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Radio Programs and Elected Women Representatives Increase Visibility of THP-India in 2012
Update to the Global Board
THP-India works in eight states, 105 districts and more than 3,500 village clusters (panchayats) across the country. During this reporting period, THP-India trained elected women representatives and coordinated bottom-up gender-focused program activities in areas of: Strengthening Women’s Leadership, Federation Building, Making Panchayats Effective, Influencing Public Opinion, and Advocacy & Alliances
In Odisha, THP-India completed a successful SWEEP (Strengthening Women’s Empowerment in the Electoral Processes) Campaign – a voter awareness campaign aimed at mobilizing women to take political action. Out of 2,438 participants in potential leaders’ workshop, 1,226 participants filed nominations, and 719 of them won. The campaign achieved a significant improvement in the voting percentage among women. More than 900 women from THP-India’s working areas became proposers / seconders and polling agents. This was for the first time that so many women came out to participate in such other spheres of the electoral process.
In Rajasthan, THP hosted the visit of a 27-member team from the Common Bank of Australia (CBA), along with five representatives of THP-Australia and New York. The visit was a part of a leadership building program of the CBA and was also aimed at showcasing THP’s work to the larger audience.
In Karnataka, SUGRAMA (the State-level federation of EWRs) organized a convention that saw the participation of over 70 Elected Women Representatives (EWRs). Also, members of SUGRAMA steering committee along with the members of advisory committee met Mr. Jagadish Shetter, Minister of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Government of Karnataka to apprise him of the activities of SUGRAMA and to extend support to the government’s plan for conducting direct elections and on the 30-month tenure for Presidents.
In Madhya Pradesh, three episodes of radio-based plays were developed and broadcasted on the issue of malnutrition. The roles of relevant stakeholders in ensuring healthy life for children like family members, pregnant and lactating mothers were explored. Different social, cultural and economic factors that contribute to malnutrition were also addressed in the plays.
In Uttarakhand, two sets of intra-state, inter-district exposure visits for federation leaders were organized. The objective of the visit was to garner better understanding of federation work, and to share work-related experience of federation leaders belonging to two different areas. The participating EWRs discussed their work in Panchayats, federation-related activities, the issues addressed by their respective federations, the processes of advocacy on these issues. It was a good opportunity for federation leaders to gain better understanding of federation work through the process of co-learning.
In Madhya Pradesh, a three-day training on “Accessing Law and Institutions of Justice” was held with 21 federation members from nine block-level federations and 14 partner staff members. The training included sessions on (a) selected laws related to women; (b) dealing with impediments in accessing institutions such as Panchayat, Sub-Divisional Magistrate(SDM) courts, appellate authorities, police stations; and (c) different courts and strategy for legal advocacy of case studies shared by each federation in open discussions.
Annual, mid-term and quarterly reports for Forum Syd, CORDAID, Ribbink Van Den Hoek Foundation and UN Women were submitted during this reporting period. Also, UN WOMEN commissioned an external audit exclusively for their project.
October 7, 2012