Thursday, December 23, 2010

Govt announces scholarships for single girl children

Ministry of Human Resource Development , Central Government has introduced a Post-Graduate Indira Gandhi Scholarship Scheme for Single Girl Child with the purpose of supporting higher education at PG level in non-professional subjects for any eligible girl who is the only child in her family. The Scheme was introduced from the academic year 2005-06. Duration of Scholarships is two years. Number of Scholarships given per year is 1200 and rate of scholarship is Rs. 2,000 per month (for 20 months).

The selection of candidates is made on the basis of recommendations of an Expert Committee following criteria is given below:

(i) Should be the single child in the family.
(ii) Admitted to Non-professional PG-1st year Degree course.
(iii) Should be less than 30 years at the time of PG-1st year admission.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Human Resource Development Smt. D. Purandeswari, in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha.

Unicef India internship. Applications due Jan 21

From Sakshi Saini, WAVE videoblogger:

UNICEF India Invites Applications for Full Time Internship Programme

Knowledge Community On Children In India Internship Programme

25 May – 3 August 2011

For more info, go to:

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Laadli awards - inviting media from North India that is gender-sensitive by Jan 1

You can email Nawed Akhter at if you would like to apply. Here is an extract from his email:

We are very pleased and privileged to write to you about Laadli Media Awards for Gender Sensitivity 2010-11.

These awards are for Media Professional who have worked on the subjects that are gender sensitive and help bring about gender parity and sensitise people on such subject.

We request you to kindly help us by sending entries if you have any or by furthering this information to relevant friends who you think are working on such subject.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Lebul Nisa's video 'In Limbo: Kashmir's Half Widows' Wins a Laadli Award!

She will be accepting an award on Sunday November 19 from 11-1 pm at the MICA Auditorium, Shela in Ahmedabad.

The award, instituted by the NGO Population First in association with UNFPA, is for furthering gender sensitivity in the media. WAVE entered from the Western Region, and won in the 'Best Videoblog' category.

Watch Lebul's video here.

Visit Population First's website to learn more about the Laadli awards.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Kudos to Goa for being the first state to recruit women firefighters

Times of India (Goa) story Dec 12:

PANAJI: If the state government keeps its promise, then Goa will be the first state in western India to recruit women fire fighters in the fire and emergency services.

However, the new recruits will not land in tough fire-fighting operations straightaway. They will be first put on fire prevention, training and communication duty till they can handle riskier jobs. Atpresent only Chennai and Hyderabad fire brigades have women firefighters.

"A proposal to change the recruitment rules to enable recruitment of women in the fire and emergency services has been received by us and we are in the process of changing the recruitment rules and identifying the posts to be allotted to women in the department," chief secretary Sanjay Srivastava said. "In a critical situation, we have felt that a woman can help another woman better. We have seen during Bicholim floods that women are hesitant when men try to help or rescue them. Therefore, women fire personnel are the need of the hour. Initially, we will recruit women for fire prevention, training and communication duty and also train them as fire fighters to handle emergency situations," said director of fire and emergency services Ashok Menon. Srivastava said, "Once recruitment rules for inducting women in the services are finalized, then we will notify posts to enable the recruitment. This should be done by April 14, 2011." The proposal will go to Personnel department from where it will be referred to the law department, Srivastava added. Sources said the fire department has suggested that a similar criterion as the one adopted by the Goa police in recruitment of female officers be adopted for fire services also.

Home minister Ravi Naik said that induction of women in the force is crucial as they can be involved in rescue operations involving women casualties. All the 13 fire stations in the state will have women fire-fighters, he said.

At the moment there are 507 sanctioned posts in the fire department and all posts are filled by men. Based on the study conducted by the Administrative reforms study, the fire department has sent a proposal to the government to increase the staff strength to 700. "Once the sanction for 200 more personnel is granted by the government and recruitment rules are changed to appoint women, then we will earmark posts for women," added Menon.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

1 Minute To Save The World

To Youth Participation to UNFCCC Process,

I am writing to let you know about an exciting online environmental
awareness film competition that may be of interest to you. Our
submission deadline is January 17, 2011. If you could please post
information about our project, I would very grateful. I have attached
a description below. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate
to contact me.

All the best,
Michael Greenberg
Young filmmakers are being asked to take part in an international
film competition by entering 1minute films on regional climate
change. The films will be shown on the Internet, at targeted
political screenings and film festivals worldwide.

“These films are valuable public service announcements that need to be
seen!” said Juan Carlos Brandt of 2009 1 minute to save the world’s
winning films. (Chief of Advocacy, United Nations, Department of
Public Information)

2010 saw devastating heat and natural disasters, such as the floods in
Pakistan. It is more pertinent now than ever before for the global
community to share their stories and have their opinions seen and
heard in an expressive and collective way to promote tangible change.

Award winning film director and climate change activist Shekhar Kapur
(Elizabeth, Bandit Queen), Frank Oz (Star Wars, The Muppet Show) and
UNICEF’s Copenhagen 4, a group of young climate activists, are among
the competition’s impressive line-up of judges.

"The great thing about a one minute film is that it can be as pure and
passionate as an idea. It does not need to be polluted by becoming an
enterprise, a complexity or the desire to make it a work of art,”
Shekhar Kapur, judge for 1 Minute To Save The World.

Collaborating partners include Sony’s Open Planet Ideas, UNICEF,
United Nations Development Program, the British Council, The British
Film Institute (BFI) and Greenpeace.

Prizes for this year’s competition include a £5000 Youth Vision prize
by Artist Project Earth, and the latest digital technology from Sony,
the NEX VG10 camcorder, for the Best Film by a person under 18 years
of age.

“We hope that the global community of young filmmakers will be
inspired to give their creative feedback, ideas and messages and we
will be looking forward to seeing their 1minute films", said
Competition Director Jessica Dunlop. “Anyone can participate by
sharing the films with their online communities, commenting on the
films and voting for their favourites to win the Audience Award”

Advertisers and multinationals have long recognised the power that
just 60 seconds of film can have. The first 1minute competition took
place in the lead up to COP15 and were screened as part of the UN’s
public art exhibit in Copenhagen, in the House of Commons UK, and
online to an audience of over 11 million viewers with the aim of
swaying public opinion and political will.

1 minute to save the world 2009 received 203 films from 35 countries
76000 people from 176 countries voted for their favourite films
The winning films attracted a global audience of 11 million.

Michael Greenberg
Amsterdam Group
Public Relations Consultant/Liaison

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Make a 2 min film and maybe go to the Cannes Film Festival

Gorbatschow Pure Shots - Short Film Festival:

Make a short film of upto 2 minutes on the theme
"Whoever you are. Be Pure" & Visit Cannes Film Festival or
Make a short film with Mahesh Bhat
Last date for submission of films: 7th January 2011

For more info, visit the website

Invitation - National Convention of Youth Organizations

In this Issue of ICYO-Youth Information:

ICYO - Youth Information Newsletter

Indian Committee of Youth Organizations

Platform of 356 Youth Organizations in India

India's largest network of urban and rural youth

National Convention of Youth Organizations


Building Partnerships with

Youth Organizations for
Promoting Dialogue & Mutual Understanding


Invitation to Indian NGOs

The National Convention of Youth Organizations will be held from December 3 to 5, 2010 in Indore, M P. It is being organized by Indian Committee of Youth Organizations (ICYO), Aantar Bharati, MP, National Youth Project (NYP) and theme of the convention is 'Building Partnerships'. The 500 delegates from 200 youth serving organizations are expected to attend this mega event.

The United Nations observe the 2010 is as International Year of Youth with the theme 'Dialogue & Mutual Understanding'. The Convention will focus on theme and create the dialogue among the youth organizations and increase the understanding between youth organizations in India on youth development

We are all concerned that India is suffering violence, poverty & unemployment, economic disparity, corruption, addiction etc. As members of youth organizations, we together can contribute to make India a happy nation. The Indore Convention will be a step in that direction and hence its importance.

In keep view on above problem face by India youth, the Convention will focus it discuss on issue like - Peace and Non-Violence; Poverty; Unemployment; Corruption; Unhealthy habits.

We extend the invitation to youth servicing organizations in India to be part of the Convention and be part of process of make India a happy nation.

Formation of Youth Advisory Board (YAB)

Young people constitute important proportion of the population. The diversity and heterogeneity of the group also shares common concerns and need and have a different role and responsibilities. We believe that involving youth in the decision making process making them in the front of action will empower youth. ICYO initiate the process of formation of national level 'Youth Advisory Board'(YAB) which consultative group so that it helps in forming proper policy and programmes and also work out mechanism where youth get recognition in society especially in the youth organization that they are associated by initiating programmes and monitoring it as a follow-up of Indore Convention. Active youth will be selected to be part of the YAB.

The first formation meeting of will be held during the Convention. We extend the invitation to all youth serving organizations to attend the Convention and join hand to empower the young people to take new challenges and initiatives in coming days.

