• Meet- 2022

After organizing a series of online workshops on different themes, Charkha organized a slightly different session for its team of Volunteer Trainers from Bihar, J&K and Uttarakhand. We called it the ‘Fun Workshop’ as it aimed at bringing all of us together for a laugh. Through games and storytelling exercises, we tried to connect with each other.

  • Writing Skills Building Workshop- Bihar

After two long years of Covid-19, Charkha organized a one-day interactive session on Rural Writing on May 22, 2022 in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district. The workshop was led by Charkha’s Volunteer Trainers, Amritanj Indiver and Saumya Jyotsna. The 20 participants who attended this session came from different walks of life – some were young girls and boys from villages while some were working professionals from organizations like Nirantar Trust, I-Sakhsham, and the Aga Khan Foundation. Dr Santosh Sarang, the Assistant Professor of Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar Bihar University and a renowned journalist, was the facilitator of the workshop.

  • Gender and Media Workshop- Level 2 (Cohort 1)

The second level of Gender and Media Workshop for Cohort 1 of Disha Didis was organized by Charkha from May 4 – 7, 2022 at Garur in Bageshwar district of Uttarakhand. This five-day, residential workshop was part of our Project Disha supported by Azim Premji Foundation. Specially designed for the girls who had attended the Level 1 workshop in December 2021 and some new girls who were trained by our Disha Didis over the last 4 months, this workshop focused on equipping the participants with visual storytelling skills. Attended by 18 participants this workshop also marked the graduation of Disha Didis to Disha Sakhis.

  • Second Workshop on Media and the Three Waves of Covid-19

To discuss the role media played during the Covid-19 pandemic in Jammu and Kashmir, Charkha organized the second part of “Media and the Three Waves of Covid-19” workshop for its Volunteer Trainers and rural writers from Poonch district. Waheed Ahmad Bhat, a Journalist and a Resident Editor, Ground Report, led the workshop, which was attended by 10 participants.

  • Charkha’s New Endeavor: Workshop on ‘Visual Storytelling’ in Poonch, Jammu and Kashmir

After conducting writing skill-building workshops for young members of rural communities in a different part of the country, Charkha conducted a pilot workshop on ‘Visual Storytelling’ in its oldest region of intervention – Poonch. Conducted between February 28 – March 3, 2022, the workshop was attended by 10 carefully selected participants. To introduce the participants to the approaches and techniques of storytelling through videos, we had Pallav Jain, the Cofounder and Managing Editor of Ground Report, and Rajeev Tyagi, a Communication Specialist as the facilitators of the workshop. Video reports created by Charkha’s Volunteer Trainers and new writers will soon be shared on our website.

  • Workshop on Media and the three waves of Covid-19

Since March 2020, India has seen three waves of Covid-19 pandemic. Like the impact of the virus, the reporting of the pandemic by the media has also changed. To discuss how media has covered three waves of the pandemic specifically in rural areas, Charkha organized an online workshop on “Media and the three waves of Covid-19” for its Volunteer Trainers and rural writers from Bihar, Chhattisgarh and Uttarakhand. Priti Singh, Sub-editor, Dainik Bhaskar, Patna, was the guest speaker. The workshop was attended by 20 participants.

  • Workshop on Impact of Covid-19 on Environment

To make our Volunteer Trainers understand the implications of Covid-19 on environment, Charkha conducted workshops titled ‘Impact of Covid-19 on Environment’. First workshop, conducted on December 20, 2021, was attended by ten participants from Poonch, Jammu and Kashmir. While second workshop was organized on January 14, 2022, and saw participation of 13 Volunteer Trainers from Poonch, Chhattisgarh, Bihar and Uttarakhand. This workshop was facilitated by Dr Priyanka Sharma, a lecturer of Environmental studies at the Centre for Environmental Studies and Disaster Management, Miranda House, University of Delhi.

