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International Day of Action for Women’s Health 2020: Safe abortion services

In today’s day and age, the restriction around women’s access to safe abortion is preposterous. The Pratigya Campaign aims to destigmatize the conversation around abortion. Abortion is an essential healthcare service and should be a key constituent of universal health coverage. In the Indian context, abortion is still a stigmatized subject and considered taboo, for...
Officers from the Indian Territorial Army distributing essential kits to trangenders

Indian Territorial Army officers distribute essential kits to sex workers and transgenders in Mumbai

The nationwide lockdown has gravely impacted several communities. The most affected of these are commercial sex workers, transgenders, daily wagers hailing from the overpopulated slum areas. In an attempt to support the vulnerable groups in Mumbai, three officers of the Indian Territorial Army have come forward to distribute ration and hygiene kits. The undertaking was...
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Building Back West Bengal in Aftermath of Cyclone Amphan

Cyclone Amphan made landfall near Sagar Island West Bengal on 20th May with speed touching 185 kmph, claiming lives of over 80 people in West Bengal. While thousands of affected families are suffering through the aftermath of the most intense cyclones, the risk of spreading coronavirus is looming large. Basis the first level need-assessment...

International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia: Beating the queer-entine blues

In addition to the economic impact, the ongoing global health crisis has also created panic and anxiety amongst the general population. While recent reports suggest a surge mental health related issues, the LGBT+ community are more likely to struggle during this period; due to the stigma and discrimination attached to their identity. Salesforce India has...

Dialogues on Skill Development and Entrepreneurship at Charcha 2020

National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), in partnership with The/Nudge Foundation, and supported by the deAsra Foundation and G.A.M.E. India is organising the Skill Development and Entrepreneurship event at #charcha2020 scheduled from May 14-16. The virtual event aims to act as a platform towards enabling constructive conversations on ways to overcome the unprecedented challenges posed by...

Indian Govt. takes short video route to empower youth against COVID-19

Indian government’s citizen engagement platform MyGovIndia has launched an official profile on Likee App, a short video platform by Singapore-based BIGO Technology, to expand the ambit of the ongoing efforts to tackle the crisis triggered by the Coronavirus pandemic. On 26th April 2020, MyGovIndia went live on Likee to stream the 64th edition of...

COVID-19 Impact: Spike in unintended pregnancies in India

An unintended fallout of the nationwide lockdown since 25th March is the inability of millions of women to access their choice of contraception. In 2019, as per the Health Management Information System (HMIS), 35 lac sterilizations, 57 lac IUCDs, 18 lac injectable contraceptive (IC) services were provided by the public sector. Public health facilities also...

COVID-19 News: Over 150 organisations in India come together to form COVID Action Collab

To combat the spread of COVID 19 effectively, a collaborative of organizations and networks representing the public, private, civil society, academic and other sectors have come together to form the #COVIDActionCollab (CAC). The purpose is to support various stakeholders - civil society, private sector, academics, networks, foundations and governments, to rapidly and cost-effectively: 1. Prevent new...

Lockdown Update: Shramik Special Trains for stranded migrant workers, pilgrims, tourists & students

Labour Day brings good news for workers stuck away from home due to COVID-19. As per the guideline issued by Ministry of Home Affairs, “Shramik Special” trains will run from today, to move migrant workers, pilgrims, tourists, students and other persons stranded at different places due to lockdown. These special trains will be run from...

A R Rahman & Prasoon Joshi’s new song #HumHaarNahiMaanenge is dedicated to COVID-19 fighters

HDFC Bank today released #HumHaarNahiMaanenge (we will not give up), a collaborative song as a tribute to the millions of Indians who are standing together to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. https://youtu.be/2VqBlZZ4H6E The song is composed by the legendary composer A.R. Rahman, and the lyrics are by lyricist Prasoon Joshi. The track also brings together an ensemble...

Labour Day 2020: Assisted job registry launched for migrant workers in India

A huge chunk of the migrant population, having lost their jobs, have moved back home or are living a very difficult existence right now. This is reflected in the decline in domestic remittances, which from a monthly run rate of ₹1500-₹2000 crore for PayNearby, and approximately ₹10000 crores for the entire industry has dropped...

COVID-19 News – Free mental well-being webinars for students across India

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, research has found a broad worsening of mental health indicators among college students in the country. Now, students are facing new, complex challenges such as adapting to distance learning, isolation from peers, concerns about family, health, career and financial security. St. Mira's College for Girls, Pune organised a series of...

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