Entries under ‘India’

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I Am Nirbhaya

One year after the hideous gang rape of a girl on a bus in Delhi, India Unheard has a very well-made film on the continuing problem of rape in India. For more background material on the rape cases in this video, go to
http://www.videovolunteers.org/nirbhaya/ and screen the individual video stories. The Delhi gang rape was the only conviction of 706 reported cases of rape in Delhi that year. From the fact the reports of rape have doubled since, we can surmise that 706 is a significant undercount. More sunlight on this extremely complicated issue is needed.

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Everyday in India, almost forty girls under the age of fifteen are forced into prostitution. This film suggests a simple way by which we can help stop this inhuman practice. … A film by Global March Against Child Labor (Bachpan Bachao Andolan) set to “These Streets” performed by Paolo Nutini.

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Not Made By Children

“A tool kit for understanding the realities, responses and responsibilities of stakeholders” – A Film by Global March Against Child Labour

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Climate Changing Communities

Greenhouse gases, carbon footprints, energy efficiency, protracted debates between politicians and thinkers. Is this what you think of when you think of climate change? For most people climate change is something that lies in the distant future.

For people like Bhan, Devidas, Jitendra Luxmi and their communities, who depend heavily on climate sensitive natural resources, climate change is a reality that has altered their lives drastically. Ironically, this vulnerable section of society is the one that is most excluded from policy decisions on climate change.

Through a collaborative project, Video Volunteers and the Indian Network on Ethics and Climate Change have documented the effects of climate change on local communities across 14 states in India. This Web show is a compilation of the 18 videos that were created by Community Correspondents across the country. The videos make it very clear that the ground reality of climate change cannot be ignored any longer and that India must incorporate this reality in a strong policy to tackle climate change and assist those affected by it.

You’ve heard what the climate change experts have to say. Now you can see the stories of those directly affected by climate change. To ensure that these voices are heard and included in the climate change discussion, we ask you to forward this webpage to others, particularly organisations that work with climate change.

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A Path to Dignity: The Power of Human Rights Education

A Path to Dignity: The Power of Human Rights Education is a 28 minute long documentary which demonstrates the impact of human rights education. Successful practices and projects in India, Australia and Turkey illustrate the power of human rights education in transforming people’s lives and empowering individuals to make a difference in their communities.

The film is a collaborative effort between Human Rights Education Associates, Sokka Gakkai International and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

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Many Indian Maids at Risk of Sexual Abuse

A short piece produced by Al Jazeera in 2011 on the risk of sexual abuse that domestic workers, particularly children, face in India.

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The Most Bang for the Buck

This week at Media Voices, in The Storm of Homelessness, Jamila Larson considers the aftermath of the severe storms and power outages in Washington, D.C. in contrast to the invisible and everyday emergencies faced by poor families whose stay in housing is so tenuous that a single unforeseen event – an illness, an accident or [...]

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Yasmeen’s Story

This video was produced by Mahita in Hyderabad, India. Mahita was established in 1995 to implement socially just, economically viable, and culturally vibrant development programs in the urban slums of Hyderabad. As part of an integrated effort to address the vulnerabilities of girl children in slum areas, Mahita operates 11 community learning centers in urban slums for girls aged 6 to 18.

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World Day Against Child Labor 2012 – An Appraisal

” For 215 million children, this day should be every day” (U.R. Romano) This week at Media Voices, we turn to friends, mentors and colleagues to share their views on progress and setbacks in the global campaign to end the worst forms of child labor.

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A Week of Accomplishments

Last week was quite significant in the struggle for abolition of child labour in India. The Union Minister of Labour, Mr. Mallikarjun Kharge; Leader of the Opposition in the Parliament Mrs. Sushma Swaraj as well as 65 Members of Parliament, including some of the political stalwarts of the country expressed their support and assured us [...]

Girl Killers
Girls and Boys

This week at Media Voices, we have a film, Girl Killers, produced for Austrian Broadcasting by Marion Mayer-Hohdahl and distributed by Journeyman Pictures.

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Girl Killers (Journeyman Pictures)

An Indian proverb says raising a daughter is like watering your neighbour’s garden and the burden of having girls means many are killed at birth. We follow the difficult lives of those who survive the practice.

A film by Marion Mayer-Hohdahl for ORF

Twenty seven percent of Indians live below the poverty line and as a women, this economic status brings a life of enmity. A bride’s parents must provide a dowry which often bankrupts the family. As a result female infanticide is a widespread tradition: “We accept the first girl, the second should be killed, then the third will be a son.” But now the women are fighting back by forming self-help groups which offer a range of programmes from skills training, to saving and loan schemes. It’s all in the hope that through giving women a more constructive role in society more girls will be saved.

