MyGlamm & Lisa Haydon launched a campaign urging Indian women to end eve-teasing

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MyGlamm & Lisa Haydon have launched a campaign urging Indian women to end eve-teasing by communicating their confidence by Turning On Their Eyes. Our eyes are a powerful tool for communicating. This campaign urges women to stand their ground, glaring back every time they receive an unwanted stare from a man. The campaign celebrates the modern woman of today and spotlights the challenges faced by women in the country with regard to Eve teasing and sexual harassment, urging them to glare back, and battle the perceptions and misconceptions laid down in our country.

To help spread this message, MyGlamm is donating every time there is a unique share of this message up to INR 1 Crore to Give India and the Magic Bus India Foundation.Additionally, MyGlamm will also donate with the purchase of every MyGlamm eye make-up products.

The #TurnOnYourEyes Campaign is pioneered for the purpose of women’s safety, and aspires to create awareness about the euphemisms that exist within the social and cultural spheres in India, by requesting fellow citizens to reach out to the masses through social media to spread the message and create sentience, to help remain in the nation’s consciousness.

Supporting the cause Celebrity Lisa Haydon states, “This is a cause I can relate with as I have experienced this and see women experience this around me every day. It’s time we stood our ground with confidence, feeling no shame..”

The project also explores the experiences of gender norms, while encouraging and empowering women to voice their concerns and incidents, to work towards a rewarding solution and a lasting change. Diving in at a pivotal moment for women’s rights in India, MyGlamm aspires women to regain their confidence, inspire others who have experienced or witnessed harassment to come forward, to look back and then seek justice.

Malaika Mahtaney, CMO, MyGlamm says, “The unwanted male gaze is the first step in what eventually leads to eve-teasing and sexual harassment. We at MyGlamm are launching the #TurnOnYourEyes campaign to empower women and eradicate the problem at the root. To help make this message viral and to make a difference, MyGlamm is delighted to partner with Magic Bus and Give India and donate up to Rs 1 crore to their cause”.

While Magic Bus will utilize the donation to focus on getting more girls to complete their secondary education, choose a career and overcome the threats of child marriage, Give India will utilize the donation towards their Violence Against Women campaign.

Speaking about the association, Jayant Rastogi, CEO, Magic Bus India says, We’re proud to partner with MyGlamm for the #TurnYourEyesCampaign. Magic Bus stands for ensuring equal participation and opportunities for young girls in education, public spaces, and jobs. This association will help us connect to a larger audience about the need to promote gender equality.

Fighting violence against women is a long, hard battle. We are focused on helping the survivors of violence rebuild their lives, and have partnered with the best NGOs in this space to further this cause. The partnership with MyGlamm is an opportunity to amplify awareness, and to help people convert their outrage into meaningful action.” Says Arjun Kolady, GiveIndia.

MyGlamm and Lisa Haydon along with Magic Bus India Foundation and Give India invite you to alter this momentum into action that every woman in India, irrespective of their age, social or economic background, Can Look Back Too!

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Jindal Stainless Foundation dedicated a water ATM at Village ‘Rohad’ in Haryana on World Environment day

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Jindal Stainless Foundation, part of Jindal Stainless Group, today reiterated its commitment to fulfilling business responsibilities. The Foundation dedicated a water ATM to the community at Village ‘Rohad’ in Haryana on World Environment day. As a responsible corporate citizen, particularly for the marginalized communities in the vicinity of its operations, Jindal Stainless continuously engages with communities through sustainable Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) projects. Emphasizing the commitment to improve lives, Chairperson, Jindal Stainless Foundation & Managing Director, JSL Lifestyle, Ms. Deepikka Jindal, said, “Giving back to the society and improving lives is an integral philosophy of our foundation and we are committed to the communities  we are surrounded by. Throughout the year, we engage in numerous initiatives with an aim to bring about a meaningful change in the lives of the community people. We are extremely happy to have installed the water ATM, which will not only provide clean & safe drinking water, but also have a direct impact on the health of people living in the vicinity”.  Water ATM will directly benefit more than 7000 people in the village.

