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PeaceTech Exchange, Mumbai on Gender- based Violence

Background

Gender-based violence (GBV) is a persistent problem in India, taking multiple forms in both public and private spaces, including street-based sexual harassment, workplace sexual harassment, and blatant sexual assault. The increase in mobile phones, computers and other information and communication technologies (ICT) can make a significant difference as a way to effectively address GBV.

Limited views of men in society “as violent war-makers and women as victims” does not fully capture the complexities and problems for men and boys in conflict and post-conflict settings. By including men and boys in dialogue about societal stresses and GBV, they can become champions for women’s rights and ultimately break cycles of violence.

In order to assist the civil society organizations in India working on these issues, Samhita Social Ventures in collaboration with the US Institute of Peace and  US Consulate in Mumbai is conducting a PeaceTech Exchange at the American School Bombay on December 6 and 7, 2014

Offering

In order to assist the civil society organizations in India working on these issues, Samhita Social Ventures in collaboration with the US Institute of Peace and  US Consulate in Mumbai is conducting a PeaceTech Exchange at the American School of Bombay on December 6 and 7, 2014.

PeaceTech Exchange (PTX) on GBV is a two day interactive conference where USIP  will pair local and international technologists with local and regional civil society organizations to provide training, resources and assistance that enable participants to harness low cost, easy to implement technologies to build their capacity and better meet their mission. PTX will  connect the organizations and entities that are working hard to solve social problems – i.e. NGO’s, educational institutions, activists, community groups – with technologists to co-develop accessible, low-cost technology solutions. Private sector and foundation partners help ensure that the innovative solutions developed at PTX are sustainable.

PeaceTech Exchange, Mumbai will enable civil society groups in India to harness the power of these technologies. At the event, technologists and civil society organizations will come together to brainstorm creative approaches to gender issues. Through collaboration and partnership, PTX Mumbai will help organizations dedicated to the promotion of women’s safety and combating gender-based violence to acquire low-cost and easy-to-implement technology solutions.

Some of the specific tools that will be discussed include:

  • Crowdfunding
  • Mapping
  • SMS/Text
  • Social Media
  • Citizen Journalism
  • Mobile Applications
  • Multi-platform Campaigns
  • Digital Storytelling

Agenda for PTX Mumbai- Day 1 (Saturday, December 6)

8:00-9:00 Registration, networking, coffee and tea
9:00 – 9:05 Welcome & Logistics Info
9:05 – 9:10 Welcome to PeaceTech Exchange Mumbai
9:10 – 9:15 What is a PeaceTech Exchange and Why Do I Care?
9:10 – 9:15 Involving Men in the GBV Conversation
9:20 – 10:10 Ice Breaking Exercise
10:10 – 11:20 Fast-paced Project Presentations (Case Studies)

Case Studies whereby participants are broken into small groups and move from one

presenter to the next quickly to hear a wide array of case studies that highlight success by an NGO using technology.

Topic

  • Mobile collaboration Story
  • Event mapping story
  • Video story
  • ReStory
  • Hello Tomorrow – A Radiophone project
  • Menstrupedia Crowdfunding story
  • Say No to Accept No
  • Holloback Mumbai
  • Low tech training approach story
  • Low tech approach story
  • Video story
  • Maps for Change
  • Crowd-sourcing story
11:20 – 11:40 Morning Break
11:40 – 11:50 Plenary Session
11:50 – 13:10 Interactive Training Sessions

Interactive small group training on low cost, easy to implement tech tools and approaches

 

Topic

  • Mobile collaboration via SMS
  • Crowdfunding
  • Event Mapping and Citizen Generated Content
  • Strategies for Engagement with Content
  • Telling a Story Through Video
  • Advocacy using Crowdsourcing Techniques
  • Use of Facebook for Outreach and Collaboration
  • Online to Offline organizing
  • Mapping of Data, Data visualization
  • Open Source Tools (Restory and mobile locator)
13:10 – 14:30 Lunch
14:30 – 14:40 Plenary
14:40 – 15:30 Small Group Topical Breakout Discussions

Discussion of shared challenges among civil society organizations and challenges relating as well to their current use of technology.

 

Topic

  • Combating Sexual Violence including rape
  • Violence associated with underprivileged, and the caste system
  • Problems with Girls Education
  • Sexual Harrassment at the Workplace
  • Domestic violence
  • Moral policing by state and non-state patriarchal bodies’
  • Strategies for assisting survivors of violence
  • Community Engagement approaches
  • Engaging with the Government on Policy Making
  • Child marriages
  • Cultivating Women Leaders
  • Violence associated with Dowries
15:30-16:00 Afternoon break
16:00-16:10 Plenary Session
16:10-17:00 Small Group Work on Brainstorming Problems

Small group discussions to identify specific problems facing CSOs that technology might be able to address, both by looking at options available, and by focusing on specific topic areas

