Annual Report 2009-2010
Every year, since its inception, the Justice Sunanda Bhandare Foundation invites an eminent person to deliver a lecture on a theme of human rights and gender justice. The Fifteenth Justice Sunanda Bhandare Memorial Lecture on the subject Women and Peace was delivered by Nobel Laureate His Holiness the Dalai Lama at New Delhi on Friday, November 20, 2009.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama said that he considered himself a messenger of India. He said that he preferred to learn from the people of this country rather than a lecture. Peace, he said, goes beyond words and and gestures. When we talk about peace, we must look inward. Non-violence is a gift, which is about the well-being of others. It can be fostered by motivation at the family level. By changing our attitudes we can change our minds and hearts, which, said the Dalai Lama, would be possible through the method of analytical meditation.
Referring to peace and women, His Holiness said that naturally and biologically, women are more compassionate than men. He wished for the 21st century to become a century of non-violence and dialogue. Through dialogue we can resolve our conflicts, he said. He appealed to educationists to introduce in the educational system, methods to train students to become more compassionate and caring. Peace can come through drastic changes in our educational system at the global level, he said.. Talking about equality and peace, the Dalai Lama said mutual respect and dialogue were the only solutions. Arguments pushed forcibly are not dialogues. Trust comes from openness. India, which has a 3,000-year-old history must lead the word in this direction.
Hon'ble Shri Justice A.P. Shah, who president over the lecture thanked the Dalai Lama for his enlightened speech. He said every man is created in the womb of a woman but the irony is that the creator is neglected and harassed. All religious talk name of religion. He laid emphasis on the teachings of Vivekananda to establish peace in society.
The past 15 lectures organization by the Foundation were edited and complied into a single volume book, Struggle for Gender Justice published by Penguin India. Edited by Foundation Managing Trustee Murlidhar C.Bhandare, the book is a valuable addition to the discourse on gender justice and human rights. The President of India, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil on August 6, 2010 at a function organized at the Rashtrapati Bhawan. The First copy of the book was presented by Shreya, Teesta and Ananya Bhandare the grand daughters of late Sunanda and Murlidhar C. Bhandare gave the welcome address and Manali Singhal gave the vote of thanks.
The Foundation organized or collaborated with non-profit organizations to organize seminars, workshop and legal literacy programmes to generate awareness of the people.
- On January 10, 2010, legal literacy programme was organized in collaboration with the Guild of Service at Gopalgarh, Vrindaban. The main aim of this programme was to spread awareness about the legal rights of women and self-reliant. The programme was attended by judges, NGO representatives, social activists and others. About 250 people from neighbouring villages participated.
- Justice Chandrabhan of Mathura District Court, who attended the programme, informed participants about their rights and the urgency in bringing harassment of women to an end. What is needed is a united effort against all atrocities, whether at home, the workplace or elsewhere, he said. A broader view of Domestic Violence Act 2005 was presented and remedial measures available for addressing problems were discussed.
- Shri H.N. Gandhi, the Foundation's administrative officer was present and explained to the participants the importance of the role they play in society. Usha Solanki, advocate spoke about the rights of women and explained to them the need to assert their rights and to raise their voice against injustice.
- On March 6, 2010, the members of the Foundation attended a programme for launching the Delhi Police Juvenile justice Unit Website at Nanakpura at the India International Center. Other participants included representatives of NGOs associated with the Delhi Police in gender sensitization programmes.
- On March 7, at the invitation of Krishna Tirath, minister of state, Women and Child Development, the Foundation participated in a seminar National Consultation, the Access to Justice, Relief & Rehabilitation of Rape Victims. The seminar was attended by the National Commission for Women, the Delhi Commission for Women and other NGOs.
- On a request receive from the Joint Commissioner of Police, Nanakpura, the Foundation participated in a seminar on Suggested Amendment to Delhi police Act 1978 at New Delhi. The Foundation was represented by Shri H.N Gandhi and Shri Sachin Santosh, advocate.
- A Consumer Awareness Programme Upbhoktaon Ki Jagrookkta was organized in collaboration with National Territory of Delhi, Department of Supplies and Consumer affairs at Kotla Mubarakpur, New Delhi on May 1. The Foundation launched an integrated awareness programme entitled Jago aur jagao Sabko with the aim of promoting and protecting consumer rights. There were 72 participants including elected representative of residents. Participating advocates discussed the Consumer Protection Act, 1986. The duties and responsibilities of producers, traders and consumer were also discussed.
- The Foundation Participated in a seminar Honour Killing or Violation of Human Rights organized by Women Power Connect at the India International Center on July 13, 2010. Member of the National Commission for Women, Delhi Commission and social activists spoke extensively against the brutal and inhuman concept of honour killing. An immediate check on this unlawful activity was called for.
- The Foundation Participated in a workshop Promoting in-country Adoption organized by National Institute of Public Cooperation and Chief Development(NIPCCD)and the Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA) at New Delhi on September 28, 2010. Discussions were held on the Juvenile Justice ( Care and Protection of Children) Act 2000, ICPS, best practices on promotion of child protection and rehabilitation and children in need of care and protection with special emphasis on children without parental care.
As India moves becoming the country with the youngest population in the world by 2020, the Child Integrated Protection Scheme is an attempt by Ministry of Women & child Development to ensure that all children get the opportunity to realize their full potential.
- A legal literacy camp was organized in Ma Dham Vrindavan on October 9, 2010 in collaboration with Guild of Service. The Justice Sunanda Bhandare Foundation was represented by Ms. Manali Singhal, advocate, and Shri H.N. Gandhi, administrative officer. A larger number of women participated in the programme.
- A legal awareness programme for the marginalized section of society was organized on October 16, in Darya Ganj, Delhi in collaboration with Sure Nirman Education and Cultural Society. Issues such as Muslim women's rights, to maintenance in India and custody of their children were discussed. Ms. Abha Kulashreshta, advocate and Shri H.N. Gandhi participated in the programme.
On International Women's Day on March 8, an inter-fath peace prayer was organized at Amar Jawan Jyoti, India Gate, New Delhi. Smt. Gursharan Kaur, wife of the Hon'able Prime Minister on India, led the prayer for global peace, which included prayers for peace by singers representing various faiths including Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Charstians, Zoroastrians and Bahais. Smt. Krishna Tirath, Minister for women and Child Development, was given a tilak with people praying for her victory on "Reservation of Women Bill" in the Parliament. Smt. Mohini Giri, Chairman, Guild of Service and a Foundation trustee, released a book on Rehabilitation of Mentally Retarded Women and presented the first copy to Smt. Gursharan Kaur.
In the evening, in a meeting held at Vigyan bhawan, New Delhi, the National Mission for Empowerment of Women was launched. Smt. Pratibha Devi Singh Patil, Hon'ble President of India, gave away the Stree Shakti Puruskar 2008-2009 to various women achievers.