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Girl's empowerment and well-being: A pathway to sustainable and smart cities

Girl's empowerment and well-being: A pathway to sustainable and smart cities

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UNFPA and SNEHA were involved in an 18 month long journey with young adolescent girls from the slum communities of Kalwa in the Thane district of Maharashtra. This document  attempts to celebrate the spirit of that journey by sharing the processes involved and the innovations and stories of change that emerged at the individual level. The stories compiled are those where girls have felt empowered, stories where girls experienced joy and happiness, tales where they have made an attempt to bring about small changes in the community and have become agents of change. These stories were collected in the last four months of the programme, between January and April 2018. Some of these are about lives of individuals while others are based on discussions with small groups of girls.
These narratives aim to bring out the processes involved in implementing the programme. Consent of individuals was sought to include their stories, quotes and pictures.

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Policy Brief | Harnessing India’s Demographic Dividend

Technical Reports and Document

Policy Brief

The demographic dividend is the potential growth in a country’s economy, resulting from a change in the age structure of its population. The smaller share of children enables greater investment per child, particularly for health care, nutrition, education and skills. The future entrants to the labour force will have better productivity, which is likely to boost per capita income. This can also lead to increase in savings that can be used for new investment for added returns. However, realisation of benefits is not automatic. Considering the huge population size and profound demographic diversity in India, a differential planning approach is needed to reap the benefits of demographic dividend.

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Postpartum Intrauterine Contraceptive Device (PPIUCD) Services in Rajasthan & Maharashtra

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In order to promote uptake of contraceptive services, Government of India has renewed its efforts to focus on postpartum contraceptive services, especially PPIUCD. Several steps were undertaken such as training of service providers, strengthening counseling services and creating awareness about PPIUCD method. These steps have resulted in rapid increase in number of PPIUCD insertions in the several states of India.

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Winds of change short story book

Winds of change

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The Action for Adolescent Girls (AAG) programme of UNFPA is reaching out to some of the most marginalized adolescent girls across a dozen countries. In India, AAG is being implemented in select tribal districts of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Odisha.

In Madhya Pradesh, the project is known as Samriddhi (prosperity). A partnership between SBI Foundation and UNFPA, Samriddhi spans 150 villages in the Bijawar and Badamalhara blocks of Chhatarpur District.

Vikas Gupta, the social media moderator at the UNFPA India country office, visited Chhatarpur to document the progress of the project. While he brought back detailed notes and countless photographs, this memoir is about those little discoveries that rarely make it to project reports.

 

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Strengthening Health sector response to violence- A Kit

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The kit is a compilation of reading/learning and communication material on Instituting a health sector response to violence against women.

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United Nations Population Fund Country Programme Document for India

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The proposed ninth country programme (2018-2022) of the UNFPA responds to the national priorities articulated by the National Institution for Transforming India. It will contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the unfinished agenda of the International Conference on Population and Development, and is aligned with the priorities of the United Nations Sustainable Development Framework 2018-2022.

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Ensuring Well-being of Our Elders: Pointers for Action

Technical Reports and Document

Population ageing is an inevitable and irreversible demographic reality resulting from declining fertility, reduction in mortality and increasing survival at older ages - all of which are positive indicators of development. The shift in the age structure from young to old is the hallmark of demographic transition.

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Medical Examination of Survivors / Victims of Sexual Violence: A Handbook for Medical Officers

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This compilation is an outcome of a series of capacity building programs on Health sector response to violence against women and medico-legal care of survivors of sexual violence, organized for Civil Surgeons, Medical Superintendents and Gynaecologists from District and Sub- District hospitals of Maharashtra conducted by UNFPA in collaboration with Public Health Department and National Health Mission, Government of Maharashtra. The handbook provides a step by step detail on how a woman survivor/victim of sexual violence should be examined and evidence collected. The compilation will be useful to medical professionals for examining survivors/victims of sexual violence. It will also prove useful for hospital administrators. It is to be used together with the MOHFW Guidelines and Protocols for medico-legal care for survivors/victims of sexual violence, 2014.

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India ageing report 2017

Caring for Our Elders : Early Responses India Ageing Report 2017

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This report takes stock of ageing situation in India, some of the concerns and policy and programmatic responses. It also presents good case studies and practices on elderly care across states.

The report starts with outlaying the demographic, demographic and socio-economic status of the elderly, which include work force participation, income security, living arrangements, health status, non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and associated services and cost issues, disability, gender concerns and some key concerns in accessing social welfare services especially those meant for the elderly. The analysis highlights the vulnerability faced by the elderly (particularly the large proportion of widowed women). Poor health and morbidity due to increasing NCDs is one of the concerns. The challenge lies for the society and government to reduce vulnerability and improve overall well-being of the elderly. 

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Sex Ratio at Birth - The role of Gender, Class and Education

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The causes of Gender Biased Sex Selection (GBSS) are well known. However, the unfolding consequences of this harmful practice are still being studied. We are thankful to the UNFPA India Country Office for having agreed to our proposal to research three themes focusing on the correlates and consequences of GBSS. These themes focus on: the role of class and education in explaining India’s gender imbalance trajectory, the present and future contours of the marriage squeeze, and the relationship between crime rates and sex ratio imbalances. Bringing together quantitative and qualitative data, the three papers shed light on hitherto unexplored dimensions of the GBSS phenomenon.

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