Please nominate Minimum two and maximum five delegates from your organization to attend the Indore Convention; it will be all the more welcome if it can be men and women representative both. The organizer will provide the simple group accommodation and food during the convention.

If two are more organizations are traveling in group of 5 (under 35 year of age) or more, can avail the 50% rail concession (for concession certificate etc contact organizer).

The token registration fees is Rs.50/- per organization payable on arrival.

Interested organizations can send the nominations to

For further detail, contact:

Indian Committee of Youth Organizations (ICYO)

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New Delhi 110029.

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Monday, December 6, 2010

Asia Pacific Community Fund is seeking young volunteers and organisations to award

Seeking Nominations for Emerging Leaders in Philanthropy!

The Asian Pacific Community Fund (APCF) and Asian Americans/ Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP) are seeking nominations for young individuals and organizations that have exemplified outstanding support for the Asian Pacific Islander community through their leadership and philanthropic efforts. Know someone that fits that description? Make a nomination for the 3rd Annual 2011 Emerging Leaders in Philanthropy Awards today!

Individual Awards

* Distinguished Leader in Philanthropy (Ages 18-24)
* “Russell Sakaguchi” Distinguished Leader in Philanthropy (Ages 25-35)

Leaders hold a vital position in motivating and inspiring others in the community. This award is given to an individual who has stood out as a strong and effective leader within an organization and whose volunteer philanthropic activities have helped to further the Asian Pacific Islander community in the greater Los Angeles area. Philanthropic activities may include raising funds for community causes/programs, contributing one’s own resources to help those in need and leading others to participate in such activities.
*One individual will be awarded per age category.
The “Russell Sakaguchi” Award recipient will also receive a $500 grant award to be given to a community organization serving the Asian and Pacific Islander community in the greater Los Angeles area. The organization must be a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization in good standing.
Organizational Awards

* Community Excellence Award (Collegiate)
* Community Excellence Award (Post-Grad/Professional)

Student and professional organizations provide a major avenue in getting people involved, informed and linked to a network of social support. This award is given to an organization that has displayed a continuous history of philanthropy and leadership to further the Asian Pacific Islander community in greater Los Angeles area. Philanthropic activities may include raising funds for community causes/programs, contributing one’s own resources to help those in need and leading others to participate in such activities.
*One organization will be awarded per category.

For more info, click here

WAVE videoblogger Apoorva's film selected for No Time Left int'l film festival

Apoorva Shaligram from Mumbai (Thane) made a wonderful animation film about the environment with the help of WAVE editor Pooja Iyengar from Delhi. It's been selected for the French-based No Time Left film festival which features eight short films created by prominent directors like Mira Nair, Gael Garcia Bernal, etc, making one film each about a millenium development goal.

Watch Apoorva's film here.

Friday, December 3, 2010

InnoCentive Video Challenge - $10,000 to the winner!

Challenge Overview
This is the Fourth Annual InnoCentive Video Challenge with the purpose of advancing InnoCentive’s mission, business model, and accomplishments.

For this Challenge, InnoCentive seeks a video whose goal is to drive InnoCentive market awareness and present a clear call to action around our 2011 theme, The Uniquely Prepared Mind.

InnoCentive will select the winning videos and there will be at least one guaranteed winner. The total award amount to all winning Solvers will be $10,000. The award for the first place video will be at least $5,000, and no award will be less than $1,000. In addition, the top 20 finalists will receive an InnoCentive, Inc. t-shirt. Winning videos may be used in future marketing campaigns, and the winning Solvers may be asked to participate in promotions on behalf of InnoCentive.

The winning videos will be a centerpiece for driving InnoCentive market awareness and Solver/Seeker registration. They will also meet the technical specifications outlined in the Detailed Description of the Challenge.

Everyone, including first-time Solvers, is invited to participate in this Challenge!

Note: The videos must only employ elements that their authors have either ownership of or can prove as being in the public domain. InnoCentive will retain exclusive IP rights to all winning videos, and they may be used in future marketing campaigns. The Winning Solvers may be asked to participate in promotions on behalf of InnoCentive.

Click here for more info

Arundhati Roy is being victimised by a State that's not in control

Dear Friends,

I have pasted below the speech that *Arundhati Roy *made at the the
`*Azadi' seminar *for which she and other speakers are being accused of*
"sedition"*. Those who are trying to have the speakers arrested are
spreading all kinds of rumours and falsehoods about the "provocative"
speeches made at that meeting. (Though, I firmly believe that in a
mature democracy you should be able to say absolutely anything without
fear of intimidation or reprisal.) Responding to a complaint made by one
*Mr. Sushil Pandit* (who I am told is a former campaign manager for
Arun Jaitley) the Police filed (PS Tilak Marg) a *Status Report* in
which they submitted that nothing that had been said at the meeting
could be deemed seditious. Despite the police report, the *Metropolitan
Magistrate Nivita Kumari Bagga* instructed the police to file an *FIR*
based on complaints made by Mr. Pandit.. As you all must have read in
the newspapers, an FIR has been filed against Roy and the other
speakers.Apart from the harassment that the speakers are being subjected
to, this development seriously threatens our right to free speech and
the very foundations of a democracy. *Therefore, please read the
transcript for yourself so that you know exactly what is being
considered "seditious". **Do feel free to share it with those who might
be interested. I only urge that you forward the speech in its entirety. *


Shohini Ghosh



SAR GEELANI: now I request Arundhati Roy to come and speak.

*AR*: If anybody has any shoes to throw, please throw them now ..

Some PPl in the audience: we‚re cultured∑etc..etc

*AR: *Good, I‚m glad. I‚m glad to hear that. Though being cultured is
not necessarily a good thing. But anyway..

[interruption from some ppl in the audience (inaudible in the video)]