Topic

  • Mobile collaboration via SMS
  • Crowdfunding
  • Event Mapping and Citizen Generated Content
  • Strategies for Engagement
  • Telling a Story Through Video
  • Open Government
  • Storytelling, sharing of data
  • Use of Facebook for Outreach and Collaboration
  • Online to Offline organizing
  • Mapping of Data, Data visualization
  • Open Source Tools (Restory and mobile locator)
17:00-17:30 Presenting the Results of the Brainstorming Session
17:30-18:00 PTX Group Picture
18:00-20:30 Networking and Dinner Reception

Agenda for PTX Mumbai- Day 2 (Sunday, December 7)

8:30 – 9:30 Networking, coffee & tea (Problem Solution Signup Time)
9:30 – 10:30 Opening Plenary
10:30 – 11:20 Small Group Work on Identifying Solutions

Participants break into small groups organized by problems identified from the day before

and together they work on a provided problem/solution template

11:20 – 11:40 Morning Break
11:40 – 13:00 Interactive Training Station

Interactive small group training on low cost, easy to implement tech based tools and

approaches – Same list as Day 1 training sessions.

13:00 – 14:30 Lunch
14:30 – 14:40 Plenary and Announcements
14:40 – 15:30 Small Group Problem Definition Refinement and Action Planning
15:30 – 16:00 Final Interactive Q&A with trainers
16:00 – 16:20 Afternoon Break & Video Interviews
16:20 – 17:00 Final Presentations
17:00 – 17:25 Closing Ceremony, Remarks, and Thoughts

There are no registration fees.

Note: Organizations working in and around Mumbai operating in sectors of gender- based violence, women’s issues, can send in their queries to [email protected] or call on +91 8879534777

Webinar on “Social Media: Using Facebook and More to Sell Your Mission”

Date: October 30, 2014

Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Nonprofit professionals today have extraordinary opportunities at their fingertips to connect with resources that extend far past their location. However, with this rapid growth, it is critical to stay in tune with all the new developments. As Web 2.0 evolves into Web 3.0, a lack of knowledge on of the basic social media landscape and its applications can waste valuable time and money.

This interactive web-based seminar aims to inform managers and fundraisers on using social media to increase visibility and raise funds through an introduction to the basics of social media and its applications.

Who should attend?

This course is ideally suited to nonprofit professionals who want to build their capacity through increased understanding of communications and social media- Executive Directors/NGO managers who are responsible for communications and individuals who want to develop their professional skills and effectiveness.

The course will be delivered entirely through the internet. You only need to have a computer, high-speed internet connection and a headphone. Participants from any part of the world can attend it.

The course will consist of a 60 minute presentation where you will see the slides and hear the trainer, followed by a 30 minute Q&A session during which your questions will be answered by the trainer in real time. This course is supported by extensive additional materials for participants to use after the course, including access to the webinar presentation, webinar slides, and training materials.

To register your participation for the webinar, please visit the link here.

Seminar on “Promoting your NGO using Social Media”

September 28, 2014

A problem that faces many NGOs is the promotion of their events, actions or the ability to have a web presence that attracts volunteers, participants or sponsors/donors.

Social-Media is a fusion of sociology and technology, transforming monologues (one way communication) into dialogues (two way communication) that democratizes information,  transforming people by shifting the way people read, collaborate and publish news and information. Social-Media technologies are reducing barriers and allowing people to connect in the online world to form relationships for personal and social use. NGOs depend on their relationships with members, donors and stakeholders for financial support, goodwill and advocacy matters.

The seminar focuses on:

  • Powerful ideas on  how NGOs should be using social media (YouTube, Twitter,  Facebook, LinkedIn, Blogs) to advance your missions;
  • How NGOs can attract supporters (participants, new members, volunteers, donors, sponsors) via the social-networks, web and social-media resulting in real-world actions.
  • Keeping stakeholders updated on current developments within the NGO and how it fits into the larger development context.
  • Best practices on social media management.
  • Several examples of how NGOs and international nonprofits are successfully using social media for programs and campaigns.

For registration process, contact [email protected]

IdeaPitch- Call for CSR project ideas

Deadline: July 25, 2014

 IdeaPitch is an initiative of NGOBOX to kindle innovative and impactful CSR project ideas under the ambit of the CSR rules. Applications are invited for CSR project implementing agencies (eligible under the provisions of the Companies Act 2013) to submit their CSR project ideas /concepts for the IdeaPitch.  Ten best project-ideas will be selected as per the process mentioned below and will be presented to the CSR Heads/Managers and other participants in ‘India CSR Summit 2014’.

Eligibility Criteria

• The applicant organization must be eligible for CSR project implementation under the Section 135 of the Companies Act 2013
• Applicant entity must have legal status as NGO/Society/Company and should have registered in India before 31st March 2011
• One entry should have only one idea
• An organization can submit maximum two ideas (separate entries)

Why should one apply?

  • Gain recognition in the development sector as CSR implementing agency/organization with innovative approach
  •  Increase your reputation and credibility at the national level
  •  Increase visibility among companies
  •  Showcase your organization’s innovation and commitment in delivering impacts
  •  Potential opportunity to get your idea implemented through a CSR partnership

Click here for details on guideline and to download the application form.