Women’s groups open discussions on Justice and Healing for VAW victims

29 03 2012

As part of the women’s month celebration, the Justice and Healing Project Team hosted a forum-launch on its project Justice and Healing for Victim-survivors of Gender-based Violence on March 28, 2012 at the AIM Conference Center in Makati City.

The forum aims to engage various groups – the police, barangay officials, and women’s rights advocates in a discussion to address violence against women (VAW) and the long journey in seeking justice and healing.

The program also served as the launch some of its project publications: “Springboards for Women’s Journeys Toward Justice and Healing: A Baseline Report” on the experiences of survivors and service providers including lawyers, prosecutors and judges with VAW laws, conducted by Women’s Crisis Center (WCC) and Women’s Legal Education, Advocacy and Defense Foundation, Inc. (WomenLEAD); “Compendium of Laws and Rules on VAW Litigation” compiled by WomenLEAD for the Paralegal Skills Training in VAW Litigation for Community Service Providers, and; Justice and Healing Legal Monograph — the first of three legal monographs on gender controversial aspects identified by WomenLEAD that need to be addressed.

The event gathered leading advocates against gender-based violence, namely Olivia Tripon of Women’s Feature Service (WFS), Atty. Claire Luczon of Women LEAD, Theresa Balayon of WCC. A response was given by Winnie Penaredondo, a VAW survivor/advocate .

The Justice and Healing project seeks to strengthen the components of the justice system to deliver rights-based and gender-sensitive services using the Justice and Healing perspective with respect to the VAW cases.

Funded by the European Union through the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR), the project is implemented by WFS, WCC, WomenLEAD, and the Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST).#


ASSIST goes to Bangkok for UNEP Expert Workshop on APELL and Responsible Production

19 03 2012

Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST) is among the participants of the UN Environmental Programme (UNEP) Expert Workshop on Awareness and Preparedness for Emergencies at Local Level (APELL) and Responsible Production held in Bangkok, Thailand last February 29 to March 2, 2012.

Earthquakes, typhoons and other emergencies highlight the need for APELL.

The event served to raise awareness among public and private sectors in Thailand on the effectiveness of the APELL approach for improving local level preparedness to industrial and natural hazards and to build capacity of experts from both the government and the private sector in Thailand to carry out training activities that will adress capacity building needs of industrial SMEs.

Around 60 practitioners from government agencies, industry associations, chemical industries, including SMEs, academia, consultants and individual experts attended the event.

Through the event, UNEP hoped to (1) build participants understanding of the main concepts behind Responsible Production adn APELL (2) equip participants on the proper use of the UNEP RP Toolkit, Learners and Trainers Companion and (3) identify potentail trainers in the country to replicate trainigns on RP nationwide.

The APELL process is a methodological tool focusing on the identification of possible manmade and natural hazards, on awareness raising, and on the establishing and strengthening of local capacities for immediate, multi-party responses in the event that an emergency occurs. Since its development in the mid-1980s, APELL has been implemented in more than 30 countries and 80 communities worldwide.

Managing Director Sreeni Narayanan and Group Associate Mahnaz Zanganeh attended on behalf of ASSIST. In inviting ASSIST, UNEP recognizes the organization’s efforts at greening the industries.

Among these is the Systematic Engagement to Culture Responsible Enterprises in Gujarat (SECURE Gujarat), a Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) Project funded by German Development Bank DEG, which aims to explore how Responsible Production (RP) Framework can be mainstreamed in India’s rapidly growing economy.

Further, under the PRE-SMEs (Promoting Resource Efficiency for Small and Medium Enterprises in Developing Countries) project, ASSIST also developed a self-implementation resource efficiency toolkit for the UN Environmental Program (UNEP). Later, it also released a Responsible Production Learners and Trainers Companion, an interactive software-based training and communication package that can be used by presenters, trainers and trainees to raise awareness to the benefits of the approach and to guide RP users through some of the most important tools in the RP Toolkit.#

ASSIST joins ADB Social Enterprise Forum

16 03 2012

Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST) is glad to have joined the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Social Enterprise Forum held last February 28, 2012 at the ADB Headquarters, along with representatives of social enterprises, impact investors, NGOs, corporate foundations, development agencies, and the Philippine government.



The forum served as a venue for 1) sharing insights on the regional and Philippine social enterprise landscapes, 2) showcasing examples of promising social enterprise models with prospects for growth and replication, 3) identifying possible resources for social enterprises seeking to scale up their activities, and 4) providing a platform for Philippines social enterprises to connect with domestic and international impact investors.

The day-long affair began with Bart Édes, ADB Director for Poverty Reduction, Gender and Social Development Division welcoming the participants. Harvey Keh, the Director for Youth Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship of the Ateneo School of Governance then spoke on the State of Social Enterprises in the Philippines.

This was followed by four sessions led by esteemed panelists: Characteristics of a Successful Social Enterprise, How to Scale Up a Good Idea: Replication and Expansion, How Emerging Social Enterprises can Attract Capital and Nurturing the Philippine Social Enterprise Ecosystem.

ASSIST was represented by Managing Director Sreeni Narayanan and Group Associate Mahnaz Zanganeh. #

ADB NGOC Photo Contest

12 03 2012

Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST)  in partnership with the Asian Development Bank NGO and Civil Civil Society Center is pleased to launch:

Click: Capturing Images of Inclusive Growth

Theme: Achieving Inclusive Growth through Partnerships in a World of Seven Billion

The photography competition calls for images that capture the challenges that the world of seven billion faces, as well as the efforts being taken by various stakeholders – governments, non-profits, industries and the communities – to resolve them, with inclusive growth as the overarching theme. Through this initiative for the ADB NGO Center, ASSIST hopes to educate, alert, and more importantly, inspire people to act.


