Child Rights Violation- Over Anti CAA School Drama at Bidar

August 17, 2021

The Karnataka High Court on Monday made a prima facie observation that the presence of Policemen in uniforms, carrying weapons, while interrogating children with regard to the sedition case on staging of an anti- CAA drama at Shaheen Education Society in Bidar January 2020, was a serious violation of the provisions under the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015.

A division bench headed by Chief Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka directed the state government to ensure that such incidents do not recur.

The court has also asked the state government to consider issuing necessary directions to the policemen across the state to ensure violations of children’s rights do not take place. The bench also directed the state government that a senior officer, higher than the rank of the DCP who submitted the affidavit, be nominated by the state DGP and IGP to look into the violations.


Job Advertisement: Data Analyst

August 13, 2021

MANASA Centre for Development and Social Action (MANASA) invites applications for various vacancies for Misereor project. This document mentions all details regarding the current openings at MANASA. For more details about, MANASA, please visit – http://www.sichrem.org.

MANASA believes in affirmative action and encourages applications from women, LGBTIQ candidates, candidates from Dalit and Adivasi communities, religious and ethnic minorities, and persons with disability.

Position: Data Analyst (full-time)

Division: Program

Location: Flexible

Experience: Minimum 2-3 years’ experience in research and data analysis

Qualification: Post graduation in relevant fields.

Language: Proficiency in English and Hindi. Knowledge of other languages will be an advantage.

Overview:

  • S/He will have prior experience in data analysis.
  • S/He will arrange and analyze data submitted by the researchers.
  • S/He will document, report, edit, case studies and periodic dispatches in English.
  • S/He will possess advance knowledge of MS Excel.
  • S/He will assist in organizing meetings and workshops.
  • Prepare media briefs on activities and interventions

Apply: Interested candidates should send applications to manasacrprog@gmail.com by August 20, 2021. The application should comprise the following documents:

  • One page (max 500 words) covering letter mentioning suitability for the position
  • Resume highlighting qualification and experience for the position and supporting documents and last held position
  • Expected Salary (per month)
  • Details of three referees to be contacted

Please mention ‘Data Analyst’ as your email subject. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Shortlisted candidates will be asked to share relevant supporting documents.

Joining: Latest by October 1, 2021


Job Advertisement: Accountant- Bangalore

August 13, 2021

MANASA Centre for Development and Social Action (MANASA) invites applications for various vacancies for Misereor project. This document mentions all details regarding the current openings at MANASA. For more details about, MANASA, please visit – http://www.sichrem.org.

MANASA believes in affirmative action and encourages applications from women, LGBTIQ candidates, candidates from Dalit and Adivasi communities, religious and ethnic minorities, and persons with disability.

Position: Accountant (full-time salaried) 1 No.

Division: Finance and Accounts 

Location: Bangalore

Experience: Minimum 2 years’ experience in finance and accounting

Qualification: B. Com or any other relevant field

Language: Proficiency in English and Hindi

Overview:

  • S/He will maintain the accounts and financial records.
  • S/He will prepare periodic financial statements.
  • S/He will maintain daily books of accounts.
  • S/He will monitor financial variances in budget lines
  • S/He will coordinate the periodic audits
  • S/He maintain online database for all finance related documents
  • S/He will support programs team with budget and accounts for activities

Apply: Interested candidates should send applications to manasacrprog@gmail.com by 20th August, 2021. The application should comprise the following documents:

  • One page (max 500 words) covering letter mentioning suitability for the position
  • Resume highlighting qualification and experience for the position and supporting documents and last held position
  • Expected Salary (per month)
  • Details of three referees to be contacted

Please mention ‘Accountant’ as your email subject. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Shortlisted candidates will be asked to share relevant supporting documents.


Job Advertisement: Social Activist

August 13, 2021

MANASA Centre for Development and Social Action (MANASA) invites applications for various vacancies for Misereor project. This document mentions all details regarding the current openings at MANASA. For more details about, MANASA, please visit – http://www.sichrem.org.

MANASA believes in affirmative action and encourages applications from women, LGBTIQ candidates, candidates from Dalit and Adivasi communities, religious and ethnic minorities, and persons with disability.

Position: Social Activist (full-time)

Division: Program

Location: Flexible

Experience: Minimum 2-3 years’ experience in rights-based interventions 

Qualification: Post-graduation in social work, social sciences, or any other relevant field with exposure to human rights.

Language: Proficiency in English and Hindi. Knowledge of other languages will be an advantage.

Overview:

  • Coordinate with partners and civil society organizations on interventions
  • Organize activities in collaboration with partners and associates and preparing reports 
  • Experience of organizing meetings, conferences, and events.
  • Compile and develop materials and handouts for the activities
  • Manage website and social media handles and pages to promote activism

Apply: Interested candidates should send applications to manasacrprog@gmail.com by August 20, 2021. The application should comprise the following documents:

  • One page (max 500 words) covering letter mentioning suitability for the position
  • Resume highlighting qualification and experience for the position and supporting documents and last held position
  • Expected Salary (per month)
  • Details of three referees to be contacted

Please mention ‘Social Activist’ as your email subject. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Shortlisted candidates will be asked to share relevant supporting documents.

