1 BILLION RISING!

February 28, 2013

This year’s Valentine’s Day on 14 February was not very romantic, but instead very powerful and above all very important. It was the day when hundreds of women and men in Bangalore were standing up and dancing together for Women’s and Girl’s Rights within the worldwide campaign “1 BILLION RISING”.

ONE IN THREE WOMEN ON THE PLANET WILL BE RAPED OR BEATEN IN HER LIFETIME.

ONE BILLION WOMEN VIOLATED IS AN ATROCITY.

ONE BILLION WOMEN DANCING IS A REVOLUTION!

After the Delhi rape case on 16 December 2012, there was a notable increase in attention paid to cases of violence against women, and rising anger at the ignorance of national Governments,not only in India. The refusal to accept this status quo got stronger and it was time to finally stand up and demand gender equality, and an end to violence against women and girls. So, on the 15th V-Day, in many places all over the world, women and men gathered together to celebrate women’s power to stand up and claim their Human Rights.

In India, protests were held across states, in Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad and also BANGALORE. From 2:30 pm on, people gathered in Cubbon Park and one could hear speeches, watch many performances of music, tribal dances, singings, street theater and live painting, and join when women from all parts of society rose to a huge and excessive dance.  All this ended in many candle lights in the dark, poetry and story-telling by women who had survived a violation of their rights, or knew somebody else that hadn’t  or just wanted to share their thoughts on the situation of women.

1 BILLION RISING Bangalore was organized by more than 20 Bangalore-based Human Rights and Women’s Empowerment groups. SICHREM was one among them, including the Women’s Rights Forum Vimochana, Visthar, Sangama and many more.

Having fought for (Women’s) Human Rights for 18 years, SICHREM staffs were also present at this event, and in preparation had mobilized students from across Bangalore attending SICHREM’s diploma course on Human Rights. A group of SICHREM’s students performed a flash mob in demand for Women’s Rights.

Unfortunately, the Bangalore Administration did not allow the event to take place at Mahatma Gandhi Road, which would have drawn even greater attention. Even so, the big dancing and celebrating crowd got a lot of media attention and also interrupted many workers’ and car drivers’ daily routine, to stop and think about the difficulties that women face.

Ms. Madhu and Ms. Shakun from Vimochana

Ms. Madhu and Ms. Shakun from Vimochana

Women from an association in Kolar District claiming the End of Violence Against Women

Women from an association in Kolar District claiming the End of Violence Against Women

The banner was carried around in a silent protest

The banner was carried around in a silent protest

The dancing crowd

The dancing crowd

SICHREM's volunteer Abigail Rowlands was one of the artists paiting in public

SICHREM’s volunteer Abigail Rowlands was one of the artists paiting in public

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SICHREM at 8thViBGYOR International Film festival in Kerala

February 26, 2013

This year, from 7th to 12th February, SICHREM was present at the 8th ViBGYOR International Film Festival in Thrissur, Kerala, once again. Coordinated by an open coalition of various networks and groups, named ViBGYOR Film Collective, and sustained by many young and old highly engaged volunteers, ViBGYOR is an alternative Film Festival that has ‘Celebrating identities and diversity’ as its central theme. Indigenous People, Dalits, Youth, South Asian Relations, Human Rights, Environment and Development, Gender Issues, Globalization, Labour, Culture and Media are represented at national and South Asian level.“ViBGYOR explores the broad spectrum of the politics of identities through the creative medium of cinema, expressing solidarity with the struggles led by various individuals and peoples’ movements for basic rights and a sustainable model of development.” This year, the short and long films and documentaries from across India and all over the world were chosen under the focus of “Stolen Democracies”.

