A drawing competition for “Balala” group was conducted on 9th March 2013, to mark the International Women’s Day 2013. The ‘BALALA” group enthusiastically participated in this competition. We were glad to discover the hidden Painting and talents of Balala.
Ms. Razia secured the 1st position, Ms. Usha secured 2nd Position, Ms. Sanjeeta secured 3rd position and Ms. Sandhaya secured 4th Prize. The Winners were awarded prizes and Consolation prizes were given to all participants.
A group Discussion led by YPP and Balala group followed this Painting Competition. Qualities expected from a leader were discussed at this forum.
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A National Advocacy Consultation organized at New Delhi, YMCA on 10th October 2012, co-ordinated by STOP and its Indian NGO partners with support of ECPAT International dealt in wide gamut of Law and Policy and Service delivery issues of Institutions under whom children seek care and guidance. Much needed focus was accorded on tackling Institutional administrative limitations, funds scarcity challenge, role of law agencies, Governmental support and finding co-ordinated all round response with all stakeholders that betters the standard of institutional care for children.
STOP is lead partner of a Delhi consortium of 12 out of 30 grassroot NGO’s spearheading a 13 month campaign for adapting this CSO Toolkit and its translation to Hindi and drafting of Internal Child Protection Policies and training staff of partners and other agencies under whom are children seek care.
This consultation attended by more than 60 guests of various NGO’s and Social Welfare Organizations begun with traditional lightening of lamp by guests and Welcome addressby Prof. Roma Debabrata, President of STOP followed by the speech of Ms Indrani Sinha . Next to STOP’s own and other Indian NGO presentations, foreign dignitary participants Mr. Bimol Bhetwal of ECPAT International and Ms. Salma Ali of Bangladesh National Woman Lawyers Association presented a wider viewpoint ranging on Child Protection strategies to Legal Framework and National Policy and advocacy efforts. A large number of dignitaries including various heads of Child Welfare Committees, Departments of Child and Women from Government of India and Delhi, Foreign Embassy, National Commission for Protection of Child Rights actively took part in the day long event.
Hindi and Bengali edition of CSO training manual was released by the Chief Guest, Mr. Nilanjan Sanyal, Additional Secretary to Government of India, Ministry of Women and Child Development, Delhi. This toolkit could be used further as guideline in is a variety of Institutions where children come to contact ranging from schools to boarding houses, hostels and shelter homes and other child care facilities.
This consultation distinctively addressed the needs and wants of children with the changing times especially the need to review Policy and Guidelines on a regular basis which is core key component in the entire co-ordinated law and institutional and government framework for homes and institutions who assume responsibility of children.
Oz-Haat, the Australian High Commission’s popular NGO mela exhibiting the work of Indian community organisations supported by the Australian High Commission’s Direct Aid Program (DAP), was held this year on Saturday, 8 December 2012. Running since 2000, Oz Haat is an initiative of the Australian High Commission which supports the development activities of a range of NGOs across India. Oz Haat mela allows NGOs to display their goods and reach customers across the NCR region.
Like past years, STOP was invited by the Australian High Commission to this years OZ-HAAT, NGO mela. Empowered girls of STOP got the opportunity to participate through two Stalls, one to display Handicrafts and another a Food Stall. Handicrafts created by STOP’s youngsters, like Jute & Leather Bags, Vanity kits, Necklaces, Artificial Jewellery and Mobile Bags were on display for the visiting public. Though both stalls conducted brisk business, the Food Stall
was thumping success which had not only all its produce sold-out before closure of business hours but had numerous enquiries on recipes and cooking techniques. STOP's food stall served the Famous Indian Masala Dosa & Poori with Curry, apart from Cold Soft Beverages and Tea/Coffee.
This event provided opportunity for STOP to raise funds for their Noble mission, network with other NGO’s and Partners of the DAP Initiative. Local Television Network AAJ-TAK covered the STOP stall and learnt of its ongoing mission.
The Australian New Zealand Association, New Delhi [ANZA] is a not for profit organization that offers social support and networking opportunities for Australian and New Zealanders living in and around Delhi. Each year ANZA organises a charity brunch to coincide with Australia's most prestigious horse race, the Melbourne Cup. All proceeds raised are distributed to worthy local charities. The 2013 Melbourne Cup Charity Brunch was dedicated to STOP and all proceeds donated to STOP.
TEXT OF PAPER
India is home to one third of the world’s poor. Some 32.7 per cent of the total population fall below the international poverty line of $1.25 per day, while 68.7 per cent live on less than $2 per day. Of the Indian workforce of 487.6 million people, the second largest in the world, 52 per cent is employed in agriculture, 14 per cent in the service sector and 34 per cent in industry.
There are several root causes of poverty in India. First, less-skilled people, having faced exclusion in education owing to social factors of caste and gender, are entering the workforce where they are unable to compete in a global market for those same reasons, again facing exclusion. Other factors are the State’s scant commitment, in financial terms, to the quality of education in general, the quality and commitment of primary schoolteachers, the curricula and access to higher education and job opportunities in the service and industry sectors. Furthermore, there is an inability to tap the potential of the informal sector, which accounts for 93 per cent of the Indian workforce. The failure to combine academic education with vocational education is a major barrier to development. The population explosion reduces the effectiveness of major poverty alleviation schemes.
