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World Food Day 2020: Nutri-thali, New Coin and Roti Bank in India

World Food Day 2020 falls on the 75th anniversary of Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today. There is more buzz surrounding this day than usual. For one, the World Food Programme (WFP) bagged the Nobel Peace Prize this week. The award-winning WFP is the food assistance branch of the United Nations, fighting hunger and...

October is LGBT History Month!

Globally, LGBT History Month is held every October as a celebration of inspirational personalities who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer. As we close one fortnight and enter the second one in LGBT History Month 2020, let's salute queer icons in India. Without these courageous personalities, the queer movement wouldn’t have been alive...

Do you have coronaphobia?

Coronaphobia is affecting more people than the coronavirus. Call it another byproduct of the global pandemic. Or an adverse effect of these “unprecedented times”. Coronaphobia is a relatively new psychological condition that is causing as much distress as getting infected with COVID-19. What is coronaphobia? Coronaphobia is the name for the fear and anxiety of getting...

CSR on International Day of the Girl Child 2020

Today is a day of celebration and activism; International Day of the Girl Child 2020 in the midst of a pandemic brings education and empowerment of girls to the fore. Across the world and particularly in India, research has indicated that educating girls has far-reaching, positive effects. Educated girls tend to marry later, have fewer...

Top Companies Investing in CSR for Mental Health

As we conclude our special coverage for World Mental Health Day 2020, we honour Best Practices by Indian companies in CSR for mental health. Infosys, TCS, IDFC FIRST Bank, Dabur, Aditya Birla are among the top companies funding and designing programmes for mental health awareness and treatment. Their programmes take into account the importance...

Himmat Hai Toh Jeet Hai: Feroz Abbas Khan and Poonam Muttreja, PFI

Together, we can surmount any crisis – including a global pandemic. This is the underlying message of nonprofit organization Population Foundation of India’s new campaign that is trying to put some cheer back in people’s lives. The CSR Journal spoke to Poonam Muttreja, Executive Director, Population Foundation of India (PFI) and two-time National Award-winning filmmaker...

CSR project Stainless Aashiyana emancipating domestic violence victims

The lockdown has given no respite to victims of domestic violence. In fact, their torture has worsened in the pandemic since they were in close quarters with their partners who are usually the perpetrators. The National Commission for Women recorded more cases of domestic violence during COVID-19 pandemic than in the last decade. This...

World Sight Day 2020: CSR for the visually challenged

World Sight Day is a global day for putting the spotlight on vision impairment and blindness. The theme for World Sight Day 2020 is 'Hope in Sight' which makes the story of Vijeta Parmar a perfect tale for the day. Vijeta is pursuing her Master's degree in Political Science from Delhi University. She is sharp...

Citizen social responsibility (CSR) – Viral #BabaKaDhaba video brings elderly couple hope

All the talk of the perils of social media aside, there is goodness to be found on it, once in a blue moon. Those good stories, few and far between, are driven by people owning up to their citizen social responsibility in the most unexpected places. One such is the little #BabaKaDhaba food stall...

5 Bollywood celebs talking #MentalHealth

In the lead-up to World Mental Health Day 2020, we are looking at Bollywood celebs talking #mentalhealth. These are people from the entertainment industry who have opened up about their own mental health issues and, in the process, widened the conversation about this topic to the masses. Famous Bollywood celebs talking #mentalhealth These personalities have, knowingly...

World Mental Health Day 2020: Greater Investment, Greater Access

What do you do when you have a toothache? Visit a dentist would be the best guess. What about persistent acne? A skin specialist or a dermatologist would fix that. Seeking out professional help when you're concerned about your mental wellbeing is as simple as that. Demonising the mentally ill is no solution. We...

World Animal Day 2020 – Adopt Indie Breeds

Human beings are celebrating World Animal Day 2020 on October 4. For the rest of the living beings on the planet though, isn't every day animal day? Homo sapiens would be quite a self-centred species to believe that only we were born to own the land and plunder natural resources with no concern for...

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