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India: A New Dialogue to Redress the Damage

On 5 February, the animators of Navodaya Charitable Society (Adorers of the Blood of Christ) presented a wonderful and inspiring street play. The purpose was to uplift and empower the girl child’s education and women’s employment, especially the widows who become victims of society. The young widows suppress their feelings and are frustrated and helpless. Some are disoriented due to the sudden shock of the death of their husbands. A lot of injustice occurs to these women, and they remain enslaved to the family members of their husbands or relatives. [read…]

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VIVAT Joint Action Plan

From 2020 to 2022, VIVAT International has endeavored to develop its five-year strategic planning. This effort came out from the final evaluation of VIVAT International at the 20th Anniversary of the organization. Following the recommendation of the final assessment, the Board of Trustees (BOT) of VIVAT International formed an Ad Hoc Committee to make a strategic planning proposal. [read…]

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USA: Human Rights Impact Assessment Passed

Some of you have heard me talk at VIVAT meetings about how investments can be used to encourage change in the behavior of corporations.   Today we got a HUGE win when the stockholders of a gun company, Sturm Ruger, voted in favor of our stockholder proposal urging the board of directors to oversee a third-party Human Rights Impact Assessment as a responsibility under the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. I can’t believe this passed after the company’s leadership worked so hard against it.  [read…]