Contest mechanics:

  1. Anyone who is a citizen of any one of ADB’s 67 members* can join. ADB staff, consultants and their immediate family members are not eligible to compete.
  2. The secretariat will accept entries from March 15 to April 15.
  3. Entries must be original and not infringe on the rights of any entity.
  4. The competition is composed of two categories
    1. Amateur
    2. Professional
  5. There is no registration fee.
  6. Each participant may submit up to three entries.
  7. Photos should show any or a combination of the following themes:
    1. Addressing Climate Change
    2. Gender and Development
    3. Managing the Effects of Disasters
    4. Food Security
  8. Photo-editing programs may be used, but only for basic post- processing actions for contrast, color balance, sharpening, cropping, dodging and burning. Collages will not be qualified.
  9. Entries should not bear watermarks, signatures, frames or other markings such as date and/or time stamps.
  10. Screening and final judging will be conducted by a panel of experts.
  11. ADB reserves the right to publish all entries on the ADB website, other relevant websites and for non-profit use by ADB and its not-for-profit partners.
  12. Entrants do not waive their intellectual or moral property rights by entering the contest, and will therefore retain the right to be identified as the photographer behind the image.
  13. Photos should be 300dpi at the minimum.
  14. Each entry should come with the following information on a separate sheet.
    1. Last name, First name
    2. Category: Amateur or Professional
    3. Complete Address
    4. Contact numbers and e-mail address
    5. 3 to 5 sentences describing when and where the photo was taken, and what is in the frame
    6. Title of entry
  15. Entries should be e-mailed to adbngocphotocontest@gmail.com.
  16. Entries should not have won in previous competitions.
  17. The final 8 winners for the two categories will be chosen based on the following criteria. There will be a separate category for Popularity, to be determined based on the results of Facebook and on-site voting.
    1. Substance, impact and creativity: 50%
    2. Composition, clarity and technical quality: 50%
  18. The prizes are:
    1. Professional
      First Prize: $600
      Second Prize: $500
      Third Prize: $400
    2. Amateur
      First Prize: $500
      Second Prize $400
      Third Prize: $300
    3. Popularity Contest:
      One winner of $200 for each category

*ADB members: Afghanistan; Armenia; Australia; Austria; Azerbaijan; Bangladesh; Belgium; Bhutan; Brunei Darussalam; Cambodia; Canada; People’s Republic of China; Cook Islands; Denmark; Fiji Islands; Finland; France; Georgia; India; Germany; Hong Kong, China; Indonesia; Ireland; Italy; Japan; Kazakhstan; Kiribati; the Republic of Korea; Kyrgyz Republic; Lao People’s Democratic Republic; Luxembourg; Malaysia; Maldives; Marshall Islands; Federated States of Micronesia;, Mongolia; Myanmar; Nepal; The Netherlands; New Zealand; Norway; Pakistan; Palau; Papua New Guinea; Philippines; Portugal; Samoa; Singapore; Solomon Islands; Spain; Sweden; Switzerland; Taipei, China; Sri Lanka; Tajikistan; Thailand; Timor-Leste; Tonga; Tuvalu; Turkey; Turkmenistan; United Kingdom; United States; Uzbekistan; Vanuatu; and Viet Nam

ASSIST holds Awarding Ceremonies for Ten Photos to Shake the World

9 03 2012

Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST) successfully wrapped up the Ten Photos to Shake the World Photo Competition through an awarding ceremony held last March 6, 2012 at the Filipinas Heritage Library Reading Room.

Judges Raffy Lerma, senior photojournalist from the Philippine Daily Inquirer and Frances Quimpo, Executive Director of the Center for Environmental Concerns (CEC), were present to hand out cash from ASSIST and Petron, and gift packs from sponsors Nestle and Kraft. They were assisted by ASSIST Managing Director Sreeni Narayanan, Executive Director Murali, Partners and Network Management Director Kamesh Ganeson and Environmental Compliance Consultants International (ECCI) COO Arnel Go.

The program also included a talk on the Philippine environmental situation, as well as the showing of an animation entitled Higante’t Tutubi, which talks about the struggle of the people to protect the country’s environment and natural resources – all courtesy of CEC.

The first, second and third prize winners were awarded P15,000, P12,000 and P10,000 respectively, while consolation prize winners each received P1,500 cash.

The winners were:

First and Second Prize: Mr. Danilo Victoriano Jr. (Entry #57 and #56, respectively)

Third Prize: Mr. Joel Forte (Entry #19)

Fourth Prize: Mr. Jonathan De Vera (Entry #16)

Fifth Prize: Mr. Gregorio Dantes Jr. (Entry #52)

Sixth Prize: Mr. Edgar Castañeda (Entry #36)

Seventh Prize: Ms. Louise Mae Ladio (Entry #12)

Eighth Prize: Mr. Jimmy Domingo (Entry #59)

Ninth and Tenth Prize: Raniel Jose Castañeda (Entry #32 and 31, respectively)

Attendees were treated to performances by budding artist/musician Roni Ba-ang, and to a visual treat courtesy of the exhibit of the 24 finalists at the Library’s Alcove.

Supported by Petron, Nestle, and Kraft, the event also served as an informal gathering of ASSIST’s partners, including the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP), The Association of Development Financing Institutions in Asia and the Pacific (ADFIAP), Philippine Center for Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development, Inc. (PCEPSDI), Bank of the Philippine Islands Foundation, Women’s Feature Service, Local Government Development Foundation (LOGODEF), Philam Foundation, European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines, International Finance Corporation (IFC) and United Coconut Planters Bank.

The top 24 entries can be accessed through the competition’s official Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000300108304#!/pages/Ten-Photos-to-Shake-the-World-National-Photo-Competition/244783482214192.#