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Issue 04, 2020

Indian Impression

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Issue 04, 2020

Know India a little more with these interesting facts

Global representation

India was elected as a member of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (UNSCW), the principal global body focussed on gender equality and women empowerment, on September 15, 2020. UNCSW is a functional commission of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). The 54-member ECOSOC has elected India for a four-year term beginning in 2021 with 38 votes. The prestigious election is of even greater significance as it comes when the country gearing up to sit at the UN Security Council high table as a non-permanent member.

Glacial enterprise

Shrinking glaciers and climate change have been the major reasons behind villagers from Ladakh migrating to more hospitable areas. The government of India with the Himalayan Institute of Alternatives has started a programme that builds gigantic ice stupas in these villages over the winters (November to March). Ice Stupas are a form of glacier grafting technique that creates artificial glaciers, used for storing winter water (which otherwise would go unused) in the form of conical shaped ice heaps. The project has become a model of collaborative effort between local people, organisations with expertise in this area, NGOs and the government.

Teaching self-reliance

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted everyone across the world. We bring you enterprising Indian women who have turned this adversity into an opportunityMalsawmtluangi Hmar, is a homemaker from Mizoram started Zo Weave, a network of over 60 weavers across the state that produces high-quality Puan, a traditionally woven garment from Mizoram. Srishti Tehri, a 25-year-old graduate of fashion media communication from Gurugram founded Artisans of Banjara, an online portal for traditional and rustic handicrafts of the city’s nomadic community that are now appreciated across India.

L to R: Malsawmtluangi Hmar wearing a pink Puan with her daughter; A Banjara woman who now benefits directly from the Srishti’s page

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