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Offer: Call for Nominations: Voices of Courage Awards (Deadline: 31 October 2012)

From the Women's Refugee Commission.

Accepting nominations for honorees on the topic of “REFUGEES AND DISPLACED PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES”

Each year, the Women’s Refugee Commission honors individuals who are working on behalf of refugee, internally displaced, asylum-seeking and resettled women and young people. WRC is now seeking candidates to be honored at the Voices of Courage Awards luncheon on May 2, 2013.

In 2013, WRC will honor individuals who are developing or leading programs that benefit and include refugee, internally displaced, asylum-seeking, returnee or resettled people with disabilities.

People living with disabilities are among the most vulnerable and socially excluded of all displaced people. They may be hidden in their shelters, and subsequently not identified in data collection or included in needs assessments by humanitarian agencies. As a result, they are excluded from or unable to access most aid programs because of physical and social barriers, including negative attitudes. They rarely have the opportunity to engage meaningfully in community decisions and are rarely consulted directly on their own needs — with agencies frequently deferring to community leaders, family members or caregivers for even the most personal concerns, like access to reproductive health care or protection from violence. Often, refugees with disabilities are more isolated following their displacement than when they were in their home communities.

The Women’s Refugee Commission is working to advance the rights and dignity of refugees and displaced persons with disabilities through research, advocacy and training initiatives that develop the capacity of humanitarian agencies to ensure non-discrimination and of persons with disabilities to lead full lives and make meaningful contributions to their communities. The Voices of Courage Awards luncheon will help shine a spotlight on this critical issue and highlight the skills and capacities of persons with disabilities.

The Women’s Refugee Commission wishes to recognize outstanding individuals supporting this often-neglected population. Some examples of projects honorees might be undertaking:

  • Developing and supporting refugees and displaced persons with disabilities to form representative organizations or groups in refugee and displaced communities.
  • Working with communities to protect persons with disabilities from violence in humanitarian settings.
  • Supporting the inclusion of children with disabilities in child protection programs in refugee and displaced contexts, including child friendly spaces, mentorship and peer support.
  • Providing sexual and reproductive health education to young persons with disabilities who are refugees.
  • Bridging the gap between disabled and non-disabled youth in refugee settings.
  • Ensuring access to information and services through innovative approaches, outreach and awareness raising.
  • Your nominee’s project here!
  • The WRC encourages organizations to nominate persons with disabilities working in their projects, who are positive role models for refugees and displaced persons with disabilities, or making a significant contribution to promoting the rights of this marginalized group.

    Two individuals will be selected to receive the Voices of Courage Award. The two 2013 Voices of Courage honorees will each nominate an organization to receive a $5,000 grant from the Women’s Refugee Commission to further their critical work to benefit displaced people in their communities. WRC will feature descriptions of the honorees’ selected programs in our luncheon journal.

    Candidate criteria:

    • Candidates may live in the United States or overseas.
    • Candidates should be individuals who have developed or implemented successful programs that serve people with disabilities who are currently or were previously displaced by conflict or natural disasters, or who are seeking or have been granted asylum.
    • Candidates should be passionate advocates for improving the lives and protecting the rights of refugees, internally displaced people or asylum-seekers with disabilities.
    • Candidates must be able to travel to New York for a week in May (the luncheon is Thursday, May 2, 2013) to accept their award (all travel and housing expenses will be paid).
    • Candidates must be willing to participate in media interviews.

    To nominate a candidate for a Voices of Courage award, please send: 1) a letter of nomination that details the program and tells the story of the nominee; 2) the curriculum vitae, résumé or biography of the nominee; and 3) the names and email/phone/fax of three references. If you email your nomination, please include all the information in a single attachment or include it in the body of the email. Include the name of the nominee in the subject of the email. Please do not send any additional materials (photos, etc.) as they will not be considered.

    Please email your nomination by October 31, 2012 to You may also fax the nomination to +1.212.551.3180, attention Nicole Rajani, or mail to: Women’s Refugee Commission, Attn: Voices of Courage Nominees, 122 East 42nd Street, New York, NY 10168-1289, USA.

    PLEASE NOTE: WRC can only consider nominations that are written in English.