SAR GEELANI: please will you talk afterwards. Now prove that you are

*AR: *About a week or 10 days ago, I was in Ranchi where there was a
Peoples‚ Tribunal against Operation Green Hunt˜ which is the Indian
state‚s war against the poorest people in this country˜and at that
tribunal, just as I was leaving, a TV journalist stuck a mic in my face
and very aggressively said „Madam, is Kashmir an integral part of India
or not? Is Kashmir an integral part of India or not?‰ about 5 times. So
I said, look Kashmir has never been an integral part of India. However
aggressively and however often you want to ask me that. Even the Indian
government has accepted, in the UN that it‚s not an integral part of
India. So why are we trying to change that narrative now. See in 1947,
we were told that India became a sovereign nation and a sovereign
democracy, but if you look at what the Indian state did from midnight of
1947 onwards, that colonized country, that country that became a country
because of the imagination of its colonizer˜the British drew the map of
India in 1899˜ so that country became a colonizing power the moment it
became independent, and the Indian state has militarily intervened in
Manipur, in Nagaland, in Mizoram.. (Someone‚s phone rings here).. in
Mizoram, in Kashmir, in Telangana, during the Naxalbari uprising, in
Punjab, in Hyderabad, in Goa, in Junagarh. So often the Indian
government, the Indian state, the Indian elite, they accuse the
Naxalites of believing in protracted war, but actually you see a
State˜the Indian State˜that has waged protracted war against its own
people or what it calls its own people relentlessly since 1947, and when
you look at who are those people that it has waged war against˜ the
Nagas, the Mizos, the Manipuris, people in Assam, Hyderabad, Kashmir,
Punjab˜it‚s always a minority, the Muslims, the Tribals, the Christians,
the Dalits, the Adivasis, endless war by an upper caste Hindu state,
this is what is the modern history of our country. Now, in 2007, at the
time of the uprising in Kashmir against that whole acquisition of land
for the Amarnath Yatra, I was in Srinagar and I was walking down the
road and I met a young journalist, I think he was from Times of India,
and he said to me˜he couldn‚t believe that he saw some Indian
person˜walking alone on the road˜ and he said, „can I have a quote?‰, so
I said, „yes, do you have a pen? Because I don‚t want to be misquoted‰
and I said, „write down˜India needs azaadi from Kashmir just as much as
Kashmir needs azaadi from India‰, and when I said India, I did not mean
the Indian state, I meant the Indian people because I think that the
occupation of Kashmir˜ today there are 700,000 security personnel
manning that valley of 12 million people˜ it is the most militarized
zone in the world˜ and for us, the people of India, to tolerate that
occupation is like allowing a kind of moral corrosion to drip into our
blood stream. So for me it‚s an intolerable situation to try and pretend
that it isn‚t happening even if the media blanks it out, all of us
know∑..or maybe all of us don‚t know∑.but any of us who‚ve visited
Kashmir know˜ that Kashmiris cannot inhale and exhale without their
breath going through the barrel of an AK-47. So, so many things have
been done there, every time there‚s an election and people come out to
vote, the Indian government goes and says˜„Why do you want a referendum?
There was a vote and the people have voted for India.‰ Now, I actually
think that we need to deepen our thinking a little bit because I too am
very proud of this meeting today, I think it‚s a historic meeting in
some ways, it‚s a historic meeting taking place in the capital of this
very hollow superpower, a superpower where 830 million people live on
less than 20 rupees a day. Now, sometimes it‚s very difficult to know
from what place one stands on as formally a citizen of India, what can
one say, what is one allowed to say, because when India was fighting for
independence from British colonization˜ every argument that people now
use to problematize the problems of azaadi in Kashmir were certainly
used against Indians. Crudely put, „the natives are not ready for
freedom, the natives are not ready for democracy‰, but every kind of
complication was also true, I mean the great debates between Ambedkar
and Gandhi and Nehru ˆ they were also real debates and over these last
60 years whatever the Indian State has done, people in this country have
argued and debated and deepened the meaning of freedom. We have also
lost a lot of ground because we‚ve come to a stage today where India a
country that once called itself Non Aligned , that once held its head up
in pride has today totally lain down prostrate on the floor at the feet
of the USA. So we are a slave nation today, our economy is
completely˜however much the Sensex may be growing, the fact is the
reason that the Indian police, the paramilitary and soon perhaps the
army will be deployed in the whole of central India is because it‚s an
extractive colonial economy that‚s being foisted on us. But the reason
that I said what we need to do is to deepen this conversation is because
it‚s also very easy for us to continue to pat ourselves on the backs as
great fighters for resistance for anything whether it‚s the Maoists in
the forests or whether it‚s the stone pelters on the streets˜ but
actually we must understand that we are up against something very
serious and I‚m afraid that the bows and arrows of the Adivasis and the
stones in the hands of the young people are absolutely essential but
they are not the only thing that‚s going to win us freedom, and for that
we need to be tactical, we need to question ourselves, we need to make
alliances, serious alliances∑. Because∑ I often say that in 1986 when
capitalism won its jihad against soviet communism in the mountains of
Afghanistan, the whole world changed and India realigned itself in the
unipolar world and in that realignment it did two things, it opened two
locks , one was the lock of the Babri Masjid and one was the lock of the
Indian markets and it ushered in two kinds of totalitarianism- Hindu
fascism, Hindutva fascism and economic totalitarianism and both these
manufactured their own kinds of terrorism ˜so you have Islamist
„terrorists‰ and the Maoist „terrorists‰˜ and this process has made 80%
of this country live on 20 rupees a day but it has divided us all up and
we spend all our time fighting with each other when in fact there should
be deep solidarity. There should be deep solidarity between the
struggles in Manipur, the struggles in Nagaland, the struggle in
Kashmir, the struggle in central India and in all the poor, squatters,
the vendors , all the slum dwellers and so on. But what is it that
should link these struggles? It‚s the idea of Justice because there can
be struggles which are not struggles for justice, there are peoples
movements like the VHP is a peoples movement˜but it‚s a struggle for
fascism, it‚s a struggle for injustice, we don‚t align ourselves with
that. So every movement, every person on the street, every slogan is not
a slogan for justice. So when I was in Kashmir on the streets during the
Amarnath Yatra time, and even today˜ I haven‚t been to Kashmir recently˜
but I‚ve seen and my heart is filled with appreciation for the struggle
that people are waging, the fight that young people are fighting and I
don‚t want them to be let down. I don‚t want them to be let down even by
their own leaders because I want to believe that this fight is a fight
for justice. Not a fight in which you pick and choose your justices˜„we
want justice but it‚s ok if the other chap is squashed‰. That‚s not
right. So I remember when I wrote in 2007, I said the one thing that
broke my heart on the streets of Srinagar, was when I heard people say
„Nanga Bhooka Hindustan, jaan se pyaara Pakistan‰. I said „No. Because
the Nanga Bhooka Hindustan is with you. And if you‚re fighting for a
just society then you must align yourselves with the powerless‰, the
Indian people here today are people who have spent their lives opposing
the Indian state. I have, as many of you may know, been associated for a
long time with the struggle in the Narmada valley against big dams and I
always say that I think so much about these two valleys - the Kashmir
valley and the Narmada valley. In the Narmada valley, they speak of
repression, but perhaps the people don‚t really know what repression is
because they‚ve not experienced the kind of repression that there is in
the Kashmir valley. But they have a very very very sophisticated
understanding of the economic structures of the world of imperialism and
of the earth and what it does and how those big dams create an
inequality that you cannot get away from. And in the Kashmir valley you
have such a sophisticated understanding of repression, 60 years of
repression of secret operations, of spying, of intelligence operations,
of death, of killing. But have you insulated yourself from that other
understanding, of what the world is today? What these economic
structures are? What kind of Kashmir are you going to fight for? Because
we are with you in that fight, we are with you. But we want, we hope
that it‚ll be a fight for justice. We know today that this word
Œsecularism‚ that the Indian state flings at us is a hollow word because
you can‚t kill 68,000 Kashmiri Muslims and then call yourself a secular
state. You cannot allow the massacre of Muslims in Gujarat and call
yourself a secular state and yet /you/ can‚t then turn around and say
that „we are allowed to treat our minorities badly „˜so what kind of
justice are you fighting for? I hope that the young people will deepen
their idea of Azaadi, it is something that the State and your enemies
that you‚re fighting uses to divide you. That‚s true.

[Some ppl in theAudience: „Do you know what happened to the pundits?(not
very audible)..etc ..etc..]

*AR: *I know the story of the Kashmiri pundits. I also know that the
story that these Panun Kashmir pundits put out is false. However, this
does not mean that injustice was not done.

[Ppl in Audience: interrupting and inaudible, all taking at the same
time∑ „do you know how many hindus were killed?‰∑ commotion.. no one
can hear anyone].

*AR: *I think∑ok let me continue.. [part of the crowd arguing loudly]..

SAR GEELANI: I request everyone to please sit.

*AR: *Alright, I want to say that, I think this disturbance is based on
a misunderstanding, because I was beginning to talk about justice and in
that conversation about justice, I was just about to say that what
happened with the Kashmiri pundits is a tragedy, so I don‚t know why you
all started shouting, I think it‚s a tragedy because when we stand here
and talk about justice, it is justice for everybody, and those of us who
stand here and talk about their being a place for everybody whether
there‚s a minority whether it‚s an ethnic minority or a religious
minority or minority in terms of caste, we don‚t believe in
majoritarianism so that‚s why I was talking about the fact that
everybody in Kashmir should have a very deep discussion about what kind
of society you‚re fighting for because Kashmir is a very diverse
community and that discussion does not have to come from critics or
people who are against azaadi trying to divide this struggle , it has to
come from within you so it is not the place of people outside to say
„they don‚t know what they mean by azaadi, do they mean Gilgit and
Baltistan, what about Jammu? What about Laddakh?‰ These are debates that
people within the state of J&K are quite capable of having by themselves
and I think they understand that. So, to just try and derail things by
shouting at people is completely pointless because I think that people,
the pundits in Kashmir, all the time I‚ve spent in Kashmir, have only
heard people say they are welcome back and I know people who live there,
who believe that too, so all I want to say is that when we are having
these political debates, I feel I have watched and have been listening
to and following the recent uprising in Kashmir, the fact that unarmed
people, young people armed with stones, women, even children are out on
the streets facing down this massive army with guns is something that
nobody in the world cannot help but salute. However it is up to the
people who are leading this struggle, it is up to the people who are
thinking to take it further, because you cannot just leave it there˜
because the Indian state, you know what its greatest art is˜ it‚s not
killing people ˆ that‚s its second greatest art, the first greatest art
is to wait, to wait and wait and wait and hope that everybody‚s energies
will just go down. Crisis management, sometimes it‚s an election,
sometimes it‚s something else, but the point is that people have to look
at more than a direct confrontation on the streets. You have to ask
yourselves why˜the people of Nagaland must ask themselves why there‚s a
Naga battalion committing the most unbelievable atrocities in
Chhatisgarh. After spending so much time in Kashmir watching the CRPF
and the BSF and the Rashtriya Rifles lock down that valley, the firat
time I went to Chhattisgarh, on the way I saw Kashmiri BSF, Kashmiri
CRPF on the way to kill people in Chhatisgarh. You‚ve got to ask
yourself˜ there‚s more to resistance than throwing stones˜ these things
can‚t be allowed to happen˜ „how is the state using people?‰ The
colonial state whether it was the British State in India or whether it‚s
the Indian State in Kashmir or Nagaland or in Chattisgarh, they are in
the business of creating elites to manage their occupations, so you have
to know your enemy and you have to be able to respond in ways where
you‚re tactical, where you‚re intelligent, where you‚re political˜
internationally, locally and in every other way˜ you have to make your
alliances, because otherwise you‚ll be like fish swimming furiously
around a fish tank bombing the walls and getting tired in the end
because those walls are very very strong. So I‚ll just leave with this:
Think about justice and don‚t pick and choose your injustices, don‚t say
that „I want justice but it‚s ok if the next guy doesn‚t have it, or the
next woman doesn‚t have it‰. Because justice is the keystone to
integrity and integrity is the key stone to real resistance.

