Activism Current Affairs - 2020

Vidya Bal-Social Activist, Feminist passed away

The Veteran Feminist, Social Activist and writer passed away in private nursing home on January 30, 2020. She was known for her heroic oppressive practices involving women. She was a forefront fighter for women equality with men


In 2016, she approached Mumbai High Court demanding enforcement of law to allow women in all Hindu Religious places. Her Public Interest Litigation was against restriction of women at Shani Shingnapur temple under Maharashtra Hindu Place of Worship Act, 1956. She won the case paving way for women’s right inside the temple.

Apart from Shani Shingnapur, she has also fought several legal battles for women to enter religious places of worship.

About Vidya Bal

She worked as an editorial staff of monthly magazine Stree in 1964. Later she founded Miloon Saryajani in 1989.

She has written famous biographies namely Kamlaki and Valvantatil.

Her literary works include Sanwad, Katha Gaurichi, Tumachya Majhyasathi, Shodh Swatahacha, Aparajitanche Nihshwas.

South Asia Youth Peace Conference held in New Delhi

The three day South Asia Regional Youth Peace Conference was held in New Delhi as part 150th birth anniversary celebrations of father of nation Mahatma Gandhi. It was organised by Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti, UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP) and STEP (Standing Together to Enable Peace). It was inaugurated by Krishna G Kulkarni, great grandson of Mahatma Gandhi.

South Asia Regional Youth Peace Conference

Its objective was to eliminate stereotypes, prejudices across all borders to understand micro-macro aspect of issues, identify common challenges and develop plan of action and to build network of youth leaders. It was also aimed to equip young leaders with skills and knowledge based on peace education, critical enquiry and socio-emotional learning as tool to engage with their peers. It also aimed to build a network of youth leaders and change-makers across South Asia who will join hands to address common challenging issues together.

It provided platform for young people of South Asia to further peace agenda in the region. About 100 youth leaders from South Asian countries and different parts of India had participated in to discuss different dimensions of ‘peace’. The countries represented include: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka. The conference had conversations on Gender, Food Security, Interfaith Harmony, Digital media, Art Democracy and other Dialogues.