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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

Jagriti Ambassadors for District Entrepreneurs (JADE)

Deadline:  October 30, 2014

We are inviting you to be the Jagriti Ambassador for District Entrepreneurs (JADE) in your respective region, and hunt for future entrepreneurs and help them participate in the Yatra. You have the chance to directly get involved in this fantastic talent spotting activity by being the nominated Jagriti Ambassadors for your region.

JADE is an awareness program of Jagriti Yatra to recruit Yatris as Jagriti ambassadors in the selected Tier 3 and 4 districts in country so that they can bring quality applications from the entrepreneurial youth of their region. Through JADE, we mobilize participants (20-27 yrs) and facilitators (25 yrs and above) from their districts to apply for Jagriti Yatra.

We are seeking for:

  • Independent, self-motivated, mature and responsible high achievers
  • Excellent communicators in both group presentations and one-on-one conversations
  • Well-networked with contacts and ability to engage with a variety of audiences
  • Resourceful and perseverant in the face of obstacles
  • Organized and accountable for their deliverables; professional in their approach to the work at hand
  • Committed to Jagriti Yatra’s vision and mission

 

Please visit the website here to apply

A workshop on fundraising

Deadline: March 28, 2014

Attend if you are interested in getting into a social enterprise or setting up a social enterprise!

This workshop will cover information about:

  • What comprises a social enterprise
  • Discussion of non profit and for profit business models that have high impact
  • Best practices around building a social enterprise

RSVP is a must!

UnLtd India is an incubator for social entrepreneurs that find fund and support early-stage social entrepreneurs to help them:

  • Develop as leaders
  • Accelerate their impact
  • Prepare their organisations for scaling and further investment

UnLtd India is conducting a series of workshops geared to build your skills to launch a high impact organization. If you are a passionate individual and committed to building a social enterprise (for profits, non-profits or hybrids), come along to the workshop(s) that suits you!

Since 2007, UnLtd India has supported over 100 organizations and over 170 individuals to develop their social impact vision into reality.

Event details
Date: April 10, 2014
Time: 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Address: Equal Community Foundation Office,
B-14 Sharadaram Park, Next to Courtyard Marriott
Opposite Ruby Hospital, Sassoon Road
Pune, Maharashtra –  411001

RSVP for the event here

A workshop on impact assessment

Deadline: April 3, 2014

Attend if you are a social entrepreneur!

UnLtd India is an incubator for social entrepreneurs that finds funds and supports early-stage social entrepreneurs to help them:

  • Develop as leaders
  • Accelerate their impact
  • Prepare their organizations for scaling and further investment

UnLtd India is conducting a series of workshops geared to build your skills to launch a high impact organization. If you are a passionate individual and committed to building a social enterprise (for profits, non-profits or hybrids), come along to the workshop(s) that suits you!

Since 2007, UnLtd India has supported over 100 organizations and over 170 individuals to develop their social impact vision into reality.

Event details:
Date: April 3, 2014
Time: 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Address: UnLtd India Office
3rd Floor, Candelar Building
Mount Mary STEPS, Bandra (West)
Mumbai, Maharashtra – 400050

Please RSVP for the event here