Thank you.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Apoorva Shaligram's 'One Morning at a Museum' selected by international No Time Left festival!

Congratulations Apoorva! Her video will be judged by a professional jury in a festival featuring 8 films on the millenium development goals by filmmakers like Mira Nair and Gael Garcia Bernal among many others!

Watch One Morning at a Museum here.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Bangalore girl rescues women stuck in sex trade in Goa despite threats

Experience Rescuing Teenagers Caught in Sex Trafficking Motivates
Student's Research

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- When University at Buffalo School of Social Work
doctoral candidate Bincy Wilson tried to rescue teenage women from
sexual trade slavery working the streets of Goa, India, she was the
frequent target of threats made by the pimps -- some of them family
members of the women -- whose livelihood relied on keeping these women
in sexual servitude.

( - BUFFALO, N.Y. -- When University at Buffalo
School of Social Work doctoral candidate Bincy Wilson tried to rescue
teenage women from sexual trade slavery working the streets of Goa,
India, she was the frequent target of threats made by the pimps --
some of them family members of the women -- whose livelihood relied on
keeping these women in sexual servitude.

"Threats, oh yes, they were part of the job," says Wilson, who
recently finished two international conferences in which she presented
on the need for trans-cultural holistic interventions for women
exiting the sex trade, and the traumatic experiences of women in the
trade. "You don't stay put fearing for your own life when there is a
need to rescue others. We worked in this field because we were
passionate about what we did, and the smile of hope on the emancipated
victims' faces is worth the risk taken."

Wilson, 27, has tapped into the experiences of her young life for her
study at UB. A native of Bangalore, India, Wilson spent three years in
Goa assisting women in finding alternatives to working in the sex
trade. More recently as a therapist at "SAGE," an agency with a
similar mission in San Francisco, she was able to address the
traumatization in this prostitute population -- which has fueled her
interest and sense of urgency in her research.

She intends to use the knowledge gained from her research to help
organizations develop good interventions and other ways to provide
services to victims of sex trafficking.

Essential in Wilson's research is the fact that sex trafficking is
both a worldwide and dramatically increasing problem. A 2010 report
prepared by the U.S. Department of State Government concluded the
numbers of people -- mostly women -- involved in human trafficking had
increased by 59 percent in the past two years. The International Labor
Organization estimates that there are at least 12.3 million adults and
children who are trafficked for forced labor, bonded labor and sex
trade. And the problem extends across the globe, from developed to
developing countries, according to Wilson's research.

"Sex trafficking is a global social justice issue," Wilson said in her
presentation, "Developing Interventions for Women Exiting the Sex
Trade: Societal Perspectives," that she and Barbara Rittner, associate
dean for external affairs in the UB School of Social Work, delivered
at the annual Conference on Human Trafficking, Prostitution and Sex
Work held at the University of Toledo. "Whatever attention it receives
is driven by the rapidly increasing numbers of people being trafficked
internationally and by ( medical and health ) concerns about sexually
transmitted disease such as HIV/AIDS associated with the trade."

"Working with Bincy created an important shift in my thinking," says
Rittner. "Most of my work has been with children in foster care in the
states, many of whom had mothers in the sex trade, and many of my
female adolescent foster children were runaways recruited into the sex
trade from the streets.

"The work Bincy and I are doing has helped me think differently about
how women enter the trade, why they stay in the trade and why what
works in the West to encourage exit may not be workable in the East or
subcontinent India. This is what makes working with international
doctoral students so exciting."

Wilson's two academic presentations, including a recent presentation
in Atlanta, tapped into her unique mix of scholarly expertise and
experiences. They were lessons from the years she and her coworkers
intervened in the lives of young women -- many still in their teens --
trying to escape lives of prostitution and exploitation from pimps,
who sometimes were their husbands and family members. She was program
manager at an Indian organization Arz, which translates to "Life
Without Injustice," in the Indian coastal city of Goa where she worked
as a counselor rehabilitating young women forced to work in the sex
trade for money.

"You see exploitation of these women in every way," says Wilson, who
came to Buffalo with her husband who also enrolled in a doctoral
program at UB. "Not only is the trauma associated with their
experience while in the sex trade, but it is also attached to their
past, even before they enter the trade. Most of them are coming from
lives of abuse, neglect and abject poverty, situations in which they
do not have a square meal or basic resources.

"The debilitating impact of being in the sex trade is visible not only
when they are in the sex trade, but also when they are trying to exit
the trade. You find them getting addicted to drugs or alcohol in order
to cope with the experience of sexual trauma, their health takes a
major toll on them with multiple abuses, abortions, miscarriages,
menstrual and gynecological problems. Most of the girls suffer from
post-traumatic stress disorder ( PTSD ), complex PTSD, dissociation,
depression, suicide attempts and severe anxiety. They experience
difficulty having a normal relationship because of their traumatic
sexual experience. When they are in a relationship with someone they
love, it becomes difficult for them to get intimate due to the sexual
trauma experienced while in the trade. They are often viewed as mere
sexual objects by men, and none care to know who they really are

While working for three years as a program manager in Goa, Wilson
helped establish an automatic laundry to give the sex trade workers an
alternative for making a living and a chance to be together for
support. She and her coworkers saw many success stories, she says, but
it's the failed ones that often linger most in her mind.

Three years ago, when she was 24, Wilson was working to rehabilitate
women working in the sex trafficking business in the infamous red
light district of Goa, a traditional destination for Indians and
international jetsetters. Thanks to their close ties to the community,
Wilson's colleagues heard about a young girl accompanied by a man who
had recently come to town, and the community identified the man as the
girl's husband.

A staff member brought the couple into Wilson's office, and the
husband told workers how they came from a poor background and were in
desperate need of money; that's why the girl was working as a
prostitute. Wilson's colleagues offered the cooperative laundromat as
an alternative, and at the same time contacted police to prosecute the
husband for trafficking his wife.

But there were delays in getting the police involved, Wilson
remembers. "The man wanted to leave and not have anything to do with
us," she says. "Then he said he wanted to take the girl to the doctor.
So I said I wanted to accompany them to the doctor. And he kept
insisting on me leaving on the way. But I knew once they left, we
would not have any trace of where they were going.

"I started going along with them. And the girl kept insisting I leave
because the husband was pressuring her and telling me to leave. All
the time, my colleagues were trying to get the magistrate and
anti-trafficking unit to come and catch these two."

On the way to the doctor's, the man said he needed to stop at his
house because they needed to get something there. So Wilson waited
outside and watched while the two went inside. "They exited through
the back door of the house," Wilson says. "By the time the
anti-trafficking force came, they had already escaped and we had no
trace of them."

Wilson never saw either of them again.

"I keep seeing that picture of the girl's face in my mind," Wilson
says. "Even now when I talk about it, I have a very strong image of
that girl looking so helpless and asking me to leave. She had this
look of fear, not only for herself but also for me, for something
happening to me, because I was traveling alone with them.

"She was very young, obviously a minor, very small build. She had this
jazzy lipstick on, trying to make her as attractive and marketable as

There are other stories, some much more successful. Wilson knows her
very first rescue victim is doing well. "She's getting married, she
has a baby girl," she says. "The last time I was in Goa I saw her.
It's really nice to see them leading a better life, one that is not

Success or disappointment, what she saw on the streets remains a major
motivation in her work at UB.

"Research is a product of my experience and the time working in the
field," says Wilson. "Whatever services are provided, something is
still missing because I see some women relapsing back into the same
life. I am really interested in exploring that missing factor."

The University at Buffalo is a premier research-intensive public
university, a flagship institution in the State University of New York
system and its largest and most comprehensive campus. UB's more than
28,000 students pursue their academic interests through more than 300
undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs. Founded in
1846, the University at Buffalo is a member of the Association of
American Universities.

Monday, November 22, 2010

First community radio service of NE launched - A victory for media democratisation!

The Assam Tribune, 22 Nov 2010

GUWAHATI, Nov 21 – Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Saturday launched the
first community radio service of the North East ‘Jnan Taranga’ under the
aegis of Krishnakanta Handique State Open University (KKHSOU) at a function
held at NEDFI House here, said a press release.
Lauding the initiative of KKHSOU for starting the first radio community
service in the region, Gogoi said that it would go a long way in educating
the students of the State and the region in different disciplines.

The Chief Minister said though there has been a spurt in the growth of TV
channels and Internet, radio still continues to remain a powerful medium of
communication. He said his Government would provide necessary assistance to
set up more radio stations across the State.

He suggested to the authorities of KKHSOU to start airing stories on the
successful entrepreneurs of the State and the region to motivate and inspire
the upcoming generation.

