across India were invited to be a part of this Consultation. 2. Capacity Building Training on ‘Prevention of Sexual Harassment at Workplace’ on 4 th of November 2015 The Capacity Building Training on ‘Prevention of Sexual Harassment at Workplace’ was organized on 4 th of November 2015 by WPC with support from CGDA Head Quarters Ministry of Defense New Delhi. The inauguration of the workshop was done by Mr. Mustaq Ahmad Senior ACGDA AN. The programme was aimed at building a common understanding of gender diversity gender discrimination and conceptual clarity on the recently enacted Sexual Harassment at the Workplace Prevention Prohibition and Redressal SHW Act for representatives of any organization/government sector/ corporates. The issue of domestic violence was also highlighted with particular focus on the provisions of the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act 2005PWDVA. Through this workshop testing of the training manual for the Gender Sensitization workshop for the corporates in Delhi NCR was also done. This workshop was a success which led us to another follow up workshop with the senior officials of CGDA on 11 th March 2016. 3. Capacity Building Training on ‘Prevention of Sexual Harassment at Workplace’ on 11 th of March 2016. This training was attended by the mid- level officials of the Ministry of Defense.

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Annual Report 2015-2016 38 38 The Capacity Building Training on ‘Prevention of Sexual Harassment at Workplace’ was organized on 11th of March 2016 by WPC with support from CGDA Head Quarters Ministry of Defense New Delhi. The inauguration of the workshop was done by Ms. Veena Prasad Chairperson Additional CGDA. The programme was aimed at building a common understanding of gender diversity gender discrimination and conceptual clarity on the recently enacted Sexual Harassment at the Workplace Prevention Prohibition and Redressal SHW Act for representatives of any organization/government sector/ corporates and their Internal Complaints Committee members a redressal mechanism established under the Act. The role of the ICC being central to the implementation of the law the workshop focused on addressing existing gender biases law governing sexual harassment and any misgivings in respect to the Act. The issue of domestic violence was also highlighted with particular focus on the provisions of the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act 2005PWDVA. 4. Women’s Group Gathering on 1 st of December 2015 ‘Ab 33 Nahi 50’ a huge gathering of the masses was held on 1 st of December 2015 where in WPC was one of the core group organizer and supporter at Jantar Mantar New Delhi to put forth the demand for the Women’sReservation Bill. The rally saw presence of different

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Annual Report 2015-2016 39 39 organizations unions and eminent feminist and speakers who in a unified voice demanded passage of the Bill. 5. Silent March on 23 rd December 2015 The silent march was arranged by the entire Women’s Group on 23 rd of December 2015 to create an impact so that the Women’s Reservation Bill gets passed. More than 10 activists from different organisations stepped forward to support women’s representation in Parliament. More than 50-60 members gathered at Jantar Mantar to take part in the rally for passing the Reservation Bill. It started with standing on the pavement with the placards to seek attention of the people and tying a black ribbon or scarf on their mouth to symbolize the silence before the storm if change in system does not happen. All the activists held placards with different slogans questioning Why the delay Women in Parliament complaining Sardi ka satrabarbaadkiya mahila bill pass nahi kiya and at the same time directing ab 33 nahi 50 chahiye the government to base the bill on their new demand for 50 reservation. The demand changed because the people are disappointed in the government regarding their reaction to the impending bill even 10 years after being passed by the Rajya Sabha in 2005. Black ribbons were tied on the arms as a symbol of protest to make a statement about removing the discrimination against women in the political arena and to attract the attention of the by-passers. The media was not formally invited by the protestors and their organisations so there were minimal press to cover the rally. There were students present over there that covered the whole incident almost from its commencement. It was when the activists lied down on the

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Annual Report 2015-2016 40 40 road that the professional news-media people took notice and approached the representatives for brief interviews. Outcome - The activists from different organisations have decided to conduct another rally for the same issue in the month of January and aim to involve more people in the protest for the desired impact on the government so that they pass the bill in Lok Sabha. 6. Letter to the Hon’ble Minister Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs New Delhi A letter was sent to the Hon’ble Minister Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs New Delhi from the women’s group expressing the concern that 33 Women’s Reservation Bill seems to have completely disappeared from the agenda of the present NDA Government even after their election promise of ‘not 33 but 50’. Thus the women’s group activists demanded that the Women’s Reservation Bill be introduced taken for consideration and put to vote in the forth coming session of the Parliament to begin the new era in the legislative history of the country.

