It has been stressful year due to the pandemic, the subsequent lockdown and the constrained circumstances under which we are working.
I would like to apprise all our members and supporters that the Guild has been very busy despite the odds. I am giving a brief recap of the work that has been going on in the last nine months from March 2020 onwards, so as to keep you abreast with the developments. I am going to take the liberty of enumerating the interventions under the Guild member who is spearheading it.
Dr. Mohini Giri:
Complete supervision of all Guild activities in Vrindavan, Najafgarh Jaipur, Sawai Madhopur and Tangmarg
Focused monitoring of Ma Dham with a tab on day to day activities. During lockdown, masks were made and distributed. Health awareness camps and tree planting events were held
Ensuring the mental and physical of the mothers at Ma Dham and strengthening safety precautions, as also ensuring all donations reach the right beneficiary.
Ensuring that the Ma Dham school teachers are continuing with effective activities during the period
Supervising the Aarogya Ayushmati intervention in Vrindavan
Supervision of the Shubham hostel in the absence of the meetings of hostel committee
Supervision and monitoring of all repair and maintenance activities at Shubham and Ma Dham
Monitoring family counselling cases
Fund raising during the difficult times
Compiling a volume of essays by eminent people on aging gracefully; to be published as volume by the Guild.
Collecting stories from the widows of Vrindavan to be published in a book form
Supervision and ensuring the financial health of the Guild
Brainstorming on the Sana project
Conducting all the zoom meetings for official purposes
Ensuring the green cover both in the Guild and at Ma Dham
Planning for the GuildÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s golden jubileee
Supervision of Sanndhi School Najafgarh. Online classes are being held with teachers attendings schools every three days in a week. Classrooms were colorfully painted by the teachers themselves. Efforts were made to reduce rent for premises for the period that schools are closed
Supervising and remote controlling through the closure of Rahat Ghar, with all correspondence with the ministry to put things into order officially and on the record. Remote controlling to ensure smooth passage of the J& K registered school bus through three states into Delhi.
Working out the proposal, ensuring legal correctness of the Sana bank project which is being funded by the Global Fund for Widows. The Sana Bank project in Najafgarh, Vrindavan and Sawai Madhopur envisages to create seeding banks for self help groups of under privileged widows. Working with then coordinators to ensure complete understanding of the Sana Bank project which is waiting to kickstart when there is a slight let up in Covid numbers.
Creating the report with inputs from Najafgarh, Vrindavan and Dr.Malashri Lal from Jaipur and Sawai Madhopur to work out the proposal for funding from WRG.
Conceptualising the Aarogya Ayushmati project which distributed health, nutrition and safety supplements to 5000 widows in Vrindavan.Working on the proposal, ensuring adequate funding, overseeing the implementation, writing out the fortnightly reports and ensuring timely disbursement of the grant.
All mandatory correspondence for the Global Alliance the Last Woman First.
All mandatory correspondence with UN Women and CSW
As a member of the global Steering Committee all work related to the treaty on violence against women and girls.Corresponding and meeting diplomats virtually from European nations at Geneva and African diplomats at Addis Ababa to talk on the treaty and to persuade support for it in the event of a global call for a treaty.
Editing the annual report 2019-20
Editing the volume of essays on ageing
Correspondence of SANWED particularly in requesting responses for the Status on Widows of South Asia publication. The core committee of SAMWED met inn August to work out further strategies
Supervising and guiding the mandatory obligations of the Guild with respect to new governmental regulations
Sustained interaction with UN Women
Dr Malashri Lal:
Complete supervision and monitoring of Jaipur Sannidhi school to ensure that teachers are utilising the time effectively while school is closed to work on their lesson plans, and upgrade their teaching skills.
Monitoring activities at Sawai Madhopur with respect to the adult literacy classes the wellness and beauty culture courses. During lockdown the tailoring centre has been productively occupied in making masks and bags from sanistised recycled cotton material
All mandatory correspondence of SANWED including all correspondence related to the meetings
Writing the complete report of the SANWED conference in February
Collating and editing the report from Rajasthan for the annual report 2019-20
Editing the complete Status of widows in South Asia ( a sizable document)
Spade work for the Sana Bank project in Sawai Madhopur
Writing the stories from the widows of Vrindavan, based on actual narrations.