There were many activities which took place as part of the festival: conferences, campaigns, workshops, face-to-face meetings with film directors, and witnesses of shown cases were held. ViBGYOR is an opportunity for film artists, students, activists, social workers and all interested people to come together and become informed and inspired by others people’s work. Therefore it is a perfect environment to spread the principles about Human Rights and mobilize people who are willing to support SICHREM. Two volunteers of SICHREM from Europe, for the first two days accompanied by one SICHREM activist who is based in Thrivandrum, held a SICHREM stall there, telling others about SICHREM’s work and philosophy, and doing small-scale fundraising by selling SICHREM reports, books on Human Rights and other social issues, SICHREM t-shirts and posters, and other informative products.

Manorama, the Keralan newspaper also published an article about SICHREM’s presence at ViBGYOR. http://www.vibgyorfilm.org/

International Film festival ViBGYOR

International Film festival ViBGYOR

SICHREM stall with volunteer

SICHREM stall with volunteer

SICHREM was selling tshirts, books, posters and more

SICHREM was selling t-shirts, books, posters and more

Students were interested in SICHREM's books

Students were interested in SICHREM’s books

An article in the Keralan newspaper Manorama about SICHREM's presence at ViBGYOR

An article in the Keralan newspaper Manorama about SICHREM’s presence at ViBGYOR


Childrens Camp on Human Rights @ Gulbarga organised by Adharsha Makkala Mantapa on 16&17 Feb, 2013

February 26, 2013
Childrens Camp on HR at Gulbarga orga by Adharsha Makkala Mantapa - 16&17 Feb

Ms. Margaret Sampath, State Coordinator, HRE, as resource person

 

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Training on Human Rights for Education Department

February 26, 2013

Ms. Margaret Sampath, State Coordinator, Human Rights Education Program conducted a one day training on Human Rights for State Resource Team members of the Education Department at Bangalore University on 15th Feb 2013.

Training program on HR for State resource team-Education Department in Bangalore University on 15th Feb 2013

 

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Regional level workshop on RTE @ Karimnagar

February 26, 2013

Regional level workshop on RTE for Telungana region held at Karimnagar on 9th & 10th February, 2013. There were about 38 participants  from 10 districts of Telungana region, Andhra Pradesh.

 

Mr. V. Bhaskara Rao, Secretary, District Legal Service Authority inaugurated the Workshop

Mr. V. Bhaskara Rao, Secretary, District Legal Service Authority inaugurated the Workshop

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News about the Workshop in print media

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4th Diploma Awarding Ceremony

February 20, 2013

Human Rights Studies


State has no right to take away life, say activists

February 20, 2013

 “As the State does not give life, [it] does not have right to take it either,” Fr. Ambrose Pinto, administrator of St. Joseph’s Evening College, said at a demonstration against capital punishment here on Tuesday. The agitation was called following the spate of executions with President Pranab Mukherjee rejecting mercy petitions.

Addressing a gathering of human rights activists, he said that there was no evidence to suggest that death penalties contributed to a decline in the crime rate.

Referring to the recent hanging of Afzal Guru, Director of the South India Cell for Human Rights Education and Monitoring (SICHREM), Mathews Philip, said: “Being a democracy, we are still following death penalty laws implemented during the British regime, oppressing human rights. Killing a man in secrecy and not letting his family perform the last rites is not the mark of democracy. It’s a grave human rights violation.”

Members of National Confederation of Human Rights Organizations (NCHRO) stagging a protest against capital punishment, at Town Hall, in Bangalore on Tuesday Photo: K. Murali Kumar.

Members of National Confederation of Human Rights Organizations (NCHRO) stagging a protest against capital punishment, at Town Hall, in Bangalore on Tuesday Photo: K. Murali Kumar.

Memorandum

In a memorandum submitted to Governor H.R. Bhardwaj, the demonstrators sought the commutation of death sentences awarded to forest brigand Veerapan’s aides, Bilevendran, Simon, Madaiah and Gnanaprakash, who were convicted of killing 22 persons in landmine blasts in Palar.

Activists from SICHREM, Peoples Democratic Forum, National Confederation of Human Rights Organisations and People’s Union for Civil Liberties – Karnataka participated in the protest.

Source: The Hindu; Dated: 20 February 2013