Category Archives: Women

Adivasi writer Dayamani Barla presented with Indigenous Rights Award by Cultural Survival – New York

Narayan Lakshman, The Hindu, New York, May 25, 2013 | Read the entire article here >> Dayamani Barla was presented with the first ever Ellen L. Lutz Indigenous Rights Award by Cultural Survival, an indigenous peoples’ rights organisation The Big Apple … Continue reading

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Indian women’s rights are “self-evident and constitutionally secured”: Building capabilities by implementing good laws – The Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy

Vasundhara Sirnate, The Hindu, Opinion » Lead, February 1, 2014 | Read the full article here >> In the last two years the highest courts in the country have responded to a mass call for more protection for women. Alongside, there have … Continue reading

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Benefits of community screenings: Award-winning documentary “Have you seen the Arana” – Kerala

Report on community screenings (2013-14) A trial series of community screenings coordinated by FERNS took place in collaboration with initiatives that meet the following criteria: Scope for entrusting young tribals with social responsibilities (e.g. Thrissileri, Pavana Center and tribal residential … Continue reading

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Report of the Silver Jubilee Celebration of Adibasi Baha Parab and a two day international conference on ‘Tribes in Transition’ – West Bengal

Photo courtesy © 2014 Mr. Sundar Manoj Hembrom, Bandel | View a slideshow >> The three day Silver Jubilee celebration of ‘Adibasi Baha Parab’ at Ghosaldanga ended on 14th March 2014 with great joy and enthusiasm. On the last day … Continue reading

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Tip | Understanding the economic context and ecological challenges faced by India’s tribal communities – Down To Earth

Sunita Narain, Down To Earth Dec 15, 2013 | From the print edition | Read the full article here >> In the past 10 years, India’s environmental movement has had a rebirth. It was first born in the 1970s, when the industrialised world … Continue reading

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Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India: Art revival Projects by Eastern Zonal Cultural Center (EZCC) – Assam, Bihar, Jharkhand, Manipur, Orissa, Sikkim, Tripura, West Bengal and The Union Territory of The Andaman and Nicobar Islands

[...] The Eastern Zonal Cultural Center (EZCC) covering the states of Assam, Bihar, Jharkhand, Manipur, Orissa, Sikkim, Tripura, West Bengal and The Union Territory of The Andaman and Nicobar Islands is one of the seven such Zonal Cultural Centers set … Continue reading

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“Tribes in Transition”: International Conference at Santiniketan (12-13 March, 2014) – West Bengal

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Sounding like a tiger: Rare musical instruments of Bardoli region – Gujarat

Ashleshaa Khurana, TNN Jan 30, 2014 | Read the full article >> SURAT: Even as the government spends crores on promoting tourism, its most ancient folk culture is dying a slow death. Within villages around Dang, traditional instruments and artists … Continue reading

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Video | Development starts with community: Bunker Roy (Founder, Barefoot College) – Rajasthan

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Video | Synopsis and full version: “Have you seen the arana?” – Kerala

Duration (full version): 72 min. To watch the full documentary, click on the screenshot in order to visit www.cultureunplugged.com >> Online viewing on cultureunplugged.com Have You Seen The Arana? : Director: Sunanda Bhat | Producer: Songline Films Genre: Documentary | Produced In: 2012 | Story Teller’s Country: India Tags: Asia, Farming, India, Indigenous Rights, Livelihood SEND MAIL Synopsis: The … Continue reading

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Art projects of the Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre EZCC – Kolkata

Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre, Kolkata [EZCC], an autonomous body, under Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India primarily engaged in promoting, strengthening and propagating the extremely rich folk and rural cultural traditions of the nation, is also implementing a Project sanctioned … Continue reading

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Traditional Millet Festival: Counteracting diabetes, hypertension and other lifestyle diseases – Tamil Nadu

Due to the growing change in the diet of the village people to more “easy” foods like ration rice, vegetables grown with heavy chemical usage and inorganically grown fruits, the health of the people is deteriorating fast and many new diseases … Continue reading

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Protecting and restoring the Sal forest: The all-women, Maa Tarini Ban Surakshya Samiti – Odisha

Manoj Misra, The Hindu, September 10, 2013 Armed with pebbles and conch shells, women in an Odisha village took on the task of protecting and restoring the Sal forest, and succeeded The onset of the new millennium brought with it a … Continue reading

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Tip | Economical figures and women’s empowerment: Population Finder 2011 published by the Government of India – New Delhi

Search window: Enter District/SubDistrict/Town/Village Name >> Example: enter “Gudalur”, then select “Tamil Nadu  - The Nilgiris” and click the corresponding hyperlink “Gudalur (M)”; the resulting statistics includes: Scheduled Tribes (ST) Persons: 1,806 Males: 874, Females: 932. Source: Census of India: Search  Details Address … Continue reading

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14 February unites women from every corner of the world: A day to celebrate!