Ms Nivedita Das:
Assisting Dr Giri in monitoring Ma Dham activities
Ensuring effective implementation of the Aarogya Ayushmati project. Went personally to Vrindavan during the pandemic to ensure appropriate implementation.
Doing the market survey and ensuring the right health equipment to be bought for Ma Dham and the Guild.
Spade work for Sanabank project in Vrindavan
Counselling the women of the FCC and writing the reports for the record
Ms Naaz Mehmood:
Monitoring physically the accounts of the Guild to ensure accounting hygiene
Ms Vasanta RamanRaman:
Monitoring the financial requirements of the Guild.
Ms Divya Shri RamRam:
Raising funds for the Guild with a special focus on Ma Dham and to intervene and attend to family counseling disputes
All other members have encouraged and motivated us by their constant support.
Let me reiterate once again that all the above could not have been achieved without our excellent staff at the head office: Kalpana, Ramveer, Sharla and Renu;
at Vrindavan: , Sangeeta, Manjeet and Maya,; at Tangmarg: Jaya Iyer; at SawaiMadhopur: Dilip, Vidya, Mamta and Hemlata; at the Mahila Panchayat Seema and her team; at Sannidhi school Najafgarh: Manu, Sarita, Mamta, Rakhi, Dipali, Amrita Sonia and Chandrakanta;atSannidhi school Vrindavan: Anshu and Ã¢â‚¬â€œNitu.Sannidhi school Jaipur: Dhruv Ashon lata,Varisha Gupta and Neelam.
The Guild is Under staff, however during Carona time our staff have worked from home and we appreciate the same.
Dr Mohini Giri
Chairperson Founder Trustee
Nadiya Shahfi Chirtmass Re-Edit Report
June 23rd is the International Day of Widows. Commemorating this the Guild is organizing a round table conference on 24th June 2019 at the UN Hall, UN office, 55 Lodhi Estate, New Delhi at 10:30 am, to review the recommendations in light of challenges in implementation. As the recommendations did focus on shelter homes, the round table will also focus on the status and challenges in shelter homes.
We do solemnly pledge our commitment to the universal ideals of human dignity, freedom, equality and solidarity .
As we firmly pledge that we will work towards peace in the family, society community, nation region and the world through our thought word and action.
I commit myself to the Gandhian ideal of non violence will work towards a culture of peace based on the principles of the centrality and dignity of every individual.
I will strive to be inclusive in my approach, accommodating in my speech and committed in my actions towards peace and non violence.
So help me God.
1. As you are aware, the Guild has been running successfully the Sannidhi Primary School in Najafgarh since the last two years. From a humble 40 students we have enrolled 128 students upto Class 3. This has been achieved due to the incredibly supportive members and committed staff. We are very appreciative of the time that you give to the Guild.
The school in now being shifted to a bigger and more child friendly premises. To invoke the most positive energies for the school, the Guild would like to conduct a small havan on 3rd of November 20181 at 11.30 am at Sannidhi School, Shyam Vihar, Dinpur village, Najafgarh, New Delhi ( Near Max Garden) The havan will be conducted in the presence of the Chairperson, Dr Giri, who will grace the event to bless the school.
2. The Guild has been working on the capacity building of the marginalized women from its very inception. We have been involved in various welfare activities in order to act as a catalyst of social change. Group marriage has been one of them which Guild has been conducting for past forty years. These group marriages are facilitated by the Guild for those belonging to the low economic background.
We shall be organizing Group Marriage Ceremony for 15couples on 18 th November - 2018 on Sunday at 3:00 pm at Guild for Service, C-25, Qutub Institutional Area, New Delhi-110016.
Greetings from the Guild of Service!
The guild is privileged to invite you for the following events. Please do join us.
"Annual General Body meeting"
Date : 4th August'2018
Time : 3:00 pm
Venue : 18 Eastern Avenue, Maharani Bagh-110065.
"Mahila Anna Swaraj"
The nation's nutrition, health, food security and cultural heritage lie in women's hands
Women of India are the primary producers and transformers and processors of diverse, nutritious and healthy foods.
Mahila Anna Swaraj, a network of women food producers and processors.
