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Workshop on Refugees and Migrants, November 2019

Applications are invited for a Research and Orientation Workshop to be held in Kolkata from 25 November to 29 November 2019. The workshop will be organised by the Calcutta Research Group (CRG) in collaboration with the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung. It will address issues of protection for refugees and migrants, gender, race, religion and other faultlines in the protection regime, neo-liberalism and migrant labour, statelessness, borderlands and the Indian and South Asian experiences in a global context.

Research papers or creative pieces such as photo exhibits or documentaries relevant to the themes mentioned above will have to be presented by selected participants in the workshop which will deliberate on the findings. Reports prepared in the working group discussions will be presented in a plenary conference with which the programme will end.

Applicants must have (a) experience in research work in migration and forced migration studies or policy work in relevant areas, or, at least 5 years’ experience in the work for protection of migrants and victims of forced migration, and (b) proficiency in English. Besides giving all necessary particulars an application must be accompanied by two recommendation letters and a 1000 word write up on how the applicant’s work is relevant to the themes of the workshop. Selected participants from South Asia will have to pay a registration fee of INR 6000 (or USD 100) and from outside South Asia USD 500. CRG will provide boarding and lodging for six nights. Applications may be addressed to Aditi Mukherjee by email at forcedmigrationdesk@mcrg.ac.in with a copy to subhashree@mcrg.ac.in or by post to: IA-48, Ground Floor, Sector-III, Salt Lake City, Kolkata-700097, India (Tel: +91 33 2335 0409). The last date for submission of applications is 31 March 2019. Inquiries related to the application process are welcome. Application form can be downloaded from the CRG website – www.mcrg.ac.in.

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'Aawaz - speak up against sexual violence' is the brainchild of a bunch of music aficionados from Bangalore with a voice.

It all began during the winter of 2012, when a young woman was raped and brutalized by a gang of men inside a moving bus in Delhi. An enraged came out on the streets, screaming and demanding for justice. This public outcry was reported widely in the media, which led to the speedy arrests of the culprits. Unfortunately, spot fixing scams and incompetent politicos have taken over national media again, and the pressure building around the Delhi Gang Rape case has lapsed into silence. But the team behind Aawaz realized from the episode that change can indeed be brought about when a collective voice is raised. The idea to work on a music project to create awareness around gender inequality and sex crimes came from the understanding that music has the power to get the message across where plain words fail.

There’s a faint notion about the privileged Indians that they are indifferent towards the woes of their less fortunate counterparts. There’s another notion that the public memory is short lived. It is at this point of time the Aawaz team figured the need of the hour is to remind law enforcers and media that public memory is not so short-lived. Thus the Aawaz dream became a concrete project, with a bunch of youngsters selflessly chipping in time, effort and money to generate awareness around the issues that women in our country face every day.

The project has been spearheaded by Jim Ankan Deka, an Assamese musician and director of Eastern Fare Music Foundation, a music organization based in Bangalore. People from across India contributed to this project including Queen Hazarika, noted singer from Assam, Antara Nandy, 14 year old vocalist and finalist of Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Little Champs 2009 from Kolkata and Ritwika Bhattacharya, a singer from Ranchi. Parmita Borah directed the music video. The song was recorded at Eastern Fare Studio and Madcat Music Studio in Bangalore and Sargam Audiocraft, Guwahati.

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The video was released on June 29, 2013 is available worldwide through Youtube and the song is available on platforms like iTunes and Amazon.