Gender issues are not a women’s only issue but to be owned by the community at large. It is a historic moment for the women’s movement when young men have begun their long march for women’s rights. The Independent Commission for People’s Rights and Development (ICPRD), a national advocacy federation, initiated this innovative and path-breaking movement, Youth Forums Against Gender Based Violence (YFAGBV), from 2004/2005 in rural Karnataka and Rajasthan through which Young men in the age group of 14-17 and 18-24 from low-income communities are combating violence against women at the household and community level. Through this unique methodology, young men are being transformed into allies and promoters of the rights of women.
   
Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues, Madam Melanne Verveer Launches Film ‘Youth Forums Against Gender Based Violence’ on September 15, 2010 in New Delhi, India. Also seen are Dr. Nandini Azad, Chairperson, ICPRD and Youth Forum Members from Rajasthan.
Madam Melanne Verveer speaks at the launch.
   

President Barack Obama’s Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues, Madam Melanne Verveer Launches Film ‘Youth Forums Against Gender Based Violence’ on September 15, 2010 in New Delhi, India.

   
YFAGBV from Rajasthan perform street theatre for Hon’ble Prime Minister’s Wife, Ms. Gursharan Kaur and Chief Minister of Delhi, Smt. Sheila Dikshit.


ABOUT US
In the period of economic reform and globalization, while India’s nuclear capacity has evoked much interest in the West, the inequities of caste, class, religion seem exacaberated without systematic distribution of resources to the poor, women and vulnerable. This has tended to heighten identities (minorities, tribal, women, caste) which has often lead to conflict for resources i.e without proper delivery of services to the poorest of India who have no access to other forms of social security (available in the West) (around 250 million poor live in India).

The Independent Commission for People’s Rights and Development has since the last 10 years through building alliances with multi-party MPs in India (70 no.s) (in SAARC 11 MPs), national coalitions of around 900 small NGOs in 21 States of India, regional and national media, policy makers, academicians, opinion makers and citizens to demonstrate that “the most crucial requirement is “to generate pressure and demand of the Government that large financial resources allocated for the poor by the government reach them-- as well as pro-poor policies to protect them during the period of economic reform. Unless this is undertaken,, communal / caste / youth riots due to unemployment, widespread poverty, growing inequity, development denial will lead to conflict, civil strife and destabilize the governance process. Deepening democracy through exposing political executives to development realities; and dialogue of the poor with governance processes is also vital for National development”.

ICPRD has had the current Hon’ble President of India, Hon’ble Prime Minister’s Commendation of its gender training, participation of Home Minister, Deputy Chairperson – Planning Commission, in its varied meetings.

ICPRD has taken action in three niche areas towards harmonizing the reform process with poverty reduction. These are:

• Policy Advocacy
• Mobilization at the grassroots
• Capacity Building
• Training Technologies and Aids
• Action/Attitudinal Research
• Coalition Building and Network Development

600 events have been taken up in the last 10 years. 10,000 policy makers, 70,000 stakeholders, 5000 poor and tribal women approximately have been reached through these activities.


  ICPRD's many firsts




Citizens’ Interface: Building a Network of Parliamentarians/Legislators for Development – MPs Exposure Visits
   
Young Men’s Forums Against Gender Based Violence (YFAGBV)
   
Public Hearing of Farmers’ Suicide Victims Families at the Planning Commission:
“Voices from the Ground”
   
Translation of tools in local Santhali or tribal language
   

SAARC Regional Meets on Gender and Poverty/Gender and Development

   
Gender Budgeting
   
Member-Secretary Privileged
   
Tsunami : Disaster Management

 

OUR WORK
Policy Advocacy
   
Mobilization at the grassroots
   
Capacity Building
   
Training Technologies and Aids
   
Action/Attitudinal Research
   
Coalition Building and Network Development
   

ACTIVITIES
Young Men’s Forums Against Gender Based Violence
   
Citizens’ Interface: Building a Network of Parliamentarians/Legislators for Development – MPs’ Exposure Visits
   
Drought and Farmers’ Suicides
   
Trailblazing Micro-Finance Movement in Jharkhand: Preventing Agricultural Distress and Suicides
   
SAARC Gender and Poverty
   
SAARC Gender and Development

NEWSLETTERS
   
Newsletter Issue 3
   
Newsletter Issue 4
   
Newsletter Issue 5
   
Newsletter Issue 6
   
Newsletter Issue 7
   
Newsletter Issue 8
   
Newsletter Issue 9

Commendations from Hon'ble Prime Minister
   
   

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