Date : 9th August'2018
Time : 11:00 am
Venue : Gandhi Smriti, New Delhi.
"Bhaktirass & Bhakti Gyan"
We are privileged to bring together a confluence of "Bhaktirass & Bhakti Gyan" on the occasion of Janamashtami. The renowned & Vaishnava scholar Shri. Srivats Goswami ji will speak on this to help us bring Krishna into our lives. And a very famous Thumari singer Ms. Kumud Diwan & famous Sufi singer Ms. Rene Singh will also give us a rendering in their sweet voice on this occasion.
Date : 31st August'2018
Time : 6:00pm
Venue : Chinmaya mission auditorium 89, Lodhi Road, New Delhi-110003.
Looking forward to your presence, support & inspiration.
Without you we cannot exist, your investment is our encouragement.
Feel free to contact for any query.
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"Invitation For 7th March" 2018- International Women's Day
Greetings from the Guild of Service.
The Guild as you know is one of the few organisations combining grass root work with advocacy both nationally and internationally. Every year on the occasion of International Women Day. The Guild focuses on issues regarding the advancement of women.
On the 7th of March 2018, synchronizing with the International Women Day, the Guild as every year, is organizing in partnership with UNIC (United Nations Information Centre), an interactive dialogue focusing on: Gender Equality for Gender mainstreaming: Lived experiences in corporate & political careers.
You will agree that the corporate world and the political world are two areas where the gender balance is still only a vision. Despite the capabilities, capacities and talents, women still are under represented both in the Parliament and in the Legislative Assemblies, despite the one million elected women at the grass roots. It is changing certainly, but not as swiftly as the women would want it to. The Journey from the Gram Sabha must lead to the Lok Sabha. In the corporate world women still hit the glass ceiling.
On behalf of the Guild I am delighted to invite you to participate in an interactive dialogue with women who have succeeded in the corporate and the political world, share their lived experiences on the career path, focusing both on the struggles, the success, and the gap between the aspiration and the reality ( if any) and of course the way ahead. The audience comprising of activists, lawyers, academicians, journalists and students would like to take away the perspectives of a success story.
The event is scheduled for the 7th of March 2018 from 11.00am to 1.00 pm at the Conference Hall, The Ford Foundation, 55, Lodi Estate New Delhi Pin: 110003
I look forward to your positive response and hearing your amazing journey
Dr. V. Mohini Giri
The Guild of Service
8th March'2018- Peace Prayer" separately
Prayer is the key of the morning and the bolt of the evening MK Gandhi
Dr. V. Mohini Giri, Chairperson, Guild for Service
Ms. Jasjiwan Kaur, President, War Widows Association
Collaboration with Women's Initiative For Peace In South Asia & Gandhi Smriti & Darshan Samiti
Request your presence at
The Interfaith Peace Prayer for International Women's Week
On Thursday the 8th March 2018 at 10: 30 a.m.
Kirti Mandap, Gandhi Smriti & Darshan Samiti, 5, Tees January Marg,
Prayers will be led by Smt. Gurusharan Kaur, Acharya Srivats Goswami,
Ms. Sushma Seth
Guild for Service
Email: email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org
War Widows Association: Phone: +91-11-26965825, 26965494 PLEASE BE SEATED BY 10:25 am
Independence day was celebrated on 14TH August 2018 at all Sannidhi Primary Schools. Our freedom was celebrated with great enthusiasm with children's participation.
47th group marriage held by the Guild
Since 46 years of its existence-initiated by Guild for Service has been conducting group marriages. These expense-free marriages abolish the practice of dowry, promote inter-caste and inter-community marriages and widow remarriage. It is through such endeavors that the Guild for Service seeks to function as a catalyst for change in society.
The 47th group marriage conducted on 19th November was highlighted by the following
- The brides were not be given away in Kanyadaan but it was Panigrahanam which is mutual acceptance of relationship
- A woman officiated as the priest to conduct the the Nikha of two Muslim couples.
- To avoid pollution the traditional Agni Vidhi was performed using anti pollutant Puja Samahgri.
- All the widow remarriage, inter caste and inter community marriages were performed in the day time so that electricity is not wasted.
- The dowry system is completely eliminated in the group marriages.