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Annual Report 2015-2016 41 41 Important Meetings attended by WomenPowerConnect

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Annual Report 2015-2016 42 42 Year Month and Date Title of the program Venue Represented by April- 2015 9 th April Meeting with Ms. Sabita Oxfam India regarding various project activities for the third quarter. Oxfam India Office Aliya 24 th April Presentation from Interns about their work at WPC Lady Irwin College Radhika and Aliya 28th April FES meeting with Damyanty on the future plans for carrying out Genderlogue FES office Radhika and Shilpi 29 th April Interaction with Service Providers and mapping of resources and services/trainers Jagori Achungmei and Vishal May 2015 18 th May Partner visit for Resource mapping and interaction with office staff activities Prayatn Vishal Achungmei 21th May The queen question : socio economics political with exclusion ISSI Institute of social studies trust Janki korange and Nisha Kumari

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Annual Report 2015-2016 43 43 18 th May Project related activites and plan for National Consultation in June Oxfam India Aliya June 2015 10 th June Inviting Dr. GovindKelkar for the National Consultation and taking inputs on agenda for the same Landesa office Radhika Aliya 10 th June Visiting with a purpose of getting survivor of violence for advisory group FGD’s Action India Sunder Nagri Vishal and Achungmei 19 th June Visited Hindustan power HPPPL for corporate meeting Hindustan power. LTD HPPPL Tanvi and Radhika July 2015 10 th July Meeting with FICCI on Wajood project - Corporate FICCCI office Radhika Tanvi 14 th July Discussion on Violence against Women safety security and empowerment. Delhi Dialogue Commission Radhika Tanvi 23th July Finalization discussion on manual and TOR for trainers Oxfam India office Aliya

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Annual Report 2015-2016 44 44 27 th July Meeting with FICCI- Dr. Hamsa and Ms. Uma Seth regarding conducting workshop. FICCI Radhika Achungmei Sangeeta 28 th July Possible collaboration women on national level strategy meeting on sexual harassment. UN women Radhika Aliya Tanvi 29 th July For mapping of SWOT Analysis Field visits Tanvi August 2015 03th August PWDVA Meeting CSR - Discussion on Domestic Violence India International Center Tanvi 06 th August Workshop training on Violence Again Women- Engaging Men and Boys ICRW India International Center Tanvi 11 th August Workshop on ‘Role of innovation in achieving India 75 vision of a Developed India’ - CII India Habitat Center Achungmei 18 th August Dialogue with the Honorable Minister on Health and Pre-Post Birth Discrimination against girl child Ministry of Health Aliya and Tanvi

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Annual Report 2015-2016 45 45 24 th August Workshop on Sexual Harassment at Workplace- PLD PLD Radhika 25 th August National Dissemination meeting on Strengthening Women’s Leadership for Community Action Center for Catalyst Change Radhika and Tanvi 28 th August UNDP Meeting with Kanta Singh UNDP Office Radhika Aliya Septe mber 2015 1 st September Meeting with FICCI regarding Corporate Workshop FICCI Achungmei 07 th 08 th September Two Day PSI Training of trainers Delhi Tanvi Radhika 16 th 17 th September PSI- Wajood Induction Meeting Delhi Tanvi Achungmei 18 th September PSI Quarterly Review Meeting PSI Office Radhika Lalit Tanvi Achungmei 23 rd September Meeting with Action India regarding Mapping and SWOT Analysis Action India Achungmei 13 th October Jagori Training workshop on sexual harassment New Delhi Achungmei Radhika

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Annual Report 2015-2016 46 46 Octob er 2015 16 th Octobe r Focus Group discussion CSR WPC CSR office WPC Team 20 th October Conference on ‘Making change with Cash- Are Economic Incentives Effective in Enhancing the Value of Girl ‘ by ICRW Hotel Leela Palace Sangeeta 26 th October India Press Women’s conference Action India Tanvi Radhika Achungmei 26 th October Meeting with Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids regarding Fund Raising Taj CFTFK Office Sangeeta Achungmei Radhika and Tanvi 29 th October Meeting with PSI Mr.Ather and Mr. Pushpraj PSI office Achungmei Tanvi Nove mber 2015 04 th November CGDA – One Day workshop on gender sensitization with CGDA staff CGDA Headquarters Radhika Achungmei 05 th November PSI- 1 day workshop on gender sensitization with HPPPL India International Center WPC Team