Underscoring the need for imparting education in tune with the times, Gogoi
asked the authorities of KKHSOU to introduce new subjects to attract more
and more students. “Knowledge is power and our biggest asset. A
knowledge-based society can contribute more than anything else towards the
rapid progress and development of a society,” he said adding that his
Government has given added thrust to education in the last nine years.

Speaking on the occasion, Vice Chancellor of KKHSOU, Prof Shrinath Baruah
said that with the launch of the first community radio service, the
university is now looking forward to starting such service in Lakhimpur
Girls’ College and Garhgaon College. The Ministry of I&B has accorded
necessary approval to start such service in the two colleges.

Baruah further said the university plans to set up 30 study centres in
educational institutions and would air programmes from the headquarters
through BSNL line on lease. “A web portal is also on the anvil in 2011. It
will enable students to download learning materials both print and visual,”
he added.

Vice Chancellor, Gauhati University, Okhil Kr. Medhi, Director, Distance
Education, RR Rosiah and former deputy director, Prachar Bharati, RN
Chakraborty also spoke on the occasion.

‘Jnan Taranga’ which was aired on an experimental basis on January 28, 2009
on 90.4 FM, will be available on the same frequency daily from 5 pm to 7 pm,
morning 6 to 8 and in the afternoon from 12 to 2.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

What a shame - WAVE camera lost in Bilaspur, Chhatisgarh

It makes me sad to narrate this story but I felt that I should share it in the hope that this doesn't happen again.

Priti Jain was the selected trainee from Chhatisgarh recommended by Bhupesh Vaishnav of NGO Shikhar Yuva Manch. She was given a video camera, mic and tripod just like all 29 other main candidates selected for the 9 month mentorship program. Upon returning to Bilaspur, she made a few videos with their help after returning from the WAVE training in Goa. But it was always a struggle from our side to gather pieces of information needed to finish editing the videos they sent us.

Towards the end of the 9 month term, we informed them that we were looking for another organisational partner in Chhatisgarh as our aim was to change partners in order to allow other NGOs the benefit of free video training. Sometime after this, we were called by Bhupesh Vaishnav and told that Priti Jain had come into the office when he was away in Delhi and had taken away the camera. When we called Priti, she said this was not true and that she thinks the other two male staff working at SYM may have stolen the camera while Bhupesh was away and are now trying to pin the blame on her.

We were left disappointed and defeated. There was no way we could find out the truth from such a distance and now we didn't even have the funds to replace the camera. What's worse is that we weren't able to find another organisational partner in Chhatisgarh that could house our camera and do a better job than SYM.

I hope this story points out the grave need for honest and responsible NGOs all around the country. If only some of the mining profits from tribal states like Chhatisgarh could be directed to this cause...

Sapna Shahani.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

A virtual look at an exhibition featuring WAVE and Point of View at Open Space, Pune

Thank you Imran for taking these pictures and organising this!

WAVErs can also check them on our Facebook page...

Also, here's a direct link to WAVE partner org Point of View's photographs by Muslim women exploring spaces in a series called Sculpting Lives, done in collaboration with Aawaz-e-Niswaan.

Monday, November 8, 2010

The Architecture of Erotica - conference on art and erotica in India @ JNU

It's nice to see a conference of this kind because it means we're opening up about discussing sex in India. I think when society discusses sex in a healthy and balanced way, there will be less repression of desires which boils over into eve-teasing, violent acts against women, etc.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Vacancy: Project manager, Point of View

Application Deadline: 15 November 2010

About Us
Point of View is a Mumbai-based non-profit organization that brings the points of view of women into the public domain through media, art and culture. We work across five program areas:
Fighting for Headspace: Placing the broad concept of gender in the public domain
Pushing the Boundaries: Putting forward the realities of women in sex work in their own voices

Speaking in Tongues: Highlighting marginalized realities related to gender and HIV, sexuality, mental health, migration, body image etc
Defending Our Bodies: Enabling women to speak out about and prevent domestic violence
Changing the Lens: Building the art and media capacities of grassroots women
Our work is carried out in collaboration with grassroots NGOs and blends gender and sexuality content with media, art and culture forms and platforms. These include photo, video, theatre, text, festivals, new media, interactive games etc.

We are a lean organization with a staff of less than nine. Our work style is not rooted in a 9 to 5 job ethic, but in a bottom-up collaborative culture that offers freedom and flexibility and demands delivery and accountability.

Job Description
Point of View is looking for a Project Manager who will actively manage the execution of our ongoing domestic violence project: Act Against Domestic Violence: The Law Is On Your Side.

The project aims to enable women in Mumbai to speak out about, act against, and prevent domestic violence. We are working with diverse constituencies to make this happen: community activists in slum areas, young people in colleges, health workers in hospitals, and the amorphous ‘general public’ in its many avatars.

Leading a small team, the Project Manager would work with these constituencies to systematically drive this project forward.

Essential Candidate Skills
1. A track record of successful project management

2. Atleast five years of work experience in the non-profit sector

3. Creative approaches to outreach and dissemination

4. Strong interpersonal skills

5. An ability to work collaboratively and equitably with diverse constituencies: grassroots, college students, health workers, community activists etc

6. Solid grounding in women’s rights, including violence against women

7. An ability to lead, guide and mentor a small work team while giving each person space and direction to develop

Ideally, we’d like an energetic, enthusiastic person who is detail-oriented and takes pride in getting things done well.

Job Location

Competitive salaries within the non-profit sector, flexi-time work options

To Point of View's Executive Director

Application requirements and deadlines
To apply, please email an updated resume/CV and a brief cover note to by 15 Nov 2010.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Deshpande fellowship for social entrepreneurs - deadline Nov 10

From their website, click here for more info.

The Deshpande Fellowship Program is currently accepting applications for its next cohort of fellows. The fellowship consists of a seven-month program geared towards providing a budding batch of social entrepreneurs with the skills they need to create positive change in society. This unique opportunity grants fellows a hands-on learning experience in matters relating to existing best practices, leading social change models, as well as opportunities to interact with successful social innovators. Applicants can be from any part of India, but must be prepared to stay in the “Sandbox (Hubli)” for the duration of the fellowship. The application deadline is November 10, 2011.

Eligibility Criteria:We want leaders who
Desire to create lasting social change
Are between 21-28 years of age (preferred)
Have earned a graduate or post-graduate degree
Have at least 1 year work experience in the development sector (however, fresher's with exceptional passion are also encouraged to apply!)
Women are encouraged to apply

The Deshpande Foundation: Founded in 1996 by Jaishree and Gururaj Deshpande, the Foundation is a leading philanthropic organization in Massachusetts, USA and India in the areas of innovation, entrepreneurship and international development. We believe in creating sustainable social change, and we take a hands-on approach with our grant partners to help them achieve their objectives.

The Deshpande Fellowship Program: DFP is a dynamic, intense, and interactive training program designed to produce successful social entrepreneurs. Through a comprehensive combination of modules and practical experiences, Fellows will learn existing best practices and engage with leaders in the field of social entrepreneurship as well as notable local innovators in order to develop a working knowledge of leading social change models. The program will leverage this theoretical framework to aid each participant in the creation of an individualized proposal for social change. Fellows will be expected to implement their innovations with partner institutions.

Tuition: Tuition fee is Rs. 35,000 for the 7 month Fellowship.

Stipend: A stipend is granted based on performance. Each Fellow can earn up to
Rs. 35,000 per fellowship period.

Loan: Bank loan provision available to the selected fellows.

Selection: Selection is determined by a candidate’s application, a reasoning test,
a group discussion and a personal interview.

Deadline: Apply by Nov 10, 2010.

Contact/Questions: Email if you have any questions or to request an application. You may submit the completed application either by email or by mailing a hard copy to the address below.

Shortlisted applicants will be asked to mail hard copies of two recommendation letters.

For details call: Chinnababu - 9740011883 / Uma—9686113995

To apply for the Deshpande Fellowship Program, you may either download the below application and submit the completed copy to, or you may print it and mail a hard copy to the address given below.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Please vote for WAVE videos in the Womens Voices Now festival!

Four of our films have been selected for the Women's Voices Now film festival based in New York. The award funds can help us sustain our project.

The films are:
In Limbo: Kashmir's Half Widows
Campaign Reservation Express
Whose Honour?
Jazbaa (A Strong Will)
Land of Dragons

Please click here and vote for them:

Also read about WAVE on the WVN blog here.

Thank you!

WAVE Director Sapna Shahani has been selected for World Pulse's Voices of the Future web 2.0 training program!

I feel so fortunate to be one of 30 women selected internationally for this unique 5 month mentorship program where we are teamed up one-on-one with a mentor and guided towards our goals! We also learn about citizen journalism and web 2.0 and are teamed up with an 'editorial midwife' (love that title!) who will give me feedback about my writing.

I am so glad that I had the opportunity to set up WAVE and now I am able to participate in all these enabling activities to help me reach higher and achieve more...


Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Government of India funds for documentary films - deadline Nov 20


Dated the 22ND October 2010

Films Division

Ministry of Information &

Government of India

24-Dr.G.Deshmukh Marg, Mumbai-26


The Director General, Films Division, Ministry of Information
and Broadcasting, Government of India, 24-Dr. Gopalrao Deshmukh Marg,
Mumbai-400 026 invites sealed proposals in two bid system from the
interested Independent Producers working in the field of production of
Documentary films for production of Documentary films on contract
basis, as follows:-

Films up to 3 minutes duration in Eastman Colour in 35mm size conveying
social message for release in theaters and telecast on different
channels / media.

Films of 26/52 Minutes duration in Digital format for telecast on TV

The details of forms/particulars/terms & conditions are
available in our website or can be collected from
Films Division, Mumbai Tel.No.23510461 Ext. 600 & 601/23521717/23513176

The proposal complete in all respect to be submitted to the
Director General, Films Division, Ministry of Information and
Broadcasting, Government of India, 24-Dr.G.Deshmukh Marg, Mumbai-400026
latest by 20th November 2010. Applicants residing in North East, Jammu
& Kashmir, Andaman Nicobar Islands, Lakshdeep islands, Daman & Diu may
submit their applications by (last date + 15 days) i.e 6th December,

Director General


Reference No.15/17/2010-FDP Dated the 22nd October 2010
Films Division
Ministry of Information & Broadcasting
Government of India
24-Dr.G.Deshmukh Marg, Mumbai-26

Tender Enquiry For Inviting The Sealed Proposals From Outside Producers
For Production Of Documentary Films .
Films Division is the Central Film producing organization of the
Government of India under Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. It
is responsible for production and distribution of documentaries and
other films required by the Government of India for public information,
education, and motivation for instructional and cultural purposes.
Films Division is having its main office at Mumbai and three production
centers at New Delhi, Kolkata and Bangalore. Also having ten
Distribution Branch Offices located at capital/cosmopolitan cities of
the country. Newsreel Officers (Now called as Chief Cameramen) and
Assistant Newsreel Officers have also been posted at State capitals to
cover the important events taken place in the state etc.

Aim and Objective of Films Division.
The aim of the Films Division is to mobilize the use of the
dynamic medium of the film to disseminate information to the broadest
spectrum of the Indian and foreign audiences and to focus attention on
important aspects of country's life with a view to bringing about
enlightened participation in the affairs of the nation and objective
appreciation of facts, events and personalities.

Production of Documentary Films
Yet another aim of the Films Division is to assist the growth
and development of the documentary film as a medium of education and
communication. In order to promote, provide and impetus to the
documentary movement in the country, Govt. had formulated a Plan Scheme
"Production of Documentary Films" for production of quality films
exclusively through outside producers.

The Director General, Films Division, on behalf of the President
of India, therefore invites proposals from Independent Producers
working in the field of producing Documentary Films for Production of
Documentary Films for and on behalf of Government of India on following
terms and conditions:-
* The film will be commissioned by Films Division to outside
producers using its established process and procedures that will ensure
transparency, quality and credibility to empower film makers to work to
the best international standards.
* The Government will not interfere with the independence of
the Producer who will express his/her creativity and ideas. However the
films so produced shall conform to the rules and regulations pertaining
to broadcasting, film certification etc. in force from time to time.
* Films up to 3 minutes duration (Live/Animation) in Eastman
Color in 35mm size conveying social message (s) on the following
subjects, for release in theatres and telecast on different channels /
Social Justice
Health & Family Welfare
Women & Child Development
Panchayat Raj
Agriculture & Rural Development
Promotion of Tourism
Sarava Shiksha Abhiyan
Road Safety
Civic Sense
Organ Donation
Water Shortage (Save Water) / Water Harvesting
Dowry & Child Marriage
Communal Harmony and National Integration
Global warming
Child Labour
Social Evil
Anti Terrorism
Social Unrest
Crime Against Women
* Documentary Films of 26/52 Minutes duration in Digital format
to meet appropriate television time slots of TV channels on the
following subjects:-
Agriculture ( Farming/Forestry/Horticulture/Animal Husbandry/Misc)
Archaeology & Monuments
Health, Community development & Co-operation
Cottage Industry
Art & Culture
Food & Festivals
Natural Resources
Trade & Commerce
Social Welfare
Rehabilitations & Employment
Geography & Travel
Education & Youth activities
History/Freedom Struggle
Eminent Personalities etc.
* The films may be produced either in English or Hindi
language. The dialogues/talkie in any regional language should be

* While the production of the film is to be completed within
four months from the date of signing of the agreement. The production
of the film will be strictly governed by the terms and conditions
contained in the Agreement that the producer has to enter into with
Films Division.

* The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has constituted
a committee to evaluate the application / proposals received and
shortlist the proposals based on the suitability of the subjects,
duration and budget of the film, merits, experience and credibility of
the producer etc. The selection process will be transparent and beyond
the controversy.

* Films Division will have the copy rights and ownership of the

* A panel of experts & other criteria subject to the findings
with regard to its offer price.

* No members or associate of a member of the Ministry of
Information and Broadcasting/Films Division/Organization and any
employee or member of any committee of these bodies shall be eligible
to produce any of the programmes under this scheme, unless specifically
agreed to in writing by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting
and the Films Division.

* Only one film at a time will be assigned to a producer during
a financial year.

* Proposals from producers/applicants who are yet to complete a
project assigned to them earlier will not be considered for fresh
assignment until the same has been completed in all respects and
accepted by Films Division.

* Films Division will provide necessary funds to the producers
for production of films. The funds will be provided in accordance with
the terms of the agreement entered into with the Films Division.

* The production of the film will be governed by the terms and
conditions contained in the model Agreement of the Films Division.

* Necessary Income-Tax at source under Section 194-C of the
Income Tax Act will be deducted from the payments to be made to the

* The committee constituted for the purpose will evaluate the
scripts / synopsis/Budget submitted by the applicants.

* The budget submitted by the producers will be scrutinized by
costing committee of Films Division, after short listing of proposal
for production is completed. However not more than Rs. 5.00 Lakhs for a
26 mins. duration film and Rs. 9.00 Lakhs for 52 mins. duration film
will be provided for the production of the film in Digital format and
on case to case basis for social message film in 35mm celluloid format.

* A list of films on various subjects already assigned as a
result of proposals/applications invited last vide advertisement dated
the 3rd October 2008 is annexed herewith as Annexure 'A' to avoid
duplication of the proposal.

* Proposal is to be submitted in two bid system i.e. Part-I
Technical Bid and Part-II Financial Bid.

* The validity of the proposal Bid) should be up to six months
from the closing date of receipt of proposals.

* Both the bids may be submitted in separate covers.
* Both the envelops should again be seated in one cover super
scribing "Proposal for Production of Documentary Film of ___ mins.
duration on_______________________" and it should be addressed to the
Director General, Films Division, Ministry of Information and
Broadcasting, Government of India, 24-Dr.G.Deshmukh Marg, Mumbai-400026.
* The following documents should be enclosed with Part-I
i.e.Technical Bid :-
Bio-data of the producer with details of documentary films produced
during the last 5 years.
Address for communication which includes Pin code No.of City, Phone No,
Mobile no. Fax No, E-Mail Address.
Synopsis of proposed subject in one page.
Treatment of the film in one page.
Script of the film containing - visuals, commentary, effects & music.
Line of Approach in the prescribed format.
2% Bid Security (Earnest Money Deposit) of the total budget of the film
submitted in financial bid in the form of Pay Order/Demand Draft drawn
in favour of Accounts Officer, Films Division, Mumbai payable at
Mumbai. Bid security will be returned to unsuccessful producers after
expiry of the validity period of the proposal (Bid) i.e. six months
from the closing date of the receipt of proposals or on finalization of
the proposals whichever is later.
Proposal/application processing fee Rs.1500/- (Rupees One Thousand Five
Hundred only) which is non-refundable, in the form of either Pay Order
or Demand Draft drawn in favour of the Accounts Officer, Films
Division, Mumbai payable at Mumbai.
Proposal/application submitted without accompanying with Pay
Order/Demand draft of processing fee as well as Bid Security (Earnest
Money Deposit) will be rejected and no any correspondence will be
entertained in such matter. No cash payment will be accepted. Also
cheques will not be accepted.
* The following documents should also be enclosed as Part-II
i.e. Financial Bid :-
The Budget should be submitted in prescribed budget format of this
Division (Annexure-B)
The amount should be inclusive of all taxes which the producer may have
to pay such as Sales Tax, General Tax, Excise Duty etc.
Copy of PAN Card.
* Interested Producers, who would like to apply, may submit
their proposals in the prescribed formats as mentioned above.
* The proposals, complete in all respects, should be submitted
to the Director General, Films Division, Ministry of Information and
Broadcasting, Government of India, 24-Dr.G.Deshmukh Marg, Mumbai-400026
latest by 20th November 2010. Applicants residing in North East, Jammu
& Kashmir, Andaman Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep Islands, Daman & Diu
may submit their applications by (last date + 15 days) i.e. up to 6th
December 2010.
It may also be noted that:-
* Proposals received without the complete set of required
documents referred above and after due date will not be considered.

