Hey friend! I hope you are taking a moment today to pat your back for endorsing WomComMatters. Guess what! Telangana Women’s Commission completes one year to its announcement already!
It still feels like just yesterday where i am convincing people to sign my petition, asking them to continue believing in the system, the importance of the Women’s Commission Act, etc. And, to realize that it has already been one year is amazing!
So, I called the State Women’s Commission to get updates and a glimpse of their work over the past year. What you are going to read are official updates from the Commission themselves.
Setting up of a fully-functional office with adequate seating space, waiting room, legal cell, meeting rooms, etc.
Active social media accounts on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to reach out to the needy and also to create awareness / to disseminate information on various acts, activities related to women etc.
New logo launched
Fully-functional online website with updates
Received 466 cases, out of which 255 are already disposed off
Suo moto cognizance of 7 cases that made headlines
15 cases forwarded to NRI cell tackling domestic violence outside India
High level meetings with DGP, Commissioner of Police, Special Secy. WCD, etc. to put women’s rights on the agenda always
District wise meetings with various stakeholders especially reviewing workplace harassment and domestic violence
Organized webinars to raise awareness on POSH, domestic violence, etc.
Special webinars and review meetings on implementation of POSH with all district stakeholders
Interaction with transgender community to discuss their issues and support livelihoods
Regular meetings within the Commission
Regular visits and inspections to hospitals, Bharosa centres, organizations running helplines, mahila shakti kendras, one stop centres, working womens hostels, etc.
Organised Poshan Panchayat as part of 2021, at Narsapur, Medak District. Different awareness activities carried out through nutrition food stalls, etc.
Communication material being released on different topics.
Support during CoVid-19 second wave
Coordinated with NCW on helpline exclusively to assist pregnant women and worked towards mitigating the impact of outbreak on expected mothers
A dedicated group of 4 people worked together to manage different requests forwarded by the NCW, including arranging oxygen cylinders, hospital beds, plasma, blood, platelets and delivering medicines to the patients
Received appreciation from NCW for the efforts towards helping Covid positive pregnant women
My team from #WomComMatters have already made couple of visits to the Commission and have always received welcoming responses.
Well, there is still a long way to go to achieve gender equality, but ensuring civic engagement to hold Govts accountable is the way forward for us all. And, we should be glad and proud to be doing just that!
Thank you for believing. Thank you for being part of the change.
SITE ASSIGNED FOR NEW MORGUE AT LAST AFTER 3 LONG YEARS Hello Everybody, I have some wonderful news to share. After more than 3 long years of continuously raising our voices and demanding a new morgue and autopsy centre at the iconic St. George’s hospital in Mumbai, our voices have finally been heard. A work order has finally been issued by the Government of Maharashtra and a site has been assigned for a new facility to be built. (See the image attached). The contractor has personally assured me that the site is free from all encroachments and it is now only a matter of a few weeks before the construction will begin. A big thank you to all 98,000 citizens including you who signed my petition. You have no idea what an important role each one of you has played in signing this petition. A lone crusader like me could not have ever achieved this. It is only when thousands and lakhs of people speak up united for a shared demand that the system budges and gives in. This victory is yours to celebrate and emulate in your respective towns. I urge you to be a part of the change you wish to see. Don’t wait for someone else to take the initiative. Be the change yourself. There are millions like you who will gladly join you. I hope to share with you a picture of the new mortuary once it is built. While this petition has addressed the need for a state-of-the-art morgue and autopsy centre, the centuries old law on postmortems still needs to drastically change so that only qualified doctors conduct autopsies and not class IV employee! (I cannot forget the sight of the sweeper in a torn blood-stained vest, wielding a surgical instrument while standing over a corpse. That was in April 2017 when I had gone to the morgue where my driver, Manoj’s body was being kept after he died from septicemia. That incident is what drove me to start this campaign in the first place)I hopefully the Government will amend the provisions of the Criminal Procedural Act as well. Please leave a comment with your thoughts on this wonderful victory. Thank you once again, Renu Kapoor
Firstly I would like to thank everyone who have been supporting this petition. I have received overwhelming response from you and it heartening to know that we all care for our children’s safety.
We were recently invited by the Meghalaya State Commission for the protection of Child Rights to shoot for their YouTube channel on the Personal Safety Education. And now these videos are also being shared by the Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Hon’ Conrad Sangma in his YouTube Channel.
It is indeed a milestone to celebrate that our CM is also taking heed of the pressing issue against our children and understands the importance to teach our children Personal Safety Education to prevent Child Sexual Abuse.
November is a month of celebration for children with many important days that are being observed. Our organisation will be organising events from the 14th of November to the 20th of November as part of the Child Safety Week in collaboration with Arpan, an organisation based out of Mumbai that works exclusively on Child Sexual Abuse Prevention. The team is preparing to meet and deliver the petition on the 19th of November 2021 as it is an important day being observed worldwide as “World Day for the Prevention of Child Abuse”.
Our efforts cannot take effect unless we have community support. Please help us reach more supporters by sharing this petition via whatsapp!!
Thanking each and everyone of you for supporting this petition!!
So the tender that was floated has eventually been opened .Twice a week like a ritual I called ,Sometimes asked my local corporator Makarand Narwekar to call , sometimes his brother Rahul .
Through several technical and financial queries , couple of transfers of person in charge, getting it up on the priority list , versus other matters at Mantralaya needed to be attended , to being very busy one heard it all .
12th of May 2017 was when I first began this crusade against a sweeper being allowed to conduct a post mortem to demanding a new morgue cos no doctor wished to step into that open shed windowless , without doors space ( which St Georges Hospital called its morgue !!!
Obviously for the government of any colour having a morgue that meets with international standards was never a matter of priority.
However we thank the so called powers in command for finally taking out the time and opening the tender .
Now we shall wait for the next step .
Till I write again. Thank you for your patience ! it keeps me going
Can you believe that it’s been three years to this campaign? Yes! It’s been 3 full years! And, what a remarkable journey it has been!
With your support, Telangana now has a fully-functional Women’s Commission [Imagine me screaming this from rooftops!] The new Chairperson is a 3-time MLA and 2-time Cabinet Minister previously. We got the chance to speak to her about her vision and way forward – and i have to tell you – we are pumped!! We look forward to witnessing change under her guidance.
Sooo, presenting the Annual newsletter – my team calls it the victory edition – and rightfully so! Please give it a read – this latest edition was made with love, commitment and lots of team work. Things to look out for
Original cover art by the lovely designer Meghna
Chairperson’s vision and agenda for Telangana Women’s Commission
Special article: People in power and victim blaming
Special article: Women in Politics
Guest article: India’s CoVid widows
WCM campaigns, Volunteer quotes, Thought bubbles, etc.
Look forward to receiving feedback!
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P.S. Please take in a moment to soak in the fact that Telangana today has a fully-functional Women’s Commission because of YOUR support. Because of your belief in collective change. Today, let’s celebrate this long-term systemic change we achieved and recommit ourselves to working together for gender justice!
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