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India Country Profile

from the US Department of Labor’s 2010 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor

Getting to Social Justice – Inch by Inch

This week at Media Voices, we are looking at the Dalits’ struggle for full equality and the incremental shifts that are taking place in India and Nepal. SOMO, the Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations, a Dutch NGO, has a follow-up on last year’s report, Captured by Cotton, on young Dalit girls working as bonded [...]

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Child-Friendly Villages (Bal Mitra Gram)

In this video the Indian child rights organization Bachpan Bachao Andolan introduces the idea of Bal Mitra Gram or Child-Friendly Villages as a way of fighting child labor at the source, in the poor villages of India’s impoverished countryside. Kailash Satyarthi explains the idea of political representation of children by means of a children’s parliament that brings issues to the village leadership for action, issues like lack of potable water or girl’s bathrooms at the local school.

Jars containing deformed foetuses preserved from the 1984 Bhopal gas disaster at the forensic department of Gandhi Medical College in Bhopal
Who’s Responsible for Cleaning Up Bhopal?

This week at Media Voices, we have the trailer for Bhopali, Max Carlson’s new documentary on the ongoing aftermath of the most horrific industrial accident of all time. We also have an interview with Max. Bhopali is about the efforts of the survivors to get Union Carbide, the company that bought its assets, Dow Chemical, [...]

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A Life Free From Hunger: Tackling Child Malnutrition

Save the Children UK has issued this report on chronic malnutrition and stunted growth in malnourished children. In a wide-ranging survey conducted with some of the world’s poorest families, a third of parents revealed that their children complained they didn’t have enough to eat, and one in six said their children were skipping school to work for food, while the new report outlines the pitifully slow progress on global malnutrition rates among children.

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Interview with Bhopali Director Max Carlson

What got you onto this topic originally? How did you find Sanjay? I found out about the tragedy in Bhopal through friends who volunteered at the Sambhavna Clinic, a clinic in Bhopal which treats survivors of the disaster for free,

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Bhopali (Trailer)

Bhopali is a feature documentary about the survivors of the world’s worst industrial disaster, the 1984 Union Carbide gas leak in Bhopal, India. Today the suffering continues, prompting victims to fight for justice against Union Carbide, the American corporation responsible for the disaster. Produced and directed by Max Carlson.

Every Thirty Minutes
Seeds of Despair

Several years ago, Dr. Wangari Maathai told us something I’ve never forgotten. If you want to save children, you must save communities. Because children are part of their communities. This week at Media Voices, we have a report issued by the NYU Center for Human Rights and Global Justice, Every Thirty Minutes: Farmer Suicides, Human [...]

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Every Thirty Minutes: Farmer Suicides, Human Rights and the Agrarian Crisis in India

More than a quarter of a million Indian farmers have committed suicide in the last 16 years—the largest wave of recorded suicides in human history. A great number of those affected are cash crop farmers, and cotton farmers in particular. This Center for Human Rights and Global Justice Report focuses on the human rights of Indian farmers and of the estimated 1.5 million surviving family members who have been affected by the farmer suicide crisis to date. Economic reforms and the opening of Indian agriculture to the global market over the past two decades have increased costs, while reducing yields and profits for many farmers, to the point of great financial and emotional distress. As a result, smallholder farmers are often trapped in a cycle of debt.

Bus Schools
Bus Schools

Millions of children living in the slums of Delhi in India do not have access to formal education. Many families prefer their children to work and earn an income rather than attend school. “It’s bad when we are told that we are an illiterate group and that we don’t know anything,” says Nishi, one of the children enrolled in the “bus schools.” They are built from converted school buses that visit contact points in the city, teaching an estimated 300 children for two hours daily. The aim of the bus schools is to eventually enroll the children in formal education in government schools.

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Child Brides and the Promise of School

This week at Media Voices we have a film by Stephanie Sinclair, Too Young to Wed, about child marriage. Be warned: this film has some shattering images. In eight years of work in Afghanistan, Yemen, Nepal and Ethiopia (partially funded by National Geographic), Sinclair documented child marriage, which affects millions of children and very young [...]

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Too Young to Wed

Every year, throughout the world, millions of young girls are forced into marriage. Child marriage is outlawed in many countries and international agreements forbid the practice yet this tradition still spans continents, language, religion and caste.

Over an eight-year period, photographer Stephanie Sinclair has investigated the phenomenon of child marriage in India, Yemen, Afghanistan, Nepal and Ethiopia. Her multimedia presentation, produced in association with National Geographic, synthesizes this body of work into a call to action. See also the related article here (Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting)