On February 21, Praxis and Vaagdhara organised Voice for Change: Narratives from The Margins – a presentation of the voices of marginalized children, women and poor from excluded sections including dallies, tribals and minorities at the United Nations. The session was part of the Fifty Second Session of the Commission for Social Development and located the aspirations, challenges and barriers of the marginalized communities in the context of the post-2015 debates.
These voices state that despite having goals, plans and rights enshrined in the constitution, communities are still deprived of basic and essential rights of education, health, food, safety, shelter and livelihood. The goals should not be sectoral but should focus upon addressing barriers such as discrimination, stigmatization, corruption and lack of community participation in governance.
Anita Nayar, Chief of UN NGO Liaison Service, who attended the session picked up points from the Ground-Level Panel report such as Trade Justice and Tax Justice and reiterated that these should not get lost in the din created by the ‘international development industry’. She also stressed on the need for ‘political partnerships’ between government and NGOs.