Drinking water has assumed critical importance in the future of human survival. It will be the central agenda in global burden of diseases. Jindal Stainless foundation had been concerned about the community needs in the vicinity of the workshop in Rohad, especially the lack of clean drinking water. It was after carrying out a need assessment that this initiative has been undertaken. This also underscores clean drinking water initiative as part of ‘Mission Swachh Bharat’, which not only mitigates the problem of clean drinking water through installation of the water ATM, but demonstrates community ownership. As per this model, land for the water station is acquired by the local panchayat and the capital cost of Rs. 35 lakh per water station is granted by Jindal Stainless along with the corporate partner, Water Life.  This water station is based on ATM model where water dispensation will be at a minimal cost for quality drinking water. The cost of water being dispensed by water ATM is 35 paisa per litre, against the price of one litre bottled drinking water sold in the market for Rs. 20. This will be the second functional water ATM in Haryana by Jindal Stainless Foundation. The first water ATM is currently functional in Pathredi village.

This ATM model is based on community ownership, where it will be run by the local community and earnings from the ATM will support the operational and maintenance costs. Moreover, this ownership model will instill ‘pay for use’ habit and ensure minimum wastage of water. Under this system, water dispensation on a daily basis will be recorded and the data will be digitally transferred to the main water station office, which will monitor the water quality and quantity. The station office is also responsible for quick solutions in case of any problem with the water station.

As part of sustainable initiatives, Jindal Stainless foundation has been serving the marginalized sections of society through its strategic CSR initiatives. Besides environment, foundation engages in the field of education, health care, women empowerment, community development and agriculture space by providing farmers technical and digital knowledge platform.

UN Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development (UNSGSA) visits Meerut

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Queen Maxima of Netherlands, in her capacity as the UN Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development (UNSGSA) was in Meerut to visit the customers of Aye Finance, a leading fintech lender to the micro and small entrepreneurs in India.

MSME financing has always been a key priority for the Queen and the purpose of her visit was to understand how Aye Finance was bringing this critical sector of our economy in to the inclusive folds of organized lending by providing an affordable line of credit.

Her Majesty has been a Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development since 2009 and since then she has been a global voice advancing universal access to affordable, effective, and safe financial services. Aye Finance was founded in 2014 with a commitment to provide innovative and customer-centric financial services to micro and small businesses and power their growth into the new-age India, and since then it has enabled the inclusion of 60,000 such enterprises into the mainstream of the economy.

Tuesday morning Her Majesty travelled from Delhi to Meerut to meet Aye’s customers, who belong to the sports manufacturing cluster of the city. Aye’s founders, Mr. Sanjay Sharma and Mr. Vikram Jetley briefed her on their unique “Cluster Based Credit Assessment” methodology to underwrite the risk of lending to these bottom of the pyramid businesses. These businesses have been traditionally ignored by the Banks and financial institutions as they do not maintain formal books of accounts and seldom have credit histories making the assessment of their credit worthiness a challenge and there by stunting their growth.  Aye Finance has innovated on deriving lending insights from alternate data from its markets and deploys low cost mobility and cloud based technologies to reach out to these thriving albeit underserved micro businesses

Over the past few years, Her Majesty has emphasized on the potential of mobile and digital technology as a strong enabler for financial inclusion. Aye showcased its customer mobile app “mAye” which is helping its customers run their business more efficiently by recording business data in a structured manner and gaining insights on their businesses.

Queen Maxima interacted with three of Aye’s customers who manufacture cricket equipment. They advised her about their aspirations and how Aye has helped by providing adequate finance to grow their businesses. She interacted with their women workers also and was happy to see them being equal partners in these businesses.

The 50 million micro enterprises in India have the potential to uplift the Indian Economy and bring a positive social dividend across a large segment of its population. Inclusion of these enterprises in the formal economy is a governmental priority and is expected to help the Country transition to an economic powerhouse

Shiksha Mela to demonstrate powerful stories in Children’s Education by Ministry of Human Resources Development and UNICEF India

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UNICEF India in partnership with MHRD today organized a ‘Shiksha Mela – Education Open Day’ to demonstrate case stories showcasing holistic and equitable quality education achieved through convergent programming across 17 Indian states.,

An innovative marketplace, creatively exhibiting the education milestones during the lifecycle of every child were on display. This accompanied with a powerful narrative was used to showcase cases from diverse part of the country. These included how early childhood education for early learning and school readiness had been strengthened, how strategic initiatives through which out-of-school children were brought back to school and motivational programmes such as sports for Development and Meena Manches  which helped children stay in school. Many other cases also highlighted how skills nurtured in children and young people, enabled their transition to secondary education.