  • Project Disha – Basic Gender and Media Writing Workshop- Level 1

Charkha, as part of its new project – DISHA, supported by Azim Premji Foundation, organized a 5-day residential workshop for adolescent girls residing in some of the remotest corners of Bageshwar district in hilly state of Uttarakhand. The Basic Gender and Media Writing Workshop – Level 1 was organized from 10th to 14th December 2021.The workshop was held in Garur block and was attended by 21 selected Adolescent Girls (AGs) from 2 blocks – Garur and Kapkot. The workshop aimed at guiding these young girls to realize their potential and support them with knowledge and skills to become leaders in their community. Called as “Disha Didis”, these 21 girls are now writing articles, poems, stories and songs on issues that matter to them and their community members.

  • Charkha collaborates with DURGA for NGAGE 2021

Next Gen Advocates for Gender Equity (NGAGE) is a forum organized yearly by DURGA, a citizen-sector organization based in Bangalore with the ultimate vision of creating gender equal spaces in India. Held from 10th to 12th December 2021, this virtual forum focused specifically on Sexual Harassment Deterrence in Public Spaces. Chetna Verma, Charkha’s Manager – Programmes and Editorial, contributed as a panellist on the second day of the event, which focused on Art and Literature- Expressions and Emotions. She talked about Charkha’s contribution in creating safe spaces for women grassroot writers in mainstream media. In another event, Charkha’s Project Associate and Assistant Editor, Dipsikha Devi, along with Charkha’s Volunteer Trainer, Saumya Jyotsna from Bihar and Sanjoy Ghose Media Awardee, Bisma Bhat from Jammu and Kashmir, participated in an Instagram Live hosted for the event.

  • Charkha’s 27th Founder’s Day

Charkha celebrated its 27th Founder’s Day on December 7, 2021, marking the birth anniversary of its founder, Sanjoy Ghose. The event was also a tribute to Mario Noronha, Charkha’s CEO and to Arvind Ojha, the Founding Chair of Urmul Seemant Samiti, Bikaner and Chairman of Girls Not Brides, Rajasthan. We lost both of them to Covid-19.

Chief Guest Tinny Sawhney, CEO, Aga Khan Foundation, India, delivered the Sanjoy Ghose Memorial Lecture and shared her memories of how Sanjoy Ghose guided her during the initial stages of her career. Indira Pancholi, Founder Member and Secretary, Mahila Jan Adhikar Samiti Ajmer, Rajasthan and Sayed Anwar Hussain Shah, retired Additional District Development Commissioner, Poonch, Jammu and Kashmir released Charkha’s two important documents- ‘Abhivyanjana- Yuva Ladkiyon ki Kalam Se’ and ‘Impact- Spinning Actions into Words’.

Charkha’s Volunteer Trainers from Jammu and Kashmir, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh and Bihar were also felicitated for their continuous dedication and support. The online event was attended by more than 65 people.

  • Workshop on Gender and Media

An online workshop on “Gender and Media” was organized on November 26, 2021. Ten Volunteer Trainers and rural writers from Chhattisgarh, Bihar and Uttarakhand attended the workshop. Priyanka Pathak, a PhD scholar from JNU was the facilitator of the workshop.  She highlighted the interlinkages between gender and media and how it plays an important role in inclusive reporting.

  • Understanding Nuances of Rural Journalism

With the objective of strengthening the understanding of rural journalism among Volunteer Trainers and Rural Writers, Charkha organized a workshop titled “Understanding Nuances of Rural Journalism” on November 12th, 2021. It was attended by a total of 12 participants from Chhattisgarh, Bihar and Uttarakhand. The workshop was facilitated by Neetu Singh, the founder of Shades of Rural India and a renowned grassroots journalist.

  • Reporting on Social Development Challenges of Rural Population in Jammu and Kashmir

On 16th October 2021, Charkha organized a workshop specifically for its Volunteer Trainers (VTs) and selected rural writers from Poonch, Jammu and Kashmir. Dr. Afsana Rashid, Professor at Media Education Research Centre (MERC), University of Kashmir was the facilitator of the workshop, who conducted an informative session on how to report on social development challenges faced by rural communities in this Union Territory. Conducted online, 25 participants from different remote and isolated villages of J&K attended the workshop.