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Annual Report 2015-2016 47 47 18 th 19 th Novem ber VHAP- Two day regional consultation on BetiBachaoBetiPadhao- Building a Collective Response-Strengthening civil society engagement and community action New Delhi Achungmei 24 th -26 th November WISCOMP- Workshop Addressing linkages and networking with other organizations working towards GBV New Delhi Radhika 25 th November elimination of violence against women India Gate Radhika 26 th November 33 Reservation Meeting regarding the event planned on 1 st of December 2015 New Delhi Radhika Sangeeta and Tanvi Dece mber 2015 1 st December Rally at Jantar mantar on 50 reservation for women Jantar Mantar Radhika Tanvi Sangeeta 2nd December CSR – Round Table Meeting CSR Radhika 02 nd December South Asian university- Meeting with Dr SoumitaBasu South Asian University Radhika

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Annual Report 2015-2016 48 48 10 th December WPC – Prayatn Focus Group discussion Prayatn Office WPC Team 11 th December Consultation with focus on strengthening different modes of communication on domestic violence CFAR Achungmei 16 th December Nirbhaya’s Remembrance ceremony at Jantar Mantar Jantar Mantar Achungmei 21 st December 1 Day workshop of gender sensitization with Moser bear staff Moser bear office Radhika and Sangeeta 22 nd to 24 th December Three Days Workshop on ‘Men Engagement to end violence against women’ Hotel Maple Greater Kailash Radhika Achungmei and Sangeeta 23th December 33 reservation for women at Jantar Mantar Jantar mantar Radhika Sangeeta and Aliya 27 th December Oxfam India – Meeting With Ms. Vinita Ms. Sabita regarding the closure of the project Oxfam India office Radhika Sangeeta and Aliya Januar y 2016 21 st and 22 nd January Two Day “Wajood Quarterly Review meeting” Hotel Shervani Radhika Achungmei and Tanvi

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Annual Report 2015-2016 49 49 Febru ary - 2016 11 th February Care India – discussion for march 8 th Event Care India Office Sangeeta Gayatri and Achungmei 12 th February NFIW- Women reservation Bill New Delhi Gayatri Sharma Sangeeta 15 th February NFIW- Women reservation Bill New Delhi Gayatri Sharma Tanvi 17 th February Jamia Meeting talk by Nazariya Jamia University Gayatri Sharma Aliya and Achungmei 19 th February FICCI- Corporate training FICCI office WPC Team 24 th February TCIL- Regarding Corporate workshop TCIL office Tanvi Sangeeta 25 th February Elin - Regarding Corporate workshop Elin Office Achungmei Sangeeta 26 th February Prayatn – Meeting regarding Resource directory Prayatn Office Tanvi 26 th February FES- Genderlogue Lady Irwin college Dr. Vibhuti Patel Sangeeta Gayatri

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Annual Report 2015-2016 50 50 Major Activities and Events organized From April 2015 to March 2016 27 th February FES - paper presentation on Political Feminism New Delhi Dr. Vibhuti Patel Radhika March 2016 08 th – 09 th March Jamia –NDTV Women Day Taj Hotel Gayatri Sharma 17 th March Un Women – Fund rasing UN women Office Gayatri Sangeeta 18 th March Jagori- Aman Network Meeting New Delhi Gayatri Sharma SL.N Activity Supported By Partners Date and Venue 1 National Consultation on “ Empowering Girls by Addressing Child Marriage in India” Ford Foundation 13 th - 14 th May 2015 at Juniper Hall India Habitat Center

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Annual Report 2015-2016 51 51 2 Meeting of 1 st WPC Wajood Advisory Group under the project Wajood PSI- Wajood 6th July 2015 at Maple Hall India Habitat Centre New Delhi. 3 1 st Focus Group Discussion was held with survivors of violence of support services PSI-Wajood Action India 14 th August 2015 at Mahila Panchayat Sunder Nagari 4 Consultation on “ Impact of Government Initiative on enhancing the value of girl child in Madurai Tamil Nadu’ National Mission of Empowerment of Women NMEW CASSA Campaign Against Sex- Selective Abortion 19 th August 2015 in Madurai Tamil Nadu 5 State Level Advocacy Consultation on “ Empowering Girl by Addressing the issues of child marriage and it’s linkages with domestic violence and trafficking of girls in Jharkhand Ford Foundation Badlao Foundation and Chetna Vikas 10 th -12 th September 2015 Hotel Amaltas Ranchi Jharkhand. 6 State Level Advocacy Consultation on “ Empowering Girls by Addressing the issues of child marriage and it’s linkages with violence against women and children in Madhya Pradesh Ford Foundation Mahila Chetna Manch 15 th -16 th September 2015 Hotel Palash Bhopal Madhya Pradesh