Another critical dimension was the engagement of communities in the education of their children and how they were mobilized to   demand and participate in education.

Dr. Yasmin Ali Haque, UNICEF Representative in India, while speaking on this occasion, lauded the efforts of the Government of India in speeding up its commitment to get all children into school and learning. “Since the enactment of the Right to Education Act, much progress has been made in areas of systemic readiness, improved access and enrolment of children, providing infrastructure especially sanitation facilities in schools, recruitment of teachers and training of untrained teachers. Children are indeed performing reasonably well in the early classes. Still there is a need to do more for translating these results for higher classes and assuring that the requisite skills are built for smooth transition to livelihood.”

 

“The Samagra Scheme which merges the three flagship programmes-Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan and Teacher Education aims to provide equitable access and improve quality of learning and governance. This step is critical for India today, to build foundational skills of literacy and numeracy as well as transferable skills that gives children the basis for navigating the dynamic skills agenda for India’s adolescents and youth,” said Dr. Haque.

Focusing on scaling up successful examples from the field, Euphrates Gobina, Chief of Education, UNICEF India facilitated a panel discussion on this occasion. The panelists discussed a few examples of scaling up with quality while highlighting the challenges and solutions for scaling up.

Mr Anil Swarup, Secretary, Department of School Education and Literacy, MHRD, while delivering his keynote address, emphasized on the need for digitisation in education.

A ‘Data Visualization App’, which provides user-friendly and visual representation of complex analytics of the education scenario in the country was also launched on this occasion. The app has been made with technical inputs from UNICEF, in collaboration with NIEPA and NCERT. It uses UDISE (Unified District Information System for Education), NAS (National Assessment survey) and Demographic data and is an important visual tool for policy makers, senior government officials, academia, and researchers to address gaps and monitor programs in the field of education.

UNICEF India highlight the importance of celebrating mothers and their newborns.

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UNICEF India organized a panel discussion to highlight the importance of celebrating mothers and their newborns. A doctor from Orissa, a front line ASHA worker from Uttar Pradesh, a father from West Bengal, UNICEF India Deputy Representative, Ms Henriette Ahrens, UNICEF officiating Chief of Health, Dr. Gagan Gupta and UNICEF Celebrity Advocate Kareena Kapoor Khan,  engaged in an hour-long discussion on the need for support all mothers and their newborns so that they survive and thrive.

The event was organized to mark Mother’s Day in the backdrop of UNICEF’s global #EveryChildALIVE campaign.

 

Globally UNICEF is focused on Every Child Alive, a signature neonatal campaign that supports and accelerates UNICEF’s efforts to eliminate preventable neonatal deaths by 2030, with a focus on the girl child. Given that India contributes to nearly one-fifth of the global burden of under-five deaths and around a quarter of the global burden of neonatal deaths, this campaign focuses on creating an in-depth discourse around the issues.

Speaking on the occasion, Ms Henriette Ahrens said, “I congratulate the Government of India for their efforts and investments towards Universal Health Coverage, which is well reflected under “Aayushmaan Bharat”. I also salute the team of skilled health workers, who are committed to support every mother and baby with a safe pair of hands,” she added.

Interacting with panelists, Dr. Gagan Gupta said, “India has shown good and consistent progress in reduction of child mortality, with nearly 120,000 fewer under-five deaths in 2016 as compared to 2015. However, more efforts are needed for reducing neonatal deaths and addressing the gender gap in child survival. Simple interventions like ensuring every newborn is breast fed within the first hour of life can reduce neonatal deaths by 22 per cent. Government is doing its part but it is also our collective responsibility to ensure every child gets the best start in life, truly leaving no one behind.”