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swabhiman /rajendrakumar

dear beckbeck
please see attached project its for under action without resources help



National bolt the manual scavengers Indigence
A blot of humanity “If India has not been able to do away while a practice admittedly a bolt on humanity’, it is because the issue goes beyond poverty, indifference, lack of awareness, or a reluctance to switch from practices. Manual scavengers is rooted in caste as surely as cast is rootedin the nation’psych”(AnnieZaidei. Frontline 22 sep 2006 )This is equally true of system of ,manhole workers, called by different names are invariably considered “untouchables’ without exception all of them are delist they have never been freed from ‘what has been described as ‘shamful’’degraading’dehumanating’disgusting’obnoxious’abhorrent’ a blot on humanity’, the only change is euphemistic change in labels – from “bhangis ” to safari “karmdar”- the only upward mobility known to these “wretched of the earth “
When we discuss the roll and effectiveness of law or judicial decision in the areas of manual scavengers and manhole workers, we must remember that we are dialing,not with the problem of simple occupations, but with centuries – old caste system. Which E.M. forster described in this preface to Mulk Raj anand’s novel “untouchable”(1935) in these word “……they (Indians) have evolved a hideous nightmare unknown to the west; the belief that the product (human excreta ) are ritually unclean as well as physically unpleasant, and that those who carry them away or otherwise help to dispose of them are outcastes from society. No animal could have his on it. As one of Mr,Anand’s characters says;”They think we are dirt because we clean their dirt”

It is therefore, not easy for these unfortunates to free themselves from the bondage, nor for others to help them in this. This inhuman system, worse than even the slavery, has to be faced and destroyed in the midst of strong resistance from the society itself. Yet we cannot give up. All of us – victims.

What is community getting?
From this sham full work


1-Werson life
2- Ignoble society
3- Wretchedly family
4-Ignominious behavior from high class community
5-Ignorantation from government

What is community getting?
From this sham full work

We know that other all occupation given the money and prosperous life, but manual scavengers getting worsen life. Every were they forbear psychiate torture.( as per prejudice of hierarch “you have born for only for this work by your past life’s works. )so community think that it’s true .but isn’t
2- Ignoble society
Manual scavengers getting debilitation, and live with discrimination there not for anybody to advocacy to them .all the problems and there requirement are ignore by high society. Society knows the cleaning works is the very important work hence propensity of the all for its work is for tolerance of value and problems of the worker. So. Manual scavenger society became ignoble society

3- Wretchedly family
Mostly seemed that the family of them live in wretchedly life because when society ignore Manvel scavenger’s problems and needs, there income is very low they are not able to take good food, good cloths and not able to given education to their Childs and no able to make good environment towards to them. This economic dissimilarity creates social oddities and then oddities life .so manual scavengers make only wretchedly
4-Ignominious behavior from high class community
Always manual scavengers demand any problems which are mostly for payment because they are not getting a sufficient payment for this work. They gets Rs 20 per month and rote and no get any other from this work so they demands for increase their income but higher society ignore their demands and unfairly behave also . Continue proposal text here.

5-Ignorantation from government
It’s we know very well that government not given intention to eradication of this nations bolt . Whole thing is that the systems, administration,and social structures failed it removing from humanistic because, human be in selfish life perhaps not having time to think about it. so manual scavenging problems has not been national issue ( some papules make the efforts for it ) so it not came in national agendas. Secondly manual scavengers community is not effected to vote bank for any political party. The manual scavengers community population is only 10 to 1.2million in India so its thinkable to politician that vote are not effectible in any possibility to loss or profit so they ignore to this communities and then ignorantation from the government . I have some experience which i will explain with my presentation about the ignorantation of the government.

Why is the community working this work?

1-Pertainin of hierch
In the social system in India all of the social administration had running by the pertaining of hierarch. They prejudiced that social structure is in four Averno (as we known Brahman, Kshatriya, Viashanav and shudder) and this social structure make by good. But in the fourth last Varna shudders also not include this manual scavengers community in there varga, so this community is not in shudders Varna. in the sense that are not in Varna that is Averna, after the make this social oddities issue an order that cleaning of the night soil work will be this Averno cast which has named bhangi, mehtar,chuda,balmeeki,olgana,dom, they working national bolt work and get onlyuntuchablity,dicriminaton,debilitation,dehasment and defamation.
2- Conventional
The manual scavenger working is not naturally working system for this community but that work which is established by tacit agreement which was an order also. It has been conventional now.
3-No rehabilitation
As they working from their forefathers so this community known for worker of manual scavenger, so every person thinks about their rehabilitation accordingly their work and this community also don’t know any other skill so they don’t want other work . a proper training and proper follow-up programs is mostly necessary

