29 August, 2014 AsiaNews.it Twitter AsiaNews.it Facebook            

Help AsiaNews | About us | P.I.M.E. | | RssNewsletter | Mobile





mediazioni e arbitrati, risoluzione alternativa delle controversie e servizi di mediazione e arbitrato
e-mail this to a friend printable version


» 07/31/2012
INDIA
Asian Nobel goes to Indian activist who fights for women and girls
by Nirmala Carvalho
Kulandei Francis, founder and president of Integrated Village Development Project (Ivdp), wins the 2012 Magsaysay Award in the "community leadership” category . His fight against poverty and discrimination puts women at the center, helping to create micro-businesses to make them independent in their economic and social development. Fundamental commitment to stop feticide and female infanticide.

Mumbai (AsiaNews) - An Indian committed to defending and promoting the rights of women and girls is one of the winners of the 2012Ramon Magsaysay Award, better known as the "Nobel Prize of Asia". Kulandei Francis, founder and president of Integrated Village Development Project (IVDP), welcomed the news of the award "with astonishment", stressing that "this award goes not to me as an individual, but to my work and people who have made the IVDP a model of development ". The activist has won the award in the "community leadership" category.  The ceremony will take place on August 31 in the Philippines.

Francis, 66, comes from a family of humble origins. He founded the IVDP in 1979, after graduating from Annamalai University (Tamil Nadu). In a short time the business has grown, becoming known around the state. The IVDP forms support groups for women who are very poor or destitute, helping them to create micro-businesses, bank deposits, and to know their rights so they can maintain their families, even by themselves.

"Poverty - the activist explains to AsiaNews - is a crime that dehumanizes and empties the essence of each person. Having an even more devastating effect on women, since 1989 we have decided to devote ourselves exclusively to them. Enhancing a women is the key to stability, confidence, dignity and development, not only of family but the entire society and nation. Change is possible if you help women to understand their strengths and their value , and that is how the IVDP has enabled thousands of women in Tamil Nadu to break the chain of poverty, of which they were victims ". Currently, the project supports more than 8 thousand groups in the districts of Krishnagiri, Vellore and Dharmpuri (Tamil Nadu).

According to Francis, "economic equality leads to social equality," and may be the only way "to change the patriarchal mentality of this country", which sees women subordinate to men. "Thanks to our initiatives - he continues - women learn to become independent from a financial point of view, and thus enjoy a status equal to that of men. In this perspective, it can also help to eliminate the terrible practice of feticide and female infanticide. "

For the future, the activist is convinced that "every social class should support the education of girls, so that the community can be transformed. Eradicating poverty is a social responsibility and not of the government alone. Ordinary people must work together to make this change effective. "

 


e-mail this to a friend printable version

See also
06/25/2008 INDIA
Daily slaughter of poor Indian girls
by Nirmala Carvalho
08/19/2004 INDIA
Rape victims lynch rapist
03/26/2012 INDIA
Day for Life in India: woman burnt alive by her husband for giving birth to two girls
by Nirmala Carvalho
12/13/2010 CHINA
Beijing’s ham fisted response to Liu Xiaobo affair
10/09/2008 CHINA
Beijing: Hu Jia is a "criminal," and does not deserve the Nobel Prize

Editor's choices
IRAQ-ITALY
"Adopt a Christian from Mosul," the thanks of the Patriarch Louis Sako; the concerns of the Bishop of Kurdistan
by Bernardo CervelleraThe head of the Chaldean Church is grateful for the AsiaNews campaign and hopes that "this chain of solidarity will reach far and wide”. Helping refugees to remain in Iraq. But many want to flee abroad. The bishop of Amadiyah where thousands of displaced people have found haven in churches and homes: We also help the Arabs (Muslims), and Yazidis, for free and without looking at our confessional differences.
ITALY - IRAQ
"Adopt a Christian from Mosul" to respond directly to Iraq's emergencyAsiaNews is launching a fundraiser to support Christians targeted by the Islamic State, thus responding to a request by the Patriarch of Baghdad and Pope Francis's urgent appeal "to guarantee all necessary assistance - especially the most urgently needed aid - to the great multitude of people who have been driven from their homes, whose fate depends entirely on the solidarity of others." More than 100,000 people have been forced to flee their homes leaving everything behind and now have nothing to live on. To help them, five euros a day are enough. The funds raised will be sent to the Patriarchate of Baghdad, which will distribute them according to the needs of each family.
CHINA - VATICAN
Wenzhou bishop and priests slam government's campaign against crosses and churches in Zhejiang
by Eugenia ZhangFor Mgr Vincent Zhu Weifang, from the official Church, the campaign of destruction is increasing social instability. It is real persecution against the Christian faith. The bishop apologises for failing to intervene sooner. He was hoping that the campaign would end quickly. Catholics and Protestants suffer injuries as they attempt to defend their sacred buildings. For priests in Wenzhou, the campaign is unfair and touches buildings that have all the right papers. Such "stupid acts" by the government are undermining social harmony.

Dossier
by Giulio Aleni / (a cura di) Gianni Criveller
pp. 176
by Lazzarotto Angelo S.
pp. 528
by Bernardo Cervellera
pp. 240
Copyright © 2003 AsiaNews C.F. 00889190153 All rights reserved. Content on this site is made available for personal, non-commercial use only. You may not reproduce, republish, sell or otherwise distribute the content or any modified or altered versions of it without the express written permission of the editor. Photos on AsiaNews.it are largely taken from the internet and thus considered to be in the public domain. Anyone contrary to their publication need only contact the editorial office which will immediately proceed to remove the photos.