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Women Development Cell


2016-2017
 
The society commenced its activities with an Orientation Programme organized on 26th September 2016 to apprise the students about its aims and functioning. More than 100 students attended the lecture titled ―Rethinking Sexual Violence & the Women's Movement" on 3rd November 2016. The speaker Ms Mary E John, Directorof CWDS from 2006-2012, has been working in the field of women‘s studies and feminist politics for many years.
An Inter College Poster making Competition on Feminism, held on 31st January 2017, witnessed a participation of 25 colleges of University of Delhi. First prize went to Jesus and Mary College, DU. Student leaders of WDC and ENACTUS attended South Asian Young Women Leadership Conclave organized by Miranda Houseof University of Delhi organised in association with Canada on 9th February 2017.They got some real insight about the social and leadership issues in various countries. An Interactive session with Ms. SantoshYadav,a recipient of Padamshree Award by Govt of India,was organizedon 6th April 2017. She is a renowned mountaineer who  conquered Mount Everest 4 times. Students were highly inspired by her achievements and simplicity towards life
 
2015-2016
 
The activitiescommenced with an orientation program on 5th August 2015 with enrollment of around 100 students both boys and girls. Throughout the year, the members conducted a number of in house interviews and survey on various issues related to gender discriminationcovering the views of individuals from all sections of the college- be it the students or faculty or other employees. The data and its analysis were published in the college magazine as an article.
 
Two lectures were organized on gender discrimination in education and in Judiciary. In August, Prof. Sadhna Saxena (Head, Dean, Central Institute of Education, Univ. of Delhi) based her lecture cum discussion on gender discrimination in education where relevant recording of in house interviews werealso played. Dr. Usha Ramanathan, a lawyer and researcher from Univ. of Delhi spoke about the gender bias of the judges and how it affects the judgments on 13th January 2016.
 
WDC members collected video clippings from advertisements and movies reflective of gender biases. A show of these videos was held on 15th October, 2015 followed by a discussion on portrayal of women in media and how it impacts the society.
 
The cell culminatedits activities on a positive note by putting up a poster exhibition called 'The Rebels', on 17th and 18th March, 2016 celebrating extraordinary struggles of Indian women in achieving something in their personal lives or doing something meaningful for the society while overcoming adverse circumstances. Over 70 posters were put up at the exhibition and video clips related to these women were simultaneously screened. 
 
2014-2015
 
Women Development Cell aims to open up the minds of our students on topics of sexuality, masculanity,  patriarchy and gender and stereotypes associted with these issues. Through its various activities this cell helps its members  to have a balanced view about the various gender issues that are a part of everyday living. To begin its activity WDC organized an orientation program on 23rd September 2014. In this a documentary titled “Moustaches Unlimited” of 30 minutes duration was screened. The Film explores masculinities and femininities through what moustaches mean to men and women. Resource persons  Mr Saglsem Pavel and Mr Ahmad Faraz of Centre for Health and Social Justice and Ms. Runu Chakraborty, one of the founder member of Jagori were called who conducted a panel discussion centered around the documentary. The event was attended by around 100 students and faculty members. On this occasion student members of WDC also showcased a video clip which was shot by them and in which they have interviewed many students of the college about various gender related issues. This clip was widely appreciated by the audience.