Dr. Hota fromMalkangiri, Orissa shared his experiences of an arduous 10 km journey-on- foot to reach the nearest Primary Healthcare Centre and save the life of a tribal mother and her newborn. Uma Devi, an ASHA worker from Uttar Pradesh shared how she convinced a mother and her family to take their newborn to a specialized centre for newborns- the nearest Special Newborn Care Unit. A father from West Bengal shared his experiences of providing kangaroo care to his newborn twins and supporting his wife so that she could breastfeed the children.

Kareena Kapoor Khan, shared “When I was pregnant, access to quality healthcare and good doctors and nurses was a given. But this should not just be a privilege for some. Quality healthcare is something that needs to be assured for every mother and every baby, girl or boy, wherever they live. Every mother and every baby has the right to be supported by a safe pair of hands during pregnancy and the newborn period,”

Kapoor also highlighted the need for gender equity and quality, which she said are the next frontiers for newborn survival. “We need to look after our girls just as well as we look after our boys. As females ourselves, it is incredibly sad that baby girls do not always get the same care that baby boys do. If your baby girl becomes unwell, get help for them just as quickly as you would do for a boy,” she said.

Kapoor has been associated with the UNICEF for over five years and has been supporting the discourse around child rights especially in the context of education and more recently around newborn health, nutrition and development.

The discussion concluded on the need for joint efforts of all stakeholders to amplify messages and facilities around neonatal survival. This includes affordable and quality healthcare for every mother and newborn, 24X7 supply of clean water and electricity at health facilities, presence of a skilled health attendant during birth, early initiation of breast feeding and skin-to-skin contact between the mother and child.

ChildFund India and Citi Foundation trained 1000 women as entrepreneurs

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ChildFund India and Citi Foundation celebrated their project’s success as it has successfully trained 1000 women as entrepreneurs, created 1000 new enterprises earningaround 3,000 to 4,000 monthly, over 800 women have opened personal bank account and 80% of the targeted women have increased understanding on financial management.

Out of the 1000 beneficiaries, nearly 300 beneficiaries have so far sold approx. 5000 chickens worth Rs. 10,00,000; chickens of rest of the beneficiaries are still growing. These entrepreneurs also plan to start selling other poultry products as per the market demand and rate soon. To support these 1000 entrepreneurs, SramadhaAdiwasiMahilaMurgiPaalan Producer Company Private Limited has been established, which is now trying to establish credit linkage with various government schemes like National Rural livelihood Mission.

The event was attended by distinguished dignitaries –Dr. Wilson Davor, Joint Director Veterinary Services, MP Govt., Dr. Deewakar, Veterinary Doctor and In-charge, Govt. Kadaknath Centre, Dr. Chandra Shekhar Singh, Veterinary Doctor & Poultry Expert, Dr. V K Singh, Scientist, KrishiVigyan Kendra, Jhabua, representatives fromJansahasSampark, Card &Prayas, project’stechnical partner organizations andover 200 of its project beneficiaries. The highlight of the event was the personal account by 6 beneficiaries who shared their experiences, aspirations as well as future plans for managing and expanding their business.

ChildFund India, a recipient of the Citi Foundation’s ‘2016 India Innovation Grant Program’, initiated the Project –‘P2P – Poverty to Prosperity’with an aim tooffer livelihood opportunities among low income women, by addressing the local economic livelihood problem of the area. Low fertility of land and soil erosion, coupled with scarcity of rainfall, forces the ‘Bhils’ (a Tribal Community), to migrate out of the region in search of alternate livelihoods, where they mostly end up working as low paid laborers. ‘Poverty to Prosperity’ equipped these women with skills required for creating an alternate source of livelihood in poultry farming and further supported them in setting up the business as well as expanding the same in their own village, preventing migration.

Neelam Makhijani, CEO and Country Director, ChildFund India said, “Through this intervention we have been able to empower tribal women and create successful entrepreneurs by offering viable and sustainable livelihood option for them. We have successfully assisted 1000 tribal women in 3 districts of Madhya Pradesh by providing infrastructure, resources and training to initiate poultry farming. We are committed to continue providing support for them to grow further and sustain their business through a vibrant Producer Company which they lead and manage. We are thankful to Citi Foundation for their support as this partnership has provided several opportunities both for tribal women in Madhya Pradesh and for the organization to learn from and replicate a sustainable model that changes lives. ChildFund India is committed as an enabler to create change makers!

