• Legal Protection Against Domestic Violence in India | भारत में घरेलु हिंसा के खिलाफ विविध सरंक्षण

    Estimates suggest 70 percent of women in India have withstood either physical or sexual violence in their lifetime. The video, produced in partnership with the Department of Justice, Ministry of Law and Justice, reveals the different forms that domestic violence can take and importantly, the legal protection available to victims of this violence.

  • कानून को जाने - मंगला

    Mangla, an uneducated rural woman helped her son get bail for a crime he was wrongly accused of having committed and fought a case against her husband in a Lok Adalat. Her empowerment has been a result of free legal aid and counseling services available under the Legal Service Authority Act, 1987.

  • Journey to Justice

    The video shows how UNDP’s partnership with the Department of Justice, Ministry of Law and Justice, Government of India is helping poor and marginalized communities across India access justice and secure their entitlements. Since 2009, the partnership has reached out to two million people including women, dalits, scheduled castes, and scheduled tribes and people with disabilities in seven states of India. As a result of the partnership, legal information centres and mobile Right to Information clinics have been established to help communities learn about and demand their rights. In addition, radio and training programmes enable widespread dissemination of information on a range of legal rights.

  • Equitable Access to Justice: Legal Empowerment, Legal Aid and Making it work for the Poor and Marginalised

    An international conference to share good practices and innovative approaches to enabling legal empowerment and securing legal aid for poor communities was organized by UNDP, in partnership with the Department of Justice, Government of India. At the conference, two knowledge products- a training manual for judges on laws and issues related to marginalized communities; and user manual on Forest Rights Act and Panchayat (Extension to Scheduled Areas Act, 1996) were also released.

  • Role of the Second High-Level Committee on the Status of Women

    Rita Sarin, Country Director of the Hunger Project in India and Member of the High-level Committee on the role of the second High-Level Committee on the Status of Women. Ms. Sarin said that the report of the second High-Level Committee would undertake a comprehensive study to understand the status of women as well as evolve appropriate policy interventions based on a contemporary assessment of women’s needs.

  • Space and Presence: Women and the Media in India

    A two-day consultation (4-5 Feb 2014) supported by UNDP brought together some of the most powerful women in India’s media, policymakers and activists, to provide inputs to the High Level Committee on the Status of Women. Constituted more than four decades after the last High Level Committee on the Status of Women, the Committee set up by the Government of India, examines the status of women in contemporary India and assesses the impact of policy and legislation on women’s equality. The ‘Women and Media’ consultation was part of a series of consultations held since 2013 supported by UNDP.

  • Managing Elections; Strengthening Democracy - Learning from the India Experience

    Over 36 million people voted in state elections in Delhi and Rajasthan. Their progress was watched by a delegation of representatives from seven countries including Iraq, Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon, Senegal and the Gambia. This sharing of knowledge and experience was made possible through a partnership between the Election Commission of India and the United Nations Development Programme which aims to support electoral management in other development countries.

  • Who sets the Agenda?

    Using a Government of India–UNDP project on natural resources as a case study, this film aims to create awareness about the importance of participatory monitoring and evaluation (PME) as a tool to improve implementation and results and to improve participation and ownership in any developmental programme or project in India.

  • One Day on Earth (12.12.12): Voices of the Marginalized- Sundergarh, Odisha

    The video, shot on 12.12.12, as part of the Global One Day on Earth project, captures voices of the people of the district and shows how UNDP’s partnership with the Government of Odisha is bringing about change, in an area where 65 percent of the population live in poverty.

  • UNDP Calls for the Formation of a Caucus of Women Political Leaders across Party Lines

    UNDP called for the formation of a caucus of women political leaders across party lines to enhance women’s participation within political parties and to advocate for the Women’s Reservation Bill as a collective voice at the Roundtable on Women’s Participation in Politics on 12 October 2012. In discussion with parliamentarians, social activists and grassroots leaders at the roundtable, organized by UNDP, UN Under-Secretary-General and UNDP Associate Administrator, Rebeca Grynspan said, “More diverse participation in politics is not only good for women but is key for society and a strong democracy.” The roundtable also gave an opportunity to women to discuss how social norms and patriarchal mindsets were preventing them from entering politics. India ranks 129 out of 147 countries on UNDP’s Gender Equality Index, lower than all South Asian countries except Afghanistan at 141. One of the key factors pulling down India’s rank on this index is the low level women’s representation in Parliament at just under 11 percent.