• India Election Diary 2014: Voting Rights for Transgenders

    Voices of members of transgender community from Karnataka, India who voted for the first time as ‘others’ in the 2014 national elections. In 2009, the Election Commission of India had issued a directive allowing a third gender choice – "other" – on voter registration forms.

  • India Election Diary 2014: World’s Biggest Elections Come to an End

    Varanasi, one of the oldest cities in the world went to polls in the final phase of India’s national elections. As the world’s largest democratic exercise came to a close, 67 percent of an estimated 830 million voters had cast their ballot across the country. Witnessing the elections were 43 members of electoral commissions from developing countries who were invited by the Election Commission of India and UNDP as part of a learning programme on electoral management.

  • India Election Diary 2014: Learning from India’s Experience

    A delegation from Namibia’s Election Commission visited the state of Karnataka in south India to learn how electronic voting can be an important tool in its forthcoming general elections. UNDP facilitated the visit as part of its partnership with the Election Commission of India to further South-South cooperation on electoral management. An estimated 830 million voters are exercising their votes in the 2014 national elections, the world’s biggest democratic exercise.

  • India Election Diary 2014: The Power of Convergence

    Seamless convergence between central and state government agencies, local municipalities and Central Armed Police forces was on display for an international delegation of election officials from Lesotho, Malaysia and Nigeria that travelled to Uttar Pradesh to witness India’s general elections.

  • India Election Diary 2014: Women Vote in Large Numbers in Shimla

    Women came out in large numbers to vote in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh in the eighth phase of India’s 2014 general elections. Delegates from eight countries of the League of Arab Nations, Kenya, Uganda, Myanmar and Bhutan were in the city to learn how India manages its elections. The visit was facilitated by the Election Commission of India and UNDP as part of the partnership on supporting electoral management.

  • India Election Diary 2014: India’s Young Voters Impress Nepal’s Poll Officials

    The palpable excitement of first-time voters, the high turnout of women electorate and the sheer scale of polling enthralled the 14-member electoral delegation from Nepal, which visited Howrah district in West Bengal to witness the seventh phase of the India’s 16th national elections.

  • 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.