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Welcome to November 2015

As we welcome November 2015 and ready ourselves to celebrate the festival of lights - Diwali - I am reminded of a Hindi couplet by Naushad:

Tum chiraagon ki tarah raah mein jalte rahna, Har andhere to ujaalon mein badalte rahna

Loosely translated, it means:

Be like a lone flame on a dark night,
Conquer the darkness with your light.


This, in fact, is the spirit of IPE Global Group - and every year we renew this commitment during Diwali.

IPE Global continues to spread the light of hope and cheer in the lives of millions through its innovative and involved approach to development. And with all your support, will continue to do so.

I wish all of you a very prosperous Diwali and hope that all of us will continue to act as beacons of light - conquering the darkness within and outside us.

Best wishes
- Ashwajit Singh
Editorial

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Canada’s new Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has formed an equally gender balanced Ministerial team with 15 women and 15 men, which includes two aboriginal members of Parliament and three Sikh politicians as well. This reflects not only a commitment to diversity but also to women empowerment.

Taking inspiration from the above and the upcoming International Day of Elimination of Violence Against Women on 25th November, 2015, we have focussed on ‘Women Empowerment’ as the focus for this edition of Inspire.

The News of the Month elaborates on the Charter of the Women’s Rights Bill, 2015 which was shared by the Delhi Dialogue Commission and its proposed progressive features.

You can also read about development sector news and aid roundup clocked this month in the edition.

Happy reading and be Inspired!

- Rebika Laishram & Tanya Uke

News Of The Month
Progressive Women’s Rights Draft Bill, 2015 Introduced in India

Everyone has a responsibility to prevent and end violence against women and girls, starting by challenging the culture of discrimination that allows it to continue,- United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon.

Violence against women continues to be a global pandemic and is a consequence of discrimination against women - in law, practice, social conditioning of the society and of persisting inequalities. These attitudes result in impacting the progress in areas of poverty eradication, peace & security, combating HIV/AIDS, etc. Atleast 35% of women and girls globally experience some form of physical and/or sexual violence in their lifetime with up to seven in ten women facing abuse in some countries. 25th November has been designated as the ‘International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women’ (EVAW) by United Nations in order to highlight this issue. The date of 25th November was chosen to commemorate the Mirabal sisters, three political activists from the Dominican Republic, who were brutally assassinated in 1960 during the Rafael Trujillo dictatorship (1930-1961).

In order to work towards eliminating violence against women, the nation should focus on enhancing security, social & economic empowerment of women and strengthening legislative provisions and its implementation. In a bid to achieve the same, the Justice J. S. Verma Committee recommended Charter of the Women’s Rights Bill, 2015 has been proposed in India by the Delhi Dialogue Commission at the Delhi Secretariat. Delhi is set to become the first state to take this policy decision that specifies equality before the law for every woman.

Features of the Charter of the Women’s Rights Bill, 2015

The Charter proposes various progressive features which women shall be entitled to which includes their ‘Right to Life, Security, and Bodily Integrity’. Point 17 of Chapter III of the Charter also states that every woman shall be protected from all forms of violence irrespective of whether the violence takes place in private or public, including unwanted or forced sexual intercourse or activity. The Charter also proposes that every woman shall have access to public transport facilities without fear of the risk of violation of her dignity in any form by means of teasing, molestation, stalking or any other form of intimidatory behaviour. The Charter also seeks to ensure that the state shall promptly provide effective mechanisms and accessible services for information, redressal, rehabilitation and reparation of every woman being a survivor of violence.

It is imperative that all stakeholders work towards women safety and empowerment. The Bill has been proposed with an intense focus on addressing the issue of the implementation of the fundamental rights guaranteed by the Constitution and various existing statures which includes (and not limited to) protection against all forms of violence. It is hoped that the draft Bill will be submitted to the Cabinet and processed successfully and result in enabling women to seek redressal of their grievances in a time-bound and effective manner.

Development News Round Up

World Bank Group Supporting Social Enterprises in India

The World Bank Group supported social enterprises, Waterlife India and GNRC Private Hospitals were showcased as scalable solutions during the India-Africa Forum Summit in October 27-29, 2015, as part... Click here

Asian Development Bank (ADB) , IndusInd Bank and IFMR Capital sign accord

ADB, IBL and IFMR Capital signed the second partial guarantee programme to provide local currency financing to microfinance institutions in India... Click here

World Bank and ADB staff weigh in on launch of new banks

The launch of new multilateral development banks, namely the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and the New Development Bank led by Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) was deemed an important factor,...Click here

AID Round Up

ADB to aid for improving Rural Roads in five Indian States

Government signs loan agreement with Asian Development Bank for $273 million loan under rural connectivity investment program for improving rural roads in States of Assam, Chattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal...Click here

ADB helps finance India’s renewable energy goals

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is to loan $200 million to India to support renewable energy projects. The loan has been granted under an agreement signed by the ADB and the Indian Government and is the first payment of a multi-tranche loan worth $500 million in total.... Click here

West Bengal seeks World Bank loan to finish projects before 2016 polls

Aiming to complete its central government backed rural development projects before the Assembly polls next year, West Bengal Government has written to World Bank for a soft loan of Rs. 4,000 crore...Click here

 
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