  • Workshop on Gender and Climate Change Reporting

Charkha organized a three- day workshop on ‘Reporting on Gender and Climate Change’ from 14-16th October 2021 in Leh, Ladakh. Abhay Vashisht, a Climate Change Specialist, and Chetna Verma, Manager- Programmes and Editorial- Charkha, facilitated the workshop. During these three days, in addition to discussing the basic concepts of Gender and Climate Change, participants were made aware of the interlinkages between the two and the importance of adopting a gendered approach while reporting on impacts of climate change on rural communities. The workshop which was organized in collaboration with Snow Leopard Conservancy India Trust (SLCIT), Leh, was attended by 10 participants.

  • Covid-19 Awareness Workshop for Volunteer Trainers – 3

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On September 18th, Charkha conducted a workshop – third in the series of its “Covid-19 and Rural Communities: Bridging the Information Gap” project. Sukhpal Kaur, Additional District Nodal Officer for Covid-19 at Barnala, Punjab, was invited as the guest speaker. Sukhpal Kaur’s presentation focused on preventive measures of Covid-19, instructions for Covid-19 positive patients and importance of vaccination. Through her experience of working in rural areas, she helped address the challenges our Volunteer Trainers face while working with rural communities in Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Uttarakhand and Jammu and Kashmir. Total 12 Volunteer Trainers had participated in the workshop.

  • Monitoring the Progress’ Workshop with Volunteer Trainers – 2

Charkha’s “Covid-19 and Rural Communities: Bridging the Information Gap” project aims at reaching out to rural communities residing in some of the remotest regions of the country with correct and relevant information on Covid-19. Currently, 12 Volunteer Trainers from 5 states are using Covid-19 Information Guides, which are created by Charkha in their local languages, to create awareness in their respective areas. To ensure that they document their hard work and keep a track of progress made, Charkha organized a workshop with these trainers to familiarise them with the reporting format, take their input and address their concerns. The workshop was conducted by Charkha staff members.

  • Covid-19 and Rural Communities: Bridging the Information Gap

    As part of its Project “Covid-19 and Rural Communities: Bridging the Information Gap”, Charkha organized a series of workshops for its Volunteer Trainers (VTs) from Jammu and Kashmir, Chhattisgarh, Bihar and Uttarakhand. The objective of the workshop was to explain VTs the state-specific Covid-19 information guides prepared by Charkha. These guides which are in regional languages – Urdu, Hindi, Bajjika, Kumaoni and Garhwali, aim at bridging the Covid-19 information gap in rural and remote areas. 
  • Writing Skill Building Workshop, Ajmer, Rajasthan

    On August 7, 2021, Charkha organized a Writing Skill Building Workshop – second in the online series. This workshop was designed specifically for a group of girls associated Mahila Jan Adhikar Samiti, an organization dedicated to equal rights for women. They work in Rajasthan with women and girls belonging to the margins of society facing discrimination and lack any kind of social or economic security. 30 girls from different villages in Ajmer District, Rajasthan participated in the 3-hour session. The workshop was Facilitated by Charkha’s Consulting Editor, Shams Tamanna while Neetu Singh, a grassroots journalist was the guest speaker. The workshop acted as a forum for the girls to learn basics of feature writing and understand the role print media can play to advocate for development challenges faced by their communities.
  • Writing Skill Building Workshop, Rajasthan, July 25, 2021

    A “Writing Skill Building Workshop” was organized by Charkha on July 25th, 2021, for development workers and individuals working in rural and remote regions of Rajasthan. A total of 15 participants working and living in some of the most remote areas of Jaisalmer, Bikaner, Ajmer, Udaipur, Pratapgarh, Baran, Karauli, Bharatpur, Dholpur, and Jhunjhunu had participated in the workshop that was conducted online.

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  • Charkha Observes Sanjoy Ghose Media Awards 2020 Felicitation Ceremony

    Charkha Development Communication Network celebrated the “Sanjoy Ghose Media Awards 2020” felicitation ceremony online by recognising the work of five special writers who in the last 6 months have reported from some of the most rural and remote regions of our country and on issues that usually do not find their way to national “mainstream” media.

    These five awardees were selected amongst 37 applications received from 11 states last year. The keynote speaker, Rajni Bakshi, a senior journalist, author and the founder of the online platform Ahimsa Conversation, congratulated the award winners.

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  • World Menstrual Hygiene Day 2021

    Marked on May 28 every year, World Menstrual Hygiene Day emphasizes upon menstrual health as a human right. Yet, in our country, it is a topic wrapped in black covers; sold in paper bags not to be seen by others specially men. A natural, biological process, Menstrual period is a tool to discriminate against women and girls in our houses, in our country. This year, when the global community demands ‘Action and Investment in Menstrual Hygiene and Health’, Charkha joins them in raising voice against ‘Period Poverty and Stigma’.

    In an attempt to do so, we bring to you the experience of women from different walks of life -journalists, academicians, and students from rural and urban areas of the country. Believing that their perspectives, learnings, and comprehension will help in determining where India stands today in terms of Menstrual Hygiene.

    We intend to continue our discussion on Menstrual Hygiene throughout June.

    Menstrual Hygiene
  • The Orientation workshop for the Sanjoy Ghose Media Awards 2020 was conducted virtually on the 23rd November, 2020. The five awardees – Bisma Bhat and Rukhsar Kousar from UT of J&K, Rama Sharma from Rajasthan, Rajesh Nirmal from Uttar Pradesh, and Sumedha Pal from Delhi – were introduced and welcomed by The CEO of Charkha, Mario Noronha. The awardees were addressed by the esteemed members of this years’ jury consisting of Sudeep Thakur (Resident Editor, Amar Ujala), Nidhi Jamwal (Deputy Managing Editor, Gaon Connection), and The Chairperson of the Jury, Pamela Philipose (Public Editor, The Wire) The Awardees were also addressed by Charkha’s Rural Writer Dilip Bidawat who shared his experience and learnings as a Charkha Writer.

    A special session was organized with Rajdeep Sardesai – Senior Journalist, Author, and Charkha’s Governing Body Member. He reasserted the importance of the work required to be done in rural areas to ensure that voices of the disadvantaged communities are heard at national level. He shared that this award is a great opportunity to bring stories of the ‘Real India’. 

    In the next five months all 5 awardees will try to bring out the narratives of women residing in some of the most rural and remote areas of the country.
  • The Orientation workshop for the Sanjoy Ghose Media Awards 2019 was conducted on 30th January 2020 at Indian Social Institute, New Delhi. The Orientation was conducted by Senior Journalist Ms. Usha Rai, Ms. Preeti Mehra of Hindu Businessline and Ms. Sunita Bhadauria, a well known translator. The winners of the Sanjoy Ghose Media Award 2019 were Ms. Shalu Agrawal from AmarUjala, Meerut, Mr. Amit Garg from Rajasthan Patrika, Jaipur, Mr. Narender Bisht from CHEA , Nainital, Uttarakhand, Mr. Thiles Norboo from Ladakhbasket, Leh, Ladakh and Mr. Yousaf Jameel from Azaneseher, Poonch, Jammu and Kashmir. As part of the awards the winners will be writing 5 articles each on topics relating to various issues relating to women, like women empowerment, women health, adolescent girls, etc. We at Charkha are eagerly looking forward to reading some well researched articles on the various topics and will share them with you all for your reading pleasure.
  • Orientation Workshop held at Poonch on 25th April 2019
  • UNICEF – CHARKHA Short Film Festival held on 2nd December 2017 at St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai on the Topic – ‘End Violence against Children’
  • 20 students from Dr. B.R. Ambedkar College participated in the workshop conducted from 9th to 12th December 2017
  • Workshop on the topic – ‘Sexual Harassment at the workplace’ in collaboration with Partners for Law in Development for Charkha writers and journalists from Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Jammu & Kashmir, Ladakh, Bihar and Maharashtra held in Delhi on 20th and 21st December 2017
  • Writing Skill Development Workshop for Rural Reporting, Leh, Ladakh
  • Writing Skill workshop – Nagpur, Maharashtra
  • Poshan Pakhwada
  • Series of workshops on Print Media for IEC BCC Nodal Officers of Uttar Pradesh