Monday, July 17, 2017

Nanna Olage Indira

Incidents of crime against women have been on a rise in India for last few years. More and more women are joining the urban workforce and safety of women continues to be a critical area of concern, in spite of many laws laid down by the Government.

In key economic hubs like Delhi, Gurgaon, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Chennai and Pune, there has been a steady increase in the number of cases of harassment and molestation being reported.

However, the conviction rates are poor because of the poor judicial system, lack of awareness, faulty methods of collecting forensic evidence and limited use of modern technology.

Most cases of sexual harassment at home, work or public places are often not reported due to cultural inhibitions in many parts of the country; where the stigma is attached to the victim/saviour rather than the perpetrator of the crime, who often gets away.

At Kaagaz Foundation, we have been propagating the concepts of women's safety which increases awareness to deal any unsafe situations. It also teaches women how to protect themselves against a physical attack using commonsense and basic self-defence techniques.

Nanna Olage Indira, a women safety handbook is step towards making the environment safe for women, to empower them so that they can continue to contribute towards India's progress.

On the birth centenary year of the 1st women Prime Minster of India Smt Indira Gandhi, who has been a role model for many generations of women Nanna Olage Indira aims to invoke the power of Smt Indira Gandhi in every woman to stand up for herself in the face of adversities.

- Kavitha Reddy

Nanna Olage Indira - Women Safety Handbook 

Friday, June 16, 2017

The 33% !

Affirmative action globally has been a way forward to proactively involve people across the society, thereby ensuring opportunities for the sections of the society and empowering the less privileged. Less privileged would encompass economic, social, gender, regional and is not restricted to a certain category.

In India Affirmative action is identified as Reservation, and there have been many debates for and against Reservation, but the truth remains that Reservations indeed has helped the socially background section of the society to join the main stream seamlessly. But there is still a long way to go to ensure socially backward communities to reach a level playing ground.

Reservation for Women in Panchayats, Municipality, Assembly and Parliament has been a very seriously debated issue, even though at Panchayats and Municipality level there is already Reservation for Women and it has given political identity, women in our Assemblies and Parliament is a rare sight! One would have assumed that with political empowerment at the Panchayat and Municipality women would reach Assemblies and Parliament eventually, but it has not been so.

Hence, Reservation for women in Assemblies and Parliament has now reach a point where it’s not only important but immediate requirement too. The % of women in Assemblies and Parliament has been on a decline and much lesser compared to even our neighboring countries. Empowering women politically is the most important step towards seeking a gender equal society. The push towards 33% Reservation in Assemblies and Parliament was made in 2008, but due to the lack of numbers in the Rajya Sabha the Women Reservation Bill that was passed in Lok Sabha lapsed as it could not sail through the Rajya Sabha.

Now the time has come, when both the national parties has promised the passing of the 33% Women Reservation Bill in their manifesto and both have the numbers in LS & RS so the passing of the bill should be just a formality. Bill or no Bill its time political parties start with more representation for women and also consider more women candidates for Assembly and Parliament elections.

With Sonia Gandhi, President of the Indian National Congress taking the lead with a signature campaign to put pressure on the BJP lead NDA Govt at the center to table the Bill and create a passage to pass the Bill, we hope to see 33% women in our Assemblies and Parliament.


Thursday, May 25, 2017

Launch of BBMP Green App

BBMP Green App an initiative by BBMP to involve Citizens in increasing the Green cover by ordering 15 varieties of saplings using the APP, the BBMP Green App was launched on 21th May 2017 by Minister KJ George. 

BBMP intends to given away over 10 lac sapling to the citizens free of cost, there by increasing citizen participation in making the city Green.

Myself and Anil anchored the event and it's indeed a Great initiative, a 1st of its kind in the country!