UN’s ‘Free and Equal’ Campaign: Protecting the Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender PeopleLise Grande, United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative says the UN’s ‘Free and Equal’ is an opportunity to reaffirm our commitment that human rights are for ALL people. The Campaign aims to raise awareness on the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people across the globe.
A Stitch in TimeA Stitch in Time profiles Operation Mojari in Rajasthan and Kolhapuri project in Athani, Karnataka. One-and-a-half million people earn their living off leatherwork in India. These unorganized artisans have long been saddled with outdated technology and designs. To improve the livelihood generation potential of this sector, the Government of India in partnership with UNDP launched the National Leather Development Programme.
Green GoldIndia has a quarter of the world’s bamboo reserves which have the potential to generate livelihoods and help reduce our dependence on timber. This film profiles the Cane and Bamboo Sub-Programme, a joint effort of the Ministry of Textiles and the UNDP.
A world of Her OwnA film on women and their dependence on natural resources for livelihood.
Whose Water?This film explores the notion of state ownership of natural resources, and demonstrates how water structures set up with support from Government of India-UNDP pro-poor initiative programme have enabled villagers to grow two crops at a time. The programme has also resulted in increase in water table, reduction in migration and strengthening of community action in the Indian state of Rajasthan.
WingsTo enhance the skills and knowledge of our labour force, UNDP in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India has initiated a project on developing skills and knowledge of the labour force for improved livelihoods and living standards.
Breaking the MythICT in the Hands of Poor Women" in India have transformed themselves into self confident and successful entrepreneurs by gaining ICT skills. This project is funded by the UNDP/Japan Women in Development Fund.
Dark TimesThis film focuses on the plight of cotton farmers and farmer suicides in the Yevatmal district in eastern Maharashtra after the collapse of the agriculture system. It also highlights the need for farmers to secure appropriate market price for the produce, concessions from the government and so on.
My Sugar SchoolThe prosperous sugar belt of Western Maharashtra requires sugarcane cutters by lakhs. As a result, there is heavy migration to this area. Children of these migrants are most affected as they have to change their home and forego their education. The Government and some NGOs are providing education to them. The film explores their efforts through the eyes of one such student ‘Pushpa’ who dreams of becoming a pilot.
Dance with Hands Held TightEighty percent of rural women in India are engaged in livelihoods that are dependent on natural resources. This intense relationship throws up a whole range of issues and questions. Does the policy recognize this intensity? Do we all value the knowledge systems, which may have developed among these women? How have women coped with coercion from state in their efforts to access natural resources? The film explores these questions through four focused engagements. The fisherwomen off the coast of Karnataka are distraught and distressed today. The fish catch on which they and their families have lived on has gone down. The Apatani Women of Ziro, the northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh have controlled their unique fish-paddy agriculture for many years. However, the future of this agriculture is unsure. The adivasi (indigenous people) and dalit (SCs) women of Kashipur, the eastern state of Orissa have taken their fight over rights of Hill Broom, directly into the courtyard of the state. Not only this, the women of Sonebhadra, the central state of Uttar Pradesh have braved bullets and physical abuse of the state to protect their land from being taken over.