Signature Campaigns

Signature Campaigns

National Campaign for Right to Basic Services:

COVA is facilitating the of a National Campaign for Right To Basic Services(RTBS) in India with involvement of civil society organisations throughout the country. Preparatory meetings were held with CSOs, trade unions, academicians, activists etc. in 15 States, followed by a national level consultation in Delhi on 18th March 2007 to discuss the strategies to launch and take forward the Campaign. Senior social activists, academicians, trade union and NGO personalities participated in the consultation along with participants from across the country. the Campaign proposes to demand for allocation of required GDP for Basic Services, to facilitate the emergence of Citizens’ Activism, to go beyond Voter Awareness to Voter Assertion Initiatives, and to undertake systematic and sustained engagement with the government, bureaucracy and especially the political parties to lobby and influence them to accept the necessity of the Right To Basic Services and make it an act of Parliament and a reality for all the people of India – within a specific time frame. The Campaign is due to be formally launched soon. – 2006

For Muslim women’ rights:
To create a secular and progressive platform to address the issues of Muslim women in South India, COVA worked with like-minded groups in Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamilnadu and Kerala, and facilitated the formation of the South India Muslim Women’s Rights Network, which organized two seminars in Hyderabad and Bangalore on
issues of Muslim women. – 2006

Indo-Pak Joint Signature Campaign for Peace in the Sub-continent:

On 9th January 2009, the Indo-Pak Joint Signature Campaign against terrorism and for peace in the Sub continent was launched in India and Pakistan. Across India, the Campaign was launched on the same day at 3 pm IST in the following cities: Amritsar, Belgaum, Bikaner, Chandigarh, Kurnool, Dehradun, Delhi, Guwahati, Jaipur, Kolkotta, Lucknow, Madurai, Mumbai, Panjim, Pune, Raipur, Saharanpur, Warangal, and Wardha. Simultaneously, the it was launched across Pakistan at 2.30 pm PST in the following cities: Faisalabad, Hyderabad-Sindh, Hub, Islamabad, Karachi, Khairpur, Khuzdar, Larhana, Lahore, Multan, Peshawar, Quetta, Sadikabad, Sakrand, Shadad Kot, Shikarpur, Sukkur. Many eminent personalities and peace activists took part in the Launch Programs in different cities and towns of both the countries, including Admiral L. Ramdas, Kuldip Nayar, Kamla Bhasin, P.M. Bhargava, Swami Agnivesh and others from India and Brig (Retd) Rao Abid Hamid, B.M.Kutty, Dr. A. H. Nayyar, I.A.Rehman, Karamat Ali, M.B. Naqvi, Muhammad Tahseen Syed Iqbal Haider, Senator Dr. Abdul Malik and others from Pakistan. – 2008

Citizens’ Assertion Campaign for the Right to Basic Services:
The Campaign was formally launched on 24th April 2008.
Street corner meetings, basti meetings and a Pada Yatra were held to educate people, especially the slum dwellers, on the necessity of their assertion of their rights. Handbills were distributed with a call for such assertion.Thousands of people were reached out through these activities. 240 awareness meetings were conducted in bastis in the old city of Hyderabad reaching out to nearly 5000 people. The main topics of discussion were RTI Act,RTBS,Citizens’ Rights and Responsibilities, Govt. facilities, Schemes (Rajeev Arogyasri, Sarva Siksha Abhiyan etc),functioning of municipal administration in Hyderabad, child labour eradication and awareness to send their children to schools. 150 Anganwadi teachers were also addressed regarding necessity of work in slums and need for collaboration. – 2008 . Please click here for more information Annual Report 2006/2008/2012