- Family Planning Association gave awareness lecture and distributed condoms .
The marriages were sponsored by Lions Club New Delhi, Bengali Market and Ganges International Pvt Ltd The couples were given essential items and the wedding attire to start their life.
National Commission for Women: mandate, challenges and way forward
Brainstorming session: 21st June2017 Conference Room II,
India International Centre
Organized by : The Guild of Service
This year the National Commission for Women (NCW) is twenty-five years old and has matured into a significant entity, ready for an even more meaningful role in the lives of the Indian women. The Guild in partnership with UN Women and the India International Centre organized a brain storming session on the role of the Commission. The time was opportune and right to retrospect on the manifold successes of the Commission and the perceived gap between aspirations and implementation. In the course of the discussion many dimensions of the commission's role were explored in an effort to review, reinvent and rejuvenate it.
The session was enriched by the views of three Ex Chairs of the Commission: Dr Mohini Giri, Dr Poornima Advani and Ms Girija Vyas. The present Chairperson Ms Laitha Kumaramanglam despite being unwell joined through Skype. The discussions were enlightening as Dr Syeda Hameed former Member Planning Commission and NCW, Ms. Rebecca Tavares from UN Women, Ms Padma Seth, Shamina Shafique, former members of NCW, Ms. Zohra Chatterjee, Ms Beenu Sen, former Member Secretaries NCW, Ms Sujaya Krishnan former Joint Secretary Family Health and Welfare, Ms .Firoza Mehrotra, gender specialist UNFPA, Mr Sudhir Verma, former Secretary, WCD Rajasthan and a host of eminent social activists put forth their views and experiences.
The floor agreed that NCW was a vital and essential body for the protection of women's rights and there was a need to give it legislative and institutional strength as well as political and financial autonomy. The NCW should be at par in status with NHRC, National Commission for Minorities and National Commission for SC/ST. Despite being a statutory body it has become an instrument for looking into cases of violence against women, with limited powers over the police and magistrates, and a counseling center. The NCW Act has inherent weaknesses in that it it is vague and and does not give specific powers for implementation of the mandate. Nor does it give any directive to state governments to constitute a State Commission for Women. The need to define women's rights, to strengthen the letter of the law and to legislate the strength of the NCW by vesting it with punitive powers on the lines of other Commissions/ Tribunals was felt.
In the course of brainstorming it emerged that Parliament did not spend adequate time on women's issues and reports submitted by the NCW were not taken into cognizance. The Act mandates an action taken report, however there is no mechanism to ensure that recommendations are taken up and discussed within an appropriate time frame. Further , even though the NCW is an autonomous body, yet the Ministry of Women & Child Development, by virtue of its administrative and financial powers subordinates NCW in terms of its dependence on the government for staff requirements and financial grants. Time spent in convincing bureaucrats on the need and efficacy of programs and interventions is far too much, thus hampering the efficacy and performance of the commission. It was felt that directt budgetary allocation from the Finance Ministry was a must to maintain the autonomy.
Since a major chunk of the Commission's work is the cases of human right violations and contravention of the law, and these are are largely due to the prevalent social mindset; it was suggested that the cases themselves can be a catalyst for review of policies/programs and laws. It is vital for the Commission to tap the reservoir of knowledge and expertise through expert committees. There should be a Coordination Committee under the Chairperson with representatives from various Ministries MWCD, HRD, Home Rural Development, Poverty Alleviation, Health and Family Planning, Land resources etc which may meet quarterly. It should be responsible for implementing the decisions of the Commission.
The attendees expressed their dissatisfaction with the natures of the selection of the members of the Commission and its Secretary. The Secretary especially should be one who was committed to the cause and was one who could facilitate the work of Commission with governmental agencies. They suggested there be more transparency and inclusiveness from all political parties, activists and experts from different fields and various states.
In conclusion it was decided that a from the Concept paper and the discussions drafting committee will work on
documents which can be taken up with the appropriate authorities
Recommendations will be
Short term: NCW alongwith inputs from civil society organisations can create rules within the ambit of the law
Identify what can be done within the Act which is not being done. Identify clauses that can be interpreted to enhance the strength of the Commission
Long term: Review and amend the Act.