Joining: Latest by October 1, 2021


Job Advertisement: Legal Assistant (Lawyer) (full-time)

August 13, 2021

MANASA Centre for Development and Social Action (MANASA) invites applications for various vacancies for Misereor project. This document mentions all details regarding the current openings at MANASA. For more details about, MANASA, please visit – http://www.sichrem.org.

MANASA believes in affirmative action and encourages applications from women, LGBTIQ candidates, candidates from Dalit and Adivasi communities, religious and ethnic minorities, and persons with disability.

Position: Legal Assistant (Lawyer) (full-time)

Division: Litigation

Location: Flexible

Experience: Minimum 2 years’ experience in litigation/legal research.

Qualification: LL B

Language: Proficiency in English and Hindi. Knowledge of other languages will be an advantage.

Overview:

  • S/He will support in following up individual cases which require urgent interventions and follow up before courts and commissions.
  • S/He should have good understanding of the working of the NHRC, SHRC and other institutions.
  • S/He will maintain database of information sought through RTIs.
  • S/He should have proficiency in using online legal research tools and familiarity with Indian research database.

Apply: Interested candidates should send applications to manasacrprog@gmail.com by August 20, 2021. The application should comprise the following documents:

  • One page (max 500 words) covering letter mentioning suitability for the position
  • Resume highlighting qualification and experience for the position and supporting documents and last held position
  • Expected Salary (per month)
  • Details of two referees to be contacted

Please mention ‘Legal Assistant’ as your email subject. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Shortlisted candidates will be asked to share relevant supporting documents.

Joining: Latest by October 1, 2021


Job Advertisement: Researchers

August 13, 2021

MANASA Centre for Development and Social Action (MANASA) invites applications for various vacancies for Misereor project. This document mentions all details regarding the current openings at MANASA. For more details about, MANASA, please visit – http://www.sichrem.org.

MANASA believes in affirmative action and encourages applications from women, LGBTIQ candidates, candidates from Dalit and Adivasi communities, religious and ethnic minorities, and persons with disability.

Type: Researchers (Monthly Stipend Rs. 20,000)

Posts: 18 (Eighteen) Across India

Locations: Respective state

Position:

This is a part time position wherein experienced grassroots activists will contribute towards protecting and strengthening constitutional values within their states in the framework of SDGs with special reference to SDG16.

The researchers supported through this research program are expected to document instances pertaining to SDG 16 in their respective states. The researchers will also closely associate and engage with SHRIs (State Human Rights Institutions) and legal aid authorities in their states. The researchers are expected to support the formation of networks towards realization of SDG 16.

The program will be for three years and the decision of continuity of researchers will be taken at the end of every six months based on an objective evaluation.

Qualifications Skills:

The researchers should have considerable experience in working with civil society organizations and social movements at the grassroots level in their respective states and should be willing to closely collaborate with civil society networks and groups, journalists, academics etc. They can be associated with various organizations, networks, and platforms but not as fulltime employees with the same.

Researchers based in the following states can apply or the SDG 16 research program: Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Delhi, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Punjab, Tamil Nadu and Uttarakhand.

Language:

Reading and writing the local languages in the state where the applicant is based is essential.

Apply:

Please send your biodata / resume and a letter of reference to manasacrprog@gmail.com latest by August 20, 2021. Please do clearly mention in the email subject ‘Fellowship Application-State-District’, for example, ‘Fellowship Application-Karnataka-Bangalore’. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

The first phase of research program will commence from September 1, 2021.


Covid Relief by SICHREM

June 17, 2021

The Covid 19 pandemic has continued its spread in India, during the spread of Covid 19 and the lockdown, many people have lost their jobs and suffering for the basic necessities like food and ration for survival in the vulnerable community. Many people became socially and financially backward community, in this majority of them are working as daily wage laborers.

In response to the pandemic and requirement of food in such vulnerable community Manasa- SICHREM took initiative in 8 districts of Karnataka to distribute about 442 Ration Kits along with Sanitary items to the community. Specially, to the people who lost their jobs during the lockdown, such as Auto rickshaw drivers, daily laborers, vulnerable community like single mothers and children, elderly, widowed families, disabled families and families affected by Covid 19 and people living on the streets, temples, beggars, railway stations and migrant workers.

Each Ration kit included items like Rice, wheat flour, Sooji, pulses, cooking oil, masala powders, clothes and sanitary items worth Rs. 1000 and for few people food items like Bread and cooked food were also distributed in the 8 districts of Karnataka.

In total 442 Food/ ration Kits has been distributed to financially backward and vulnerable people. Many families who are daily wage laborers, single bread earning family members, people who lost jobs due to Covid, elders and homeless people benefited from this relief work. Specially, families affected by Covid and facing problems with neighbors and socially discriminated people due to stigma, for instance people who were not even allowed to buy milk from the local dairy and many more.

