ROHINI’S PROFESSIONAL LIFE
ROHINI’S PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
APWLD Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development Thailand Programme Officer, APWLD Secretariat 2010-2011, for both the Women in Power Programme and the Feminist Law and Practice Programme (May 2010 – May 2011)
Website www.apwld.org APWLD is a regional network of women’s organisations and activists in Asia Pacific, committed to enabling women to use law as an instrument of social change for equality, justice and development. APWLD’s members are drawn from 26 countries and the secretariat is based in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
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Job description Programme Officer Women in Politics (WIP) and Feminist Legal Training & Practice (FLTP) The PO worked closely with APWLD membership; particularly the organising committees responsible for these programme areas, but will report directly to the Regional Coordinator. The main work also involved organizing WIP and FLTP trainings, and also assisting in the updating of the FLTP training manuals.
THE HUNGER PROJECT New Delhi, India (July 2007 â€“ May 2010)
Website www.thp.org/india The Hunger Project is a non-profit, non-government International Human Rights Organisation working in 14 countries across the world. In India, The Hunger Project works on gender equity and governance. It works with women elected to structures of local governance (panchayat) to build their leadership in decision-making.
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Rohini’s Primary responsibility: To Coordinate the Capacity-Building portfolio for India Rohini would conceptualise, plan, organise and implement Training of Trainers (ToT): With trainers of local non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and community based organisations (CBOs) on primary level Women’s Leadership Workshops. On thematic or need based capacity building of elected women
representatives. On federation building of elected women representatives. Conceptualise and prepare capacity building frameworks and modules. Evaluate capacity building workshops with elected women representatives. Evaluate and assess trainers from local NGOs and CBOs. Prepare and design learning-material like handouts and workbooks used by trainers as well as by elected women representatives. Coordinate with trainers from across India. Conceptualise, plan and organise capacity building for the staff of The Hunger Project. Other involvements in The Hunger Project: Initiating an Anti Sexual Harassment Committee in ‘The Hunger Project’. Managing and evaluating state programmes in three states in India. Annual Report 2007-08 of The Hunger Project
JAGORI, Programme Associate In The Training Unit (November 2004 â€“ June 2007)
Website www.jagori.org JAGORI is a womenâ€™s training, communication, documentation and resource centre that aims at spreading feminist consciousness using creative media. Rohini was a member of the Training Unit, which conceptualises, organises and implements training workshops on Gender and related issues.
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As a member of the Training Unit, responsibilities included: Conceptualising, organising, planning and implementing workshops called the Gender Basic Courses to build a primary understanding of gender, patriarchy, empowerment and feminism for development activists. Organising and planning advanced workshops called Thematic workshops, which view specific issues like Masculinity, Law and Globalisation with a feminist perspective. Conceptualising, planning and implementing workshops and sessions on the social construction of gender and related issues like sexual harassment at the workplace and in public spaces with CBOs, NGOs, students and faculty of Delhi University and common citizens. Writing and designing a Trainersâ€™ Kit for gender trainers at the grassroots and CBO level. This kit comprises exercises for participatory training; handouts on fundamental concepts; sectoral analyses on patriarchal institutions and training modules for the target participants. Documenting workshops in the form of reports. Other involvements in JAGORI: Organising and conducting Safety Audits for research on a campaign called the Safe City Campaign against Sexual Harassment in Public Places. Liaison with mainstream media and common citizens to spread awareness on the issue of sexual harassment in public spaces. Nominated as a member of a Committee against Sexual Harassment in the Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi.
PRIA (Society For Participatory Research In Asia) Fatehabad, Haryana, India Program Intern (May 2003 â€“ February 2004)
PRIA is a Delhi based non-profit organisation with a mission of strengthening local self-governance under the 73rd and 74th Constitutional Amendment Act (CAA), an Act of Parliament passed by the Government of India. Rohini was assigned the task of expanding and strengthening civil society in the district of Fatehabad, in the state of Haryana.
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Responsibilities: Facilitated and strengthened a local womenâ€™s collective called Nari Network to address and question issues of gender based violence, inside the home and institutional violence. Organised and implemented workshops and sessions on Gender and related issues with Nari Network. Prepared a team within Nari Network to organise and facilitate awareness-building sessions on local governance with the women elected representatives. Facilitated training workshops on the 73rd CAA and Social Development with elected representatives in selected blocks in Fatehabad and Faridabad districts of Haryana. This was done in collaboration with the Haryana Institute of Rural Development. Liaison with the local administration in Fatehabad to address issues of womenâ€™s rights by involving them in workshops and sessions at the grassroots level and encouraging a dialogue between them and Nari Network. Initiated a study on local governance in urban areas (under the 74th CAA) in the small and medium town of Fatehabad. Designed the questionnaire and prepared a team to carry out the study.
MAHILA JAN ADHIKAR SAMITI (MJAS) Programme Associate Ajmer, Rajasthan, India (2004)
MJAS is a women’s collective in the state of Rajasthan (Ajmer) working to address the issue of gender based violence. A research study was conducted to analyse the participation of women in local governance under the 73rd Constitutional Amendment Act (CAA) in Rajasthan. The results of this study were integrated into a national document ‘Removing Fences: Building Alliances’, and used as a resource material by the Government of India to assess the trends and level of participation of women elected representatives under the 73rd CAA.
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‘RIGHT TO FOOD’ CAMPAIGN Researcher Jharkhand, India (2002)
Member of the team that conducted a national study to understand the role and effectiveness of the Public Distribution System (PDS) vis-à-vis food security and destitution, especially amongst the Antyodaya card holders (those living below Below Poverty Line). The findings of this study were presented as a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) on food security to the Supreme Court to demand for a Right to Food as an essential human right.
URMUL (UTTARI RAJASTHAN MILK UNION LIMITED) Volunteer, Bikaner, Rajasthan, India (2000)
Volunteer at URMUL is, which is a non-profit organisation working at the grassroots on diverse issues like education, economic support and socio-political structures. She participated in their interventions and submitted a report on the status of education in a particular village she visited.
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YOUNG INDIA PROJECT ANANTAPUR Volunteer, Andhra Pradesh, India (2000)
Volunteer, Young India Project, which is a nonprofit organization working in the grassroots on land rights and economic empowerment of women. Observed the functioning of the district and block level unions and attended meetings
GRAM VIKAS, GANJAM Volunteer, Orissa, India (1999)
Volunteer with Gram Vikas, a non-profit organisation working with tribal, scheduled caste and other marginalised communities. Observed and participated in various activities like indigenous construction of disaster proof housing, small scale industries of cane and bamboo, adult education programmes and health camps.
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VIJAYA Volunteer, Orissa, India (1999)
Volunteer with Vijaya, a non-profit organisation, initiated outreach programmes for people affected by the super cyclone that hit Orissa in 1999. Rohini helped their team distribute relief material like clothes, books and stationery for children, plastic sheets for makeshift tents and seeds to the adults. The team visited Ersama, one of the worst affected areas in Jagatsinghpur district and Astaranga block in Puri district.