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Annual Report 2015-2016 52 52 7 State Level Advocacy Consultation on “Empowering Girls by Addressing the issues of Child Marriage and it’s linkages with domestic violence and gender budgeting in Bihar” Ford Foundation Gramin Evam Nagar Vikas Parishad GENVP 23 rd and 24 th September 2015 Hotel Patliputra Ashoka Patna Bihar 8 2 nd Focus Group Discussion was held with survivors of violence of support services PSI-Wajood CSRCentre for Social Research 16th October 2015 at the CSR Centre for Social Research office in Vasant Kunj 9 One day “Gender Sensitization Life Skills Workshop” PSI-Wajood Controller General of Defense Accounts Ministry of Defense 4th November 2015 at CGDA office Palam 10 One Day “Gender Sensitization and Employee Friendly Workshop” PSI-Wajood Hindustan Power Project Private Limited HPPPL 5th November 2015 India International Centre 11 3 rd Focus Group Discussion was held with survivors of violence of support services PSI-Wajood Prayatn 10th December 2015 at CMC Hari Nagar

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Annual Report 2015-2016 53 53 12 “One Day Gender Sensitization Workshop for Corporates in Delhi NCR” PSI-Wajood Moser Baer The Summit Conference Hall C INN Hotel Greater Noida on 21st December 2015. 13 Women Farmer Leadership Training workshop OXFAM India Center for Youth and Social Development CYSD 14 th -16 th January 2016 Boipariguda Koraput 14 Second WPC Wajood Advisory Group Meeting PSI-Wajood 28th January 2016 at Hotel Iris Park New Delhi 15 A Talk on “Relationship between Gender Sexuality and Political Economy” by Nazariya OXFAM India Jamia Millia Islamia 17 th February 2016 Jamia Millia Islamia 16 Consortium workshop on Sexual Harassment at Workplace PSI-Wajood FICCI 19th February 2016 Tansen Marg FICCI 17 Gender Logue on ‘Gender Economics: Gender roles and Gender development’ by Dr. Vibhuti Patel FES Lady Irwin College 26 th February 2016 Lady Irwin College

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Annual Report 2015-2016 54 54 18 Ecocracy Oxfam India Jamia Millia Islamia 8 th - 9 th March 2016 Jamia Millia Islamia 19 One Day Gender Sensitization Workshop with Elin Electronic Limited PSI-Wajood Elin Electronic Limited 10th March 2016 Ghaziabad NCR 20 “RASHTRIYA MAHILA KISAN SAMMELAN” National Convention of Women Farmers OXFAM India Jointly organized by Mahila KisanAdhikaa r Manch MAKAAM Department of Agriculture Government of Andhra Pradesh and supported by WPC 17 th – 19 th March 2016 Bapatla Andhra Pradesh 21 One Day Gender Sensitization Workshop with PSI-Wajood TCITransport Corporation of India 19th March 2016 at TCI conference Hall 22 Women Farmer Leadership Training workshop OXFAM India Center for Youth and Social Development CYSD 21 st -23 rd March 2016 Boipariguda Koraput

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Annual Report 2015-2016 55 55 WomenPowerConnect’s Governing Body 1 Dr. Ranjana Kumari Chairperson 2 Dr. Vibhuti Patel President 3 Ms. Gouri Choudhury Treasurer 4 Dr. N. Hamsa Member Northern Region 5 Ms. Tara Sharma Member Northern Region 6 Ms. Rekha Mody Member Northern Region 7 Ms. Benita Sharma Member Northern Region 8 Sr. Jyoti Chetty Member Northern Region 9 Ms. G. Rashmi Member Southern Region 10 Ms. Bimla Chandrasekhar Member Southern Region 11 Ms. Indrani Sinha Member Eastern Region 12 Ms. Anju Sinha Member Eastern Region 13 Ms. Hasina Kharbhih Member North – East Region 14 Ms. Nandita Konwar Member North – East Region 15 Dr. Nirmala Buch Member Western Region

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Annual Report 2015-2016 56 56 Names of Organisations WPC worked with are as follows: OXFAM India AALI Ford Foundation Badlao Foundation Ranchi Chetna Vikas Ranchi Mahila Chetna Manch Bhopal Gramin Evam Nagar Vikas Parishad Patna National Mission for Empowerment of Women NMEW Campaign against Sex Selection and Abortion Tamil Nadu CASSA Population Services International PSI Center for Advocacy and Research CFAR Action India Center for Social Research CSR Prayatn MARG Ministry of Defense CGDA Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung FES Lady Irwin College Jami Millia Islamia JMI UN Women Joint Women’s Program National Federation of Indian Women NFIW Nazariya Names of Corporates WPC worked with: Moser Baer Hindustan Power Project Private Limited HPPPL Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry FICCI