* The department shall not be responsible for delay, loss or
non-receipt of application through post/Courier.

* The Director General, Films Division reserves the right to
cancel any or all proposals without assigning any reason.

* The Producer who had already submitted proposal/treatment
etc. in the past, on the above subject has to submit fresh proposal.

* Successful Producer will have to deposit Performance Security
Deposit of 5% of contracted amount at the time of acceptance of the
assignment as per rules in force.

Director General

Please Click Here for ANNEXURE-A List of films on various subjects
already assigned as a result of proposals invited last vide
advertisement published on 03.10.2008 by Films Division

Please Click Here for ANNEXURE-B Independent Producer's Budget :

Tentative Title of working title :
i)Classification :
ii)Central Idea underlying the film in detail :
Type of Audience :
Subject Specialist :
Name(s) of place(s) suggested for shooting :
Best month for shooting :
Type (B&W or Colour) :
Gauge (35mm or 16mm or both or Video) :
Language(version required) :
Duration :
Completion date in all respect of Films Division :
Month suitable for release of the films :
No. of prints required :
Mode of payment :
Synopsis of the subject :

Signature of Producer

Monday, November 1, 2010

Introducing Nidhi Minj, WAVE intern

Nidhi Minj just graduated in mass media, journalism from Mumbai University, R.D National College Bandra.

She is interested in photography, film making, freelance journaling. Her hobbies include dancing, travelling, learning languages.

Loves trekking in the monsoon and a complete foodie :)

Saturday, October 30, 2010

WAVE's been nominated for a Manthan award in E-Learning!

Yaayyyy! Check out the great company we're in on the Manthan website.

We will be going to Delhi to receive a certificate as finalists or a trophy as winners, which will be announced at the event!

We may also be speaking or showcasing WAVE videos at the International Summit on Digital Content & Services and Manthan Award South Asia Gala scheduled on Dec 17-18, 2010 in New Delhi, India.

We'd like to thank all our WAVE participants for their hard work blogging on video for their communities which has been collectively recognised :)

Friday, October 29, 2010

Vote for Manipuri film "April 6th" online at

This was emailed to WAVE videoblogger Salam Babina Devi:

Dear All

Please vote for documentary film “April 6th”. This is a shooting
poverty online voting competition by Oxfam International. The film is
about the victims of arm violence and extrajudicial killings in
Manipur, India. Please forward this message to all your friends,
relatives and organization.

You vote like this:
1) go to
2) select the film April 6th
3) click on any of the small symbols and vote by sharing the film on
twitter/facebook/digg or orkut

And then tell everyone to do the same!

Thank you all with regards
Chandam Netraj
(Director of the film)

BBC feature on Gurgaon Community Radio

From the CR forum list:
BBC Hindi has done a feature on Gurgaon Ki Awaaz Samudayik Radio Station. Also features Sajan Venniyoor as spokesperson for CR Forum.

Audio feature at:

Written online story at:

Arti Jaiman

Station Director : Gurgaon Ki Awaaz Samudayik Radio Station 107.8 MHz FM

Gurgaon Ki Awaaz is the first and only civil-society-led community radio station in the National Capital Region of Delhi. We broadcast 24X7, in Hindi and Haryanvi, with a team of community reporters, generating community content, and community participation.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Pulitzer Crisis Reporting Travel Grants

About: The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting provides travel grants to cover hard costs associated with upcoming travel for an international reporting project. Our ideal project offers print, photography, radio, and video.

The Center also provides travel grants to students at participating Campus Consortium schools. Learn more.

We also offer travel grants to non-native, English-speaking journalists. Learn about the Persephone Miel Fellowship.

Terms of travel grant: The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting funds international travel costs associated with reporting projects on topics and regions of global importance, with an emphasis on issues that have gone unreported or under-reported in the mainstream American media. The amount of individual travel grants will depend on the specific project and detailed budget planning. Most awards fall in the range of $2,000 to $10,000 but depending on project specifics may be as much as $20,000.

On approved projects, half of the grant amount is generally paid just before travel and the remainder on submission of the principal material for publication or broadcast. Specific grant terms are negotiated during the application process.

Distribution: Proposed projects must include a credible plan for broad dissemination of the resulting work in U.S. media (print and/or broadcast). Applicants should be able to demonstrate interest from editors and/or producers working in wide-reaching U.S. media outlets. The credibility of a distribution plan is generally most evident in an applicant's track-record working with the listed outlets. Please do not have editors send letters simply stating they would consider the work. Letters from editors and/or producers who have worked with you in the past, and are interested in working with you again, are encouraged.

Cross-Platform: The Pulitzer Center is increasingly seeking multi-media projects that combine print/photography and video to explore the issues. We encourage applicants to create partnerships with others and propose a complimentary suite of deliverables. If you are only working in one medium, you may still apply.

Eligibility: Grants are open to all journalists, writers, photographers, radio producers or filmmakers; staff journalists as well as free-lancers of any nationality are eligible to apply.

Paid artist residency for documentary filmmakers

Deadline: 31 October 2010 (1st cycle), 31 January 2011 (2nd cycle)


The Objectifs Artist-in-Residence programme is open to all photographers, filmmakers and mixed media artists who have photography and film incorporated into their work.

Our aim is to provide visual artists, who want to develop their craft, with a supportive platform,
conducive for the creation and development of new personal work. Being in a new environment allows artists to interact with the local arts community and exposes artists to a diversity of cultures and ideas.

During the residency period, the artist-in-residence is given access to the centre's available
equipments and facilities. The artist-in-residence is also entitled to observe up to three of the centre's regular activities.

The Objectifs Residency & Lab is supported by the National Art Council, Singapore.

Who can apply

We welcome all genres of film and photographer including, but not limited to:
Film: documentary, narrative, experimental, video art
Photography: documentary, fine art, conceptual, photojournalism
Mixed media artists who incorporate photography or film into their work
The residency period is 4 weeks, allowing artists time to develop and complete their projects. Artists can work on existing projects.

During the residency period, the artist is expected to:
Share work-in-progress through discussions, screenings, exhibitions, keeping Objectifs updated on project progress;
Conduct up to 6 hours of workshops or seminars per week, tailored to the artist’s area of specialty;
Showcase their completed project at the end of the residency period, e.g. in the form of an exhibition or screening.
There are no restrictions on nationalities, but residents are responsible for applying for a valid tourist or social visitor’s pass.

Residents will be provided:
Travel subsidy of up to S$1,500 to contribute to return airfare (reimbursable with receipt)
Stipend of S$1,000 per month for the residency period
Material fee of up to S$1,000 for the residency project (reimbursable with receipts)
Basic accommodation for the residency period
Application dates

Artists are selected based on their experience, portfolio, submitted project proposal and
recommendations. Applications are accepted year-round. Applicants must indicate the residency
period based on the deadlines.

All applicants will receive notice of receipt and confirmation/rejection by email.


1) General terms:

a. All residents must be 21 and above, and be conversant in English;
b. Open to both local and international applicants;
c. International applicants will be responsible for procuring their own travel visas and/or social visitors’ passes;
d. Residents will receive a stipend of S$1,000 per month for the 4 weeks residency period;
e. Accommodation will be provided for international residents during the residency period only;
f. Air ticket for international residents will be reimbursed upon receipt of original invoice.
Travel subsidy is capped at S$1,500. Amount should be approved by Objectifs prior to purchase;
g. Residents are offered a material fee of up to S$1,000 reimbursable with receipt(s);
h. Residents may apply for other grants/project funds from their own countries or in Singapore, concurrent with the Residency.

2) Residency commitment:

a. Residents should be committed to the programme, using the period for project development or completion;
b. Residents must be available for up to 6 hours of workshops or seminars per week, tailored to the artist’s area of specialty;
c. Artists will retain copyrights of all works developed or produced during the residency;
d. Residents will showcase completed project at the end of the 4 weeks residency period, e.g. in the form of an exhibition or screening.

3) Residency Organisers and partners:

a. We request that artists allow the sponsors of the event reproduction rights for works
developed or produced during the residency. Such reproduction will only be for noncommercial
purposes in relation to the residency, highlighting the partners’ support for the event – all images, video clips or works reproduced will include credit to the artist. Partners and sponsors should be acknowledged in the artist’s works accordingly;
b. Artists need to submit a feedback of their residency and copy of their project (in the
highest possible format – e.g. Beta SP / high-resolution images) at the end of the residency;
c. Residents guarantee that they are entitled to reproduce and exploit all of the underlying rights in their projects – e.g. music and script. Residents must have the permission or rights to all parts of their work created during their residency and indemnify Objectifs against any claims in relation to such guarantees;
d. In the event the artist-in-residence is unable to fulfil the residency terms or does not complete the residency without valid reasons, Objectifs reserves the right to recover partial or full costs as provided during the residency.

