Historic JudgmentLise Grande, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative congratulates the country for the landmark Supreme Court judgment recognizing the rights of the transgender community to choose their identity.
India Election Diary 2014: Learning from India’s ExperienceA 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: Voting Rights for TransgendersVoices 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.
One Day on Earth (11.11.11): In BetweenInvisible and marginalized, transgenders face enormous discrimination and stigma. This one day on earth video tracks the transgender community in Chhattisgarh, as they try to carve a space of their own and be heard.
One Day on Earth (12.12.12): Towards a Secure Future for All - Ajmer, RajasthanThe video, shot on 12.12.12, as part of the Global One Day on Earth project, shows how a pilot project, supported by UNDP, is creating awareness and strengthening capacities of women and children affected by HIV in Ajmer in Rajasthan. As a result of this partnership, a women’s resource centre, the first such centre dedicated to women affected by HIV, has been established to help women avail benefits under various government schemes and programmes; raise awareness about HIV/AIDS, and sexual and reproductive health and rights of women; and develop skills to increase their incomes.
Social Protection in IndiaTowards mitigating the impact of HIV and AIDS by providing access to entitlements and livelihood options, Swasti supported by NACO and UNDP tested models to facilitate access to and uptake of social protection schemes by MARPS and PLHIV. The other objectives were also to provide legal protection and to generate a favourable policy climate through advocacy on the issue of social protection for these groups. This initiative by Swasti was given the name of Utkarsha.