DebasisGhosh, Public Affairs Officer, Citi India Cluster said,“The P2P program is aligned with the Government’s ‘Skill India’ mission and Citi Foundation’s focus areas of youth employability and financial inclusion. Citi India, through Citi Foundation has contributed towards this end by supporting youth from low-income households to build financial assets, enabling entrepreneurs to create livelihoods and enhancing the power of the collective to strengthen and transform communities.  This initiative connects tribal women with economic opportunities through a market based intervention model that is both scalable and sustainable. This program has seen incredible success and has given women the tools to start and maintain a poultry farming business that is reliable, profitable and that fulfills a large market demand. Through this initiative, Citi is not only contributing towards these women’s economic empowerment but are also giving them a sense of independence and agency over their own futures.”

 

Belgian Royalty and Cricketer Virender Sehwag team up for Child Rights

Their Majesties the King and the Queen of the Belgians advocated for children’s right to play and learn during a cricket match with cricketer Virender Sehwag and boys and girls from two Mumbai schools at Mumbai Maidan Oval, India.

 

“No matter the country we live in, we have to ensure that children grow up in a safe family environment. We need to protect girls and boys from all kind of violence and harmful practices and prevent child maltreatment. As a UN Special Advocate, I attach importance to the Right to Education for all children,” said Her Majesty.

 

Girls are particularly vulnerable in India. Nearly one fourth of 20-24 year-old-women[1] were married before they turned 18. Close to 12 per cent of girls are not attending upper primary school. [2] Around 4.5 percent of women age 15-19 experienced sexual violence.

 

“It is high time we empower our women and girls, and sports is a wonderful way of doing so,” said cricketer Virender Sehwag following the cricket match attended by Their Majesties. “While speaking with the children we learnt that UNICEF’s work with sport is grounded in its mission to ensure that every boy and girl irrespective of their ability and background have the right to play and participate in sports in a safe and healthy environment.”

 

Her Majesty Queen Mathilde had a closed-door meeting with school children from Maharashtra who discussed personal safety, the importance of life skills and adolescent empowerment, especially the empowerment of girls and prevention of child marriage.

 

“Child marriage negatively influences children’s rights to education, health and protection. These consequences especially impact the girl directly, but also her family and community. Girls and boys married as children more likely lack the skills, knowledge and job prospects needed to lift their families out of poverty. They are unable to contribute to their country’s social and economic growth,” said Her Majesty.

 

During her stay in Maharashtra, Her Majesty the Queen inaugurated a song about hand-washing. Coordinated by the University of Hasselt in collaboration with Belgian students and volunteers, the song was donated to UNICEF to serve as another creative tool to generate awareness around the already successful Swachh BharaMission(Clean India Mission) in the country. Queen Mathilde underlined the importance of good hygiene practices to increase school attendance and reduce the incidence of disease.

 

“Sustainable development can only be realized if children are healthy and are living in a safe environment.  Quality education at school and at community level should pay attention to hygiene and handwashing. Good hygiene practices significantly reduce the incidence of several diseases. Something as simple as handwashing saves lives, “she said.

 

“We have to ensure that schools and communities are fully engaged in this process at all stages using participatory processes, local knowledge and tool. Through song and dance we can reach children and change behaviours. As a UN Special Advocate for the Sustainable Development Goals, I support UNICEF in its efforts to promote widely this life-saving practice of washing hand with soap at critical times,” she added.

 

UNICEF works with schools to empower children as hygiene ambassadors within their families and communities. Children are catalysts and agents for change that can encourage community members to wash their hands at critical times.

 

Their Majesties are in India on a State Visit from 5 to 11 November 2017. During her stay, Queen Mathilde, in her capacity as Honorary Chairperson of UNICEF Belgium, had the opportunity to witness a full range of programmes where UNICEF supports the Indian Government to achieve results for children, notably in the areas of water and hygiene, child protection, child participation and girls’ empowerment.

The visit comes ahead of the first World Children’s Day set for November 20 to mark the anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. A day for children and by children, it aims to give a voice to the voiceless and allow children from around the world to take over key roles in media, politics, business, sport and entertainment to help save children’s lives, fight for their rights and fulfil their potential.