But it has not provided by any agencies so their rehabilitation had not processed
4-No power with
All the cavern community not fairly think about its prosperity and development but almost has been prevaricate all of related problems, the same thing as for government and administration, for example, government some programmed for them and run also which was for only manual scavengers community but after some months that special program morgue within general scheduled cast programs, reserve bank launch special program for them about loans but not implemented properly it has seemed all the system(administration, law and orders ) in prevarication problems to manual scavengers so no power with to manual scavengers community .
5-No power in
This community habitually practice now this manual scavenging work Continue from their forefather so the community think that this work is our life, so think accordingly manual scavenging work there mind has not motivate in this science era, community not in good condition for education, social life, livelihood and other human life development.
All of above five point this community living with indigence but is not faired thing that India go to all successes and sty in front of prosperity, developed countries and a community working so inhuman work and we prevaricate that most important issue .

Central intention of research

1- Success story of women who left manual scavenging work
Last time 29 march 2012 in national public hearing my role model husna bai from
Jhalawar Rajasthan comment with hearing authorities about her story and she left the
Manual scavenging work. Now husna bai a role model to other women .I follow up
These type women and face in meetings of these women which involved in manual
Scavenging work.

2- High profile person of this community.
The high profile person who left this work, their successes story will be my role model for eradication of this work.
3- Education.
it has come in report that this community education status is very low .in primary education rate is 80 % and middle school education 50% and secondary education is 40% only but in the girls of this community is very low 60% girls drop out from primary school and join the manual scavenging work with their mother or she keeping baby child in their house.

4- High education
In this community high education is .2 % only. Because this community had not good environment for education and mostly the parents mentality that any how sweeper job we getting for my son and girls gone to his home so the guidance for education has not pass to child my intention will be growth of education in this community .
5-Community not aware about
Discrimination, child and mother care Programs,
Dignity, child labor, education law, child rights
Fundamental rights of constitution of India.
6-Community is not in main stream.
Awareness programs are necessary for communality to increase the self knowledge
About above points

Documentation and research methods
1- Survey
How much number of manual scavengers it is most important for any document, first step of this research will be the survey of them.
2- Survey of dry lavatories and description land lord.
how much dry lavatories is in India it is also necessary it can be with manual scavengers women .
3- Dialoged for dignity
Community don’t know about dignity they are working with forefather’s thinking’s, community think that this work is there jaggier (which given by maharaja or Samantha )this work is duty of community this work had not done without this community but they are not know that this work has given all the indigence .
4-manual scavenging work is the slavery
It is for explain to community manual scavenging work is not duty, it is slavery
From forefather and it also pertaining of hierarch by prejudice.
This Question not for employment it is for dignity. The community not
Understands About dignity so they working this work without any question
And Get all of the circumstances with slavery which is seemed. So it is very
Most the Community be aware about the dignity and slavery.

5-Campaign for awareness
A -for education.
B -for girl’s education
C -motivation from manual scavenging work and for other work.
D -for awernece fundamental rights and duties of constitute of India.
E -sitting and talk with stack holders
D -intervention in schools, local administration and sensitized for community.
6- Documentation
A-Repot writing,
b- Photo graphs,
C-video graphic records,
D-Success story
E-Issues of community
F-Comments from community

Description of undertaking with community

The obtainable Endeavour will being continue to important information and issue
For my research Work, it will being continue with grassroots contact with
Wrenched Community, adminisrationand and government
1- Euphemistically talking continually with this Indigence community
2- Group discussing with women and girls to find out issues.
3- Attempt the work shop to mobilize and skill development.
4- Attempt the small events to awareness
5- Meetings with local administration rewardingly there issues, problems and obligations of working manual scavenging working
6- Talking with landlord of dry lavatories’ to awake sensitiveness about this deshumanity.
7- Taking the help for freeform to women and rehabilitation
8- Demolishing to dry lavatories


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Post to your journal

Hello Rajendrakumar,

Your research and advocacy work is very important, thank you for sharing with me. I would like to suggest that you post this in your personal journal ( so that people know it is the main project you're working on.

I also invite you to tell your personal story-- how did you come to this issue as the focus of your life's energies?

I look forward to connecting more with you.
Best wishes,

Scott Beck
World Pulse Online Community Volunteer

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