The ease of doing business index is the most essential indicator for an economy such as that of India, where 93 per cent of workers are in the informal sector. India is currently ranked 132nd. Most small business aspirants in the informal sector face hardships in, among others, starting a business (owing to the procedures, time, cost and minimum capital required to do so); dealing with construction permits (owing to the procedures, time and cost involved); getting electricity; registering property (owing to the procedures, time and cost involved in registering commercial real estate); getting credit; protecting investors; and paying taxes.
Ensuring poverty eradication, social integration and full employment in India would entail State-driven collective implementation. Such measures need to focus on:
(a) Scaling up the primary and higher education systems in terms of teacher quality and the relevance of the curricula to meet the vocational needs of today;
(b) Establishing an education system that is based on merit and does not have quotas;
(c) Matching the college/higher education system with the competition and needs of the global economy;
(d) Laying special emphasis on including communities with a history of poverty so as to mainstream education as a measure to combat poverty and check the population explosion. There should be a universal education system across all Indian states, which would promote easy movement of labour and access to economic opportunities;
(e) Reenergizing Indian business sectors with know-how and State backing, focusing on, among others, tanneries, the beef and brassware industries, handicrafts and other indigenous areas;
(f) Tapping India’s vast historical legacy as a tourism-friendly destination and providing employment to millions in this sector by improving basic transportation, accommodation and access;
(g) Interlinking Indian waterways to promote domestic and international trade;
(h) Making it easier to do business by removing red tape in the provision of State support for the establishment of small businesses;
(i) Ensuring quick bureaucratic and credit approval for small business applications in the informal sector;
(j) Effectively monitoring the implementation of the International Labour Organization minimum wage and core conventions;
(k) Ensuring comprehension by the State of the composition of the workforce and revising policies to support the small-scale and informal sectors in India (93 per cent of the workforce).
Key development considerations for India
• The achievement of the Millennium Development Goals begins with primary and higher education, where there should be improved funding, better curricula and access for all.
•The State should support the opening of more industries and promote indigenous skills and products.
Infrastructural support should be provided to promote domestic trade and industry.
It should be made easier to set up small and medium-sized businesses, with less State red tape, given that 93 per cent of the Indian workforce is found in the informal sector.
"Judicial Colloquium on Human Trafficking" was organized by Delhi Judicial Academy on 2nd September 2012, Sunday. A speech by Prof. Roma Debabrata was given on Dimensions and Challenges of Human Trafficking. The programme was a part of a multi-prolonged and multi-stakeholder strategy of the Govt. of India in combating trafficking and related trans-national crimes. The Judicial Officers dealing with the cases of Human Trafficking were present in the programme, one of them was Ms. Mukta Gupta, the High Cout Judge who fought cases of Jessica Lal, others.
Awareness Raising Event for Children. On ‘Child Safe Organization’
Venue: Resettlement Colony, Bawana,Delhi
Day: 25th of August 2012. Organized by STOP & ECPAT
Parents and children sought more information on prevention strategy for child abuse and exploitation and accessing redressal mechanisms, since local governments or society large was incapable to provide a protection for children in need.
Most parents were compelled to push their children to work due to poverty, where they are unsafe, undernourished, forced to work and meagerly paid, seldom falling prey to criminals and abuse.
Resource person Dr. Kiran, asked parents to give quality time to their children and keep handy details of Police, NGOs working for the right of children and women and Telephone number of ‘child help line’
She asked Children to never talk and take the offerings from strangers. Should always confide in their parents if anything untoward happens. They should be mix-up with children of their age group only.
Gifts and snacks were distributed to children and parents.
Brief Report of Bangalore visit under DAP.
Day-I , Date-27-07-2012
Meeting with APSA’S team (Association for Promoting Social Action) and Director Ms.Shelly ,
Visit; Bangalore Hospice Trust (BHT), a non-profit Public Charitable Trust, is a hospice rendering palliative care. It treats patients who are in the advanced stage of cancer
Visit to Shivaji temple, Bangalore also known as RVM
Day –II, 28-07-2012
Visit of Tipu Sultan's museum , Kaveri river, Mysore palace and Brindavan Gardens
Visit of Kaveri Nadi
Visit to Mysore Palace
Visit to Birandavan garden
Day-III, Date- 29-07-2012
Workshop on ‘Health reproduction’.
A protective environment for girls and young women in crisis
A cost-effective but a high-value working girls/ women's hostel
Identification and development of their inherent qualities, capacities, and strengths
Institutional support to enable the girls to be independent women
Enhancement of their personality for a healthy overall development
Active participation of the resident in all the aspects of the hostel
Ramola Bhar Charitable Trust
# C-568 - 570, Road No. 5,
JVTS Gardens, Chattarpur Extn.
New Delhi-110074. India.
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