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Annual Report 2015-2016 57 57 Transport Corporation of India TCI Elin Electronics Ghaziabad WPC Secretariat Staff 1. Ms. Radhika Khajuria Project Director until January 31 st 2016 2. Ms. Gayatri Sharma Programme Director from February 2016 3. Ms. Aliya Tabasum Programme Associate 4. Ms. Tanvi Gupta Project Coordinator 5. Ms. Sangeeta Banerjee Project Coordinator 6. Ms. Achungmei Project Coordinator 7. Ms. Shilpi Singh Programme Associate 8. Ms. Parul Sethi Programme Associate 9. Mr. Vishal Ujjin Programme Associate 10. Mr. Lalit Singh Kataria Accounts Officer 11. Mr. Sandeep Mishra Admin Assistant 12. Mr. Sonu Kumar Office Assistant LIST OF INTERNS 1. Nisha Kumari Magadha University 2. Jankee Koranga M.B.P.G College 3. Dakshina Sharma Jamia Millia Islamia University 4. Sarita Kumari Dept. of Social Work University of Delhi 5. Pooja Ichplani Lady Irwin College 6. Pravin Chanu Lady Irwin College 7. Anju Chaudhary Lady Irwin College 8. Shradha Shah SNDT Women’s University Member Communication Membership Values

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Annual Report 2015-2016 58 58 WPC Members add diversity at multiple levels which is a cornerstone to the organization’s existence and functioning. 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 National level representative body for building a sustaining community of vibrant members to work towards advancement of women in India. List of Member Communication Month Date of Member Communication Content of Member Communication November 2015 16 th Regarding a very important massive mass meeting to stand up for 50 Reservation for women in the Parliament on 1 st of December 2015 at Jantar Mantar. December 2015 08th Shared information on the Virtual Police Station VPS an initiative taken by Commonwealth 21 42 15 17 5 Present Membership Status of WPC Eastern Region Northern Region North Eastern Region Southern Region Western Region

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Annual Report 2015-2016 59 59 Human Rights Initiative CHRI to launch the Virtual Police Station VPS project which is a first of its kind training tool developed with the cooperation of the Rajasthan Police that allows the police civil society and public to enter a police station virtually to explore every room in 360 degrees and learn the many processes and procedures that are performed every day. 11th Shared all the details of the event ‘Ab 33 Nahi 50 Dena Hoga’ on 1st of December 2015 at Jantar Mantar. The organizations who were in support of Women’s Political Empowerment are: JWP AIDWA NFIW CSR AIDMAM SWASTIK MAHILA SAMITI THE HUNGER PROJECT CBCI VIVAT WPC GUILD FOR SERVICE WAR WIDOWS ASSOCIATION OXFAM CARITAS YWCA-D YWCA-I JAGORI ANHAD AIWC. The event was covered by many know media houses. 14th Sharing of Information regarding a Photo- Exhibition organized by PROOF along with CSR and NFIW have joined forces to bring the photo exhibition to New Delhi and mobilize civil society NGOs and the press on the earth- shattering day of December 16th to further the discussion on sexual violence in India. 29 th Sharing of a Handbook on ‘Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace’ which was prepared by Ministry of Women and Child Development.

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Annual Report 2015-2016 60 60 31 st New Year Wishes were sent by the team to all our members January 2016 20th Sharing of Aasha Kapur Mehta and Dolly Arora Indian Institute of Public Administration New Delhi has come up with a research base paper Base Paper on Availability of Data and Data Gaps for Situation Analysis of Well-being of Children and Women. 21st Sharing of an Image depicting the ‘Age-wise details of Voters’. February 2016 8 th Sharing of few interesting write-ups and articles. 22 nd Sharing of articles and news-paper clippings. 24 th WPC opened a question round in front of all the members to know how people feel regarding maternity leaves that women take from work. March 2016 8 th Happy Women’s Day Wishes along with sharing of Information regarding WPC’s celebration of Women’s Day. Also asked the members to share how they celebrated this day.

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Annual Report 2015-2016 61 61 Annual Statement of Accounts 2014-2015

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Annual Report 2015-2016 63 63 WPC in News

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Annual Report 2015-2016 64 64 Links of other News Clippings are as follows:  http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/various-organisations-demand-passge-of-women- reservation-bill/1/535909.html  http://www.htsyndication.com/htsportal/image/AIDWA-Activists-Demand-Passage-Of- Women-Reservation-Bill/HTSI144899886252694  http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/various-organisations-demand- passge-of-women-reservation-bill-115120100973_1.html  http://ganashakti.com/english/news/top_story/11691

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