Read the full NewInt-blog by Mari Marcel Thekaekara here >> It’s Valentine’s Day. Definitely not a traditional Indian holiday. [...] A more interesting celebration, a new one, is that women’s groups have made this day an international celebration of women from every … Continue reading

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Tribes in Transition conference at Santiniketan (12-13 March, 2014) – West Bengal

TRIBES IN TRANSITION: CONFLICT OVER IDENTITY, RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT 12-13 March, 2014 at Visva-Bharati University Santiniketan, West Bengal Organized by the Department of English, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, In collaboration with the Ghosaldanga Bishnubati Adibasi Trust, Santiniketan, & Funded … Continue reading

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Film on ancient tribal creation myth and Kerala’s eco system wins ‘Golden Conch’ for Best Documentary at MIFF 2014: ‘Have you seen the arana?’ – Mumbai

To watch the film trailer and more information, click here >> ‘Have you seen the arana?’ wins the Golden Conch for Best Documentary in the National Competition at MIFF 2014. The award citation: “This film is elegant, patient, meditative, and … Continue reading

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Call on “the most vibrant media in the world” not to remain silent on the needs and predicaments of the poorest: Amartya Sen at the Jaipur literature festival – Rajasthan, West Bengal & Jharkhand

Vaiju Naravane, The Hindu, February 1, 2014 “I would like the media to be more responsive to the needs of the poorest people, and less single-minded in their coverage of the world of glitzy entertainment and shining business opportunities. The most … Continue reading

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Mahasweta Devi – a writer-activist’s literary tribute to the civilizational graces of the adivasis

Excerpt from “The adivasi Mahashweta” [Mahasweta] by Ganesh Devy in 540, August 2004 CELEBRATING WOMEN a symposium on women who made a difference DO I know Mahashweta Devi ? Perhaps, I do. Perhaps not. [...] In the mid-90s, I decided to give up … Continue reading

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Making a living as honey producers: Farm Africa’s beekeeping programme for unemployed young people in the Tigray region – Ethiopia

Matthew Newsome, (The Guardian) The Hindu, January 6, 2014 In the Tigray region of Ethiopia, increasing numbers of young people have no access to the land and its resources. Farming land here is already scarce, and many farms are very small. Many … Continue reading

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Video | Life of the Samantha: An Ethnographic film by Sathya Mohan – Andhra Pradesh

This ethnographic film made by Sathya Mohan is a visual study of the socio-economic and the religious life of the Samanthas. The Samanthas or the Khonds of Vishakhapatnam agency in Andhra Pradesh, India are one of the few surviving ‘primitive … Continue reading

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“Life with Human dignity for all” (10 December 2013): Celebrating the International Human Rights Day in Ranchi – Jharkhand

We’re extremely pleased to inform you that in the auspicious occasion of the International Human Rights Day on December 10, 2013, We’re jointly organizing the “Human Rights Festival’ at Social Development Centre, Dr. Kamil Bulke Path, Ranchi, which’ll begins at … Continue reading

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Book and video on the popular all-women ‘Gulabi gang’ (Adivasi Mahila Utthan Gram Udyog Seva Sansthan) led by Sampat Devi Pal: Free the society of corruption – Uttar Pradesh

Amna Khawar, Asia Society, October 23rd, 2013 In her first book, Pink Sari Revolution (W.W. Norton, 2013), Pakistani-Irish author Amana Fontanella-Khan narrates Pal’s journey and the Gulabi Gang’s creation through their crusade for 17-year old Sheelu Nishad Read the interview: … Continue reading

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Slideshow | “Have you seen the Arana?”: Film screenings for and with Adivasi communities – Kerala

Filmmaker Sunanda Bhat visited Wayanad to start the process of holding community screenings and watch the film together with local facilitators at the office of the Ferns Naturalists Society in Mananthavady. As this coincided with a tribal camp conducted by Fr Stephen, it was … Continue reading

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Video | Trailer to “Have you seen the arana?” – Kerala

“The stories of ancestors and their discoveries give the film a mystical quality and work like a poetic refrain” – Review by Bikas Mishra

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