EVENTS

 

 

1. Prem Ahluwalia, Director ISAW, was honoured with the ‘Exceptional Woman of Excellence’ Award at the Women Economic Forum (WEF) event held in New Delhi on 28th April 2018. WEF, an associate of ALL Ladies League (ALL), is the largest women chamber in the world, with about 70,000 members in 150 countries. The event was attended by delegates from all over the world.

 

Speaking on the topic of the day ‘Engineering Change with Media’, Prem Ahluwalia avowed that “Media can be used collectively to engineer change. We need to form communities to bring about the change”. She further said, “Television in the 90s revolutionized our lives, and there was no looking back after that. However, media has changed since then and some of its formats are fighting for survival. Social media has taken over in a big way; the news today is broken on Twitter, Facebook, and WhatsApp. All it takes is one tweet to change the world.”


 

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2. Institute of South Asian Women celebrated International Women's Day at Berlin on 8th March 2018. At the event exceptional women achievers were conferred awards. These are women who have emerged from the shadows to claim an equal stake in society, redefining the scope of power. They are in the forefront and at the helm of public life. The awards were handed out by Sandra Carvao, Chief of Communications & Publications, UNWTO.


Prem Ahluwalia, Director, ISAW spoke about the goals for women and congratulated women who have broken the glass ceiling to make a niche for themselves in their chosen field. She also gave a brief about ISAW, its mission, aims and objectives.

 

The event was well attended by ministers from several countries like India, Jamaica and Jordan, and UNWTO among others. Participants were from all over the globe and the international media gave good coverage of the event. Photos of the awardees are in the AWARDS Page.

 

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3. Our Director Prem Ahluwalia participated in the UNWTO Executive Council meeting held in Madrid, Spain in May 2017.


Seen in the photos are Dr. Taleb Rifai, Secretary General, UNWTO, Tokozile Xasa, Minister of Tourism, South Africa, Fatuma Hirshi Mohamed, Principal Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Kenya with Prem Ahluwalia, Director, Institute of South Asian Women(ISAW).

 

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4. ISAW has organized several corner meetings in rural areas in India like Punjab, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Haryana and Orissa to make women aware of their rights and educate them on basic hygiene and cleanliness. These meetings are organised by our grass root level workers in each State. Likewise our members from the SAARC Region organize similar meetings in rural areas of their respective countries.

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    • 5. Our members in Nepal helped the victims of the earthquake that devastated the country. Clothes, packed food, water and other essential items were collected by the members and distributed among the victims. They were also given emotional and psychological support. Some of our members even gave them temporary shelter in their homes.

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    • 6. ISAW has been working in co-operation with Pacific Area Travel Writers Association (PATWA) since 2012.  At the PATWA meetings held each year in the beginning of March at Berlin, Germany, ISAW participates with them to celebrate International Women’s Day.  Awards are given to exceptional women from different countries to honour them for their achievements.

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7.  Our members from the SAARC Region participate in the International Women’s Day (IWD) Celebrations in their respective countries. ISAW also celebrates IWD in Berlin, Germany and   the IWD 2012 and IWD 2013 programmes held there are our milestones.
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8. Taleb Rifai, Secretary General, United Nations WTO, released the coffee table book on Indian women, ‘India’s Most Powerful Women’ authored by Prem Ahluwalia, Director, ISAW, on International Women’s Day at ITB Berlin. Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Guest Taleb Rifai said this book would be an inspiration for women not only in India but worldwide. He lauded the commendable work of the author Prem Ahluwalia for her efforts in bringing out such a well researched and beautifully produced book. The event was well  attended by ministers, dignitaries, women activists and media from all over the world.
This coffee table book on 51 most powerful women of the country focuses on women in India from different walks of life. Women are emerging from the shadows to claim an equal stake in society, redefining the scope of power.  They now rule the corporate world and are at the helm of public life. They headline the financial, technology, trade, and medical sectors. They are achievers in arts, culture, sports, and entertainment.  However, it was no easy task for these super achievers. In this book, these remarkable women talk about their lives, their struggles, and achievements and most importantly about their journey and on-going tryst with power. These are inspirational stories of women who are truly empowered.

 

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9. ISAW extends its full cooperation in the programmes organized by other women organizations who work for the empowerment of women. We participate in national and international events organized by various organizations. Our Director Prem Ahluwalia  is also the Founder Member and National General Secretary of Mahila Dakshata Samiti. In this capacity she has actively worked towards 33% Reservation for Women, participated in getting the Satti Law, Dowry Amendment Bill and Domestic Violence Bill changed besides organizing several seminars and workshops. She was instrumental in affiliating International Women’s Peace Group (IWPG) which has its H.O. in Korea, with Mahila Dakshata Samiti. She is seen here with the delegation of IWPG at the residence of President Suman Krishan Kant, wife of former Vice president of India.

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10. Gender inequality is one of the most powerful breaks on Human Development.  This under-investment poses immense challenges. Gender equality is not only a basic human right, but its achievement has enormous socio-economic ramifications. Empowering women fuels thriving economies, spurring productivity and growth. Yet inequalities remain deeply entrenched in every society.  ISAW members pay special attention to make women aware about their rights and educate them about gender equality.

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11. Does research work on issues concerning women.  Maintains a library on all issues related to women and children.


 
 

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