4) Please fill in the application form (next page), and include the following attachments:

a. Project Proposal (not more than 4 pages)
Artist must clearly state the project that will be developed during the residency period. Projects should workable within Singapore and not require any overseas travel;
Projects already in-development may also be included. For example – filmmakers can include scripts, documentaries, short films and animation; photographers can include development of a new or existing body of work with a slideshow or exhibition showcase.
b. Resume and portfolio
Include professional, academic and technical experience in photography and/or filmmaking;
Include list of awards (e.g. film festivals, grants), publications etc, where relevant;
Portfolio (DVD showreel or CD-rom of photographs) – please do not send original/master copies as they will not be returned (local applicants can include a self-addressed stamp envelope if they wish to get back their portfolio). We accept website links to works available online.
c. Letter(s) of recommendation (Max. 2).
Deadline: 31 October 2010

The Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies invites applications for the Snorri Sturluson Icelandic Fellowships for 2010.

The Fellowships are granted to writers, translators and scholars (not to university students) in the field of humanities from outside Iceland, to enable them to stay in Iceland for a period of at least three (3) months, in order to improve their knowledge of the Icelandic language, culture and society.

The amount of Fellowship is based in the principles on travel expenses to and from Iceland, plus living expenses while in the country. Should two equally-qualified candidates be under consideration, preference will, as rule, be given to a candidate from Eastern or Southern Europe, Asia, Africa, Latin America or Oceania.

The Árni Magnússonar Institute for Icelandic Studies assists Fellows during their stay in Iceland, at the conclusion of which Fellows are expected to submit a report to the Institute on how the grant was spent.

There is no special application form for the Fellowships. Applicants should submit a brief but thorough account of the purposeof their stay in Iceland, specifying period of stay, as well as details of education and publications.

Further information at:

Applications should be sent by ordinary mail (no e-mail application) not later than 31 October 2009 to:

The Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies
The Sigurður Nordal Office
P.O. Box 1220
121 Reykjavík

With any further queries contact

MPhil at Oxford scholarship

Two fully funded scholarships are available to applicants for the following courses based at the Oxford Department of International Development for the 2011-12 academic year, which runs from October to June:

MPhil in Development Studies: The aim of this two-year course is to provide a rigorous and critical introduction to development as a process of change and of managed change in societies on the periphery of the global economy.
MSc in Refugee & Forced Migration Studies: This 9 month interdisciplinary degree involves an intellectually rigorous examination of forced migration resulting from conflict, state practices, environmental change, and development policies. It aims to place forced migration in historical, global and human context. Read more…

Why Women Make Better Politicians!

Interesting analysis of women in government in the US... Click here for the article.

Powerful video about African American women and self image

'A Girl Like Me' was shared by Amita Sreenivas on the Bay Area collective South Asian Sister's email list...

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Women and poverty - an analysis by Ritu Dewan of Bombay University

From the Skoch Foundation's Inclusion website

That poverty is gendered is a given, whether in terms of causes, results, or impacts. Consequently, it becomes essential to incorporate gender into development paradigms and specifically into poverty reduction strategies as well as planning processes; unless this takes place, the very concept of gender equality not only becomes marginalised but is, in fact, fully negated, says Ritu Dewan

It is necessary to point out that no analysis of gender mainstreaming into pro- poor strategies, plans and developmental processes can be made until and unless viewed in the context of national and international global forces. Thus, it is quite possible that certain currently operative policies may come into conflict with both accepted definitions of anti-poverty strategies as well as the prevailing dominant development paradigm.

Poverty issues in different countries need to be perceived in a specific historical setting, given the fact that all underdeveloped countries have undergone colonisation. This historical perspective has the necessity to be integrated with the current location of each economy in the prevailing international scenario which is dominated by the neo-liberal paradigm of growth. This paradigm is being increasingly debated and sought to be replaced by country-specific alternatives, all focusing in varying degrees on the major issues of poverty and gender.

While not getting into the details of the discourse on what defines ‘gender’ and ‘poverty’, there can be no debate on the fundamental issue that women and men generally experience poverty differently, whether in terms of causes, processes, impacts, outcomes, results, or coping strategies. The central issue, however, is that perceiving poverty as a static ‘outcome’ negates the fact that it is primarily a process, one that is fully gendered. The loci of economic and patriarchal power determine how, when, where and who makes choices. A woman’s choice is determined for her by her economic resource position, by ‘home responsibilities’ assigned to her by society and by the socio-cultural as well as religious sanctions imposed on her. As a consumer, the woman acts as the purchasing agent for the family and buys the raw materials she uses in household production. As a producer, she is involved mainly in subsistence economic activities, which, even though not recognised as work, underline the basic survival strategies of especially poor households.

The absence of gender incorporation and analysis in development leads not only to misallocation of resources but also virtually denies the very existence of households as well as ‘vulnerable’ sections. Policies that do not take into account gender discrimination - particularly those relating to access to resources and production outlets - negate women’s multiple roles in production, reproduction and maintenance tasks, as also in the distribution and absorption of resources within producing households. This brings into question the very appropriateness of using market analysis in underdeveloped countries where the unit of production is primarily the household rather than the firm, where the non-monetised sector still predominates, and where the motive force of production remains subsistence for the majority of the population both in the urban and rural sectors.

The exclusion of the concept of the family thus has important consequences. As many of the commodities produced at home are substituted for purchased goods, what is maximised is a common utility function in which the household is the unit of inquiry. This utility function is generally equated with that of the household head. The assumption here is thus that the head of the household is genderless - neutrum oeconomicum.

The fundamental problem, however, arises when analysis is based on the notion of the ‘household’. The presumption here is that there are no inequalities within a single household, that its ‘well-being’ is represented by the head of the household. This assumption is one of the most prevalent conceptual biases in both poverty as well as gender analysis. In most Asian countries the ‘head’ is determined by culture and tradition rather than by the economic definition of ‘main earner’. This is very common, for instance, in India, where the reality is that almost one-third of particularly rural households are female-headed. Thus, ‘poverty lines’ as defined often hide the fact that men and women have differential household utility functions, and that both inter- and also intra-household comparisons need to be focused on. It is essential, however, to emphasise that gender analysis by itself cannot be adequate. Gender, which is an asymmetry, is based on the fact that though men do have economic and social power, this power is diluted by various societal and situational conditions that prevail, and also by specific forces that operate at a particular phase of historical development of a country.

Every economy is characterised by two interdependent systems - the system of production of material goods and the system of reproduction of the labour-force, patriarchy being fully integrated with both. The relationship between development, poverty and gender can only be perceived in all its complexities if gendered analysis is integrated at all levels.

A related problem is the eternal linking of women and children even in the sphere of the State and its developmental and planning processes. The very fact that a single ministry such as that in India and several neighbouring countries deals with the issues of both women and children implies that the two are interconnected at every level - nature of problems, solutions, resolutions. The argument for two separate ministries for women and for children is based on both conceptual and methodological grounds - that children are not the sole responsibility of only women, and that an overwhelmingly large share of the already meager allocations are spent on nutrition and other child-specific programmes and schemes rather than on gender-specific poverty alleviation strategies.

Finally, the prevailing dominant paradigm of growth and development works against the solution to the ‘central’ problem of poverty. When the paradigm itself results in raising poverty levels through non-implementation of land reforms; by increasing unemployment via informalisation where labour laws do not operate; withdraws subsidies to the agricultural sector when in fact developed nations are increasing them; reduces expenditure on the public distribution system; refuses to redefine the poverty line in terms of the economic reality of the people; denies that poverty goes beyond the concept of income; throws millions of people into the ranks of the ‘unemployable’ and unemployed particularly through displacement by reducing access to common property resources and appropriating fertile land through the setting up of Special Economic Zones, Special Tourist Zones, etc and also for national and multinational corporate houses in the name of furthering ‘development’ through industrialisation - then no anti-poverty strategy can be successful either for the poor and consequently, even more so for women.

Select References
1. Dewan, Ritu, (1999), Gender Implications of the ‘New’ Economic Policy: A Conceptual Overview, Women’s Studies International Forum, Vol. 22, No. 4, pp 425-429.
2. Dewan, Ritu (2005), Gender Budget Perspectives on Macro and Meso Policies in Small Urban Manufacturies in Greater Mumbai, Discussion Paper Series-12, Human Development Resource Centre, UNDP, India.
3. International Poverty Center - UNDP, September (2006), Working Paper No. 22.
4. Tenth Five-Year Plan (2002-07), Volume II: Sectoral Policies and Programmes, Planning Commission, Government of India, New Delhi.
5. Eleventh Five-Year Plan. Planning Commission, Government of India, New Delhi

Ritu Dewan is Professor, Centre for Women’s Studies / Gender Economics, Department of Economics, University of Mumbai