On the other hand, the Covid wave has hit the people very hard, restrictions, lockdown by the government and with lot of obstacles the Staff of SICHREM and District Coordinators with lot of courage and commitment following the Covid protocols reached the deserving families in supporting them all ways possible is much appreciated.

People’s Response:

In this current situation, families facing the hardships responded that they were not reached or no support was given to them. This distribution was a life line for them and is very thankful at this time for the support provided by Manasa- SICHREM in reaching them at the right time during the unexpected Pandemic lock down.


Advertisement for Mobile App Development

September 10, 2020

MANASA Centre for Development and Social Action, a not for profit organization, in its ongoing engagement with human rights defenders and victims of human rights violations, plans to develop Mobile Application to strengthen its interventions.

We aim to develop a technological tool – at this juncture a mobile application-for the defenders and victims we engage with. Towards this, we invite expression of interest from organizations. We expect the organization to develop a secure mobile application and undertake its maintenance for minimum two years. We expect the mobile application to be a tool for defenders and victims of human rights violations to report instantly a violation, hence allowing swift intervention actions. We also expect the mobile application to contain materials on human rights, allowing for human rights education and awareness.

We prefer to engage with an organization which has the capacity to turn our ideas into possible technological solutions, while fully respecting and adhering to the laws and ethics of privacy and respect. The origination needs to develop a customized hybrid App embracing a range of software effective for different devices.

The features and services which we require in the Application are:

  • Works across all platforms.
  • Works on multiple devices such as desktops, mobiles, and tablets seamlessly.
  • Secure and guarantees user data protection and privacy.
  • Simple, user friendly and easy navigation.

Interested organizations should mail their expression of interest on email manasacrprog@gmail.com by September15, 2020, and enclose the following documents:

  • Proposals for development of the Mobile Application with the timeline required for the completion.
  • Cost or budget for the development of the Mobile Application and two-year maintenance.
  • List of features into the Mobile Application
  • Security and Safety measures for the Mobile Application
  • Terms and Conditions of agreement for the development of the Mobile Application.
  • Letter of appreciations and references of the NGOs and Companies who have been your customers for development of similar products.

Human Rights Mobile Clinic June 2020

June 12, 2020

Human Rights Mobile Clinic was conducted on 12th June 2020 at Kalyan Nagar, the women in the community were given free legal advice and also awareness was given on Covid-19, Hand-Wash and Hygiene. Topics like Domestic Violence, Women Rights and Child Rights were discussed.


Press Release on the occasion of World Day Against Child Labour, June 12, 2020

June 11, 2020

CAMPAIGN AGAINST CHILD LABOUR – CACL

Central Secretariat, C/o SICHREM, No.35, Anjanappa Complex, Lingarajapuram, Bangalore – 560084; Phone : 9845001338

The Campaign Against Child Labour calls upon the Central and State Governments not to adopt any measures due to Covid -19 crisis, that will backtrack the country from its commitment in the ‘sustainable development goals’ to eradicate Child Labour totally by the year 2025.

The statistics of the volume of child labour in India is still a matter of dispute as different agencies report different figures, varying between 44 million and 115 million. However there has been a claim that there was a reduction in the volume between the Census in 2001 and 2011. If this is true, certainly that provides a relief and gives further hope that there will be further reduction during 2011 to 2021. But the fear is that the Covid – 19 induced lock down is causing increase in the number of children getting into labour. There are already reports from the field that confirms this fear. It should be noted that mechanisms like Child Line, Child Rights Committees and Child Rights Commissions report that there is an increase in the calls for help.

In this context the Campaign urges the Governments to retract from the efforts to dilute the Labour laws because that can put the families of workers into greater insecurities and further impoverishment. This will push more children into the labour market. CACL upholds the need for providing incentives to Employers and Investors to rebuild the economy. But allowing cheap labour and child labour is a counter productive measure.

CACL is anguished by the proposal from certain quarters to grant amnesty to Employers of child labour as it is giving a wrong message and will encourage the Employers to take things for granted.

The tragic incident of a poor tribal girl studying in the 10th std committing suicide when the Kerala Govt. Introduced online education, should be an eye opener. The poor family did not have access to a smart phone and the old TV set in the house was under repair. It is a reality that a large number of children in India have no access to any digital media and those children will stop education. Any child out of school is a ‘potential laborer’. Therefore online education cannot be a substitution for a long time for schooling.

It should not be forgotten that a large number of children are also migrant laborers. Most often, the whole family with children migrate in search of work. The tragic death of Jameela Magdum, the 12 year old girl child migrant laborer during her long walk to her native place is a reminder for giving special focus on preventing children from migration. Providing employment for the migrant laborers with the guarantee of minimum wage in their own native place is an urgent necessity.

It maybe a fact that extraordinary situations demand extraordinary actions, but extraordinary actions shall not be at the cost of human rights especially of children.

 

Mathews Philip                                                          Ashok Jha

National Convener – CACL                              Convener – Advocacy Unit

 

Campaign Against Child Labour is a nationwide coalition of NGOs, Civil Society Organisations and individuals for eradication of child labour. This Press note is issued in the context of World Day Against Child labour on 12th June 2020.