Women Development Cell

Women Development Cell of the College organized the following events during 2020-21:
  • October 15, 2020: Organized a webinar on “ Breast Cancer Awareness” by Dr. Mala Srivastava senior consultant of the Gynae department at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi
  • August 09, 2020: In collaboration with "Pratisandhi" WDC organised a webinar on "Sexual Abuse - Identification and Response Channels" with Ms. Simran Nanda and Ms. Anjika Singh as speakers.
  • November 21, 2020: WDC conducted an online workshop on "Domestic Violence Bystander" in collaboration with the 'Global Shapers Community New Delhi Hub' and knowledge partner 'Women of the Elements Trust'.
  • November 09, 2020: WDC conducted an online session on financial literacy under the name of "Be Your Own Laxmi" in collaboration with "Be.arsty".
  • WDC DDUC initiated a series of instagram posts to create awareness that “Women Can Master Everything”, be it Entrepreneurship.
  • Several videos were created by WDC for its youtube channel to communicate vision, values to the common people and create awareness among the masses with a full series on feminism, feminism uncovered, gender roles and stereotypes, women behind successful men etc
  • WDC, DDUC, conducted a survey on Domestic Violence with the target the younger population of the society
  • EXPRESSO, a one minute video making competition was conducted by WDC DDUC on the theme of - What does Equality mean to you?
  • SRIJANIKA‘21- The Annual Fest was organised comprising different events including The Face Hues, Expressions, Sutter Up, Music Performance, Open Mic, Theme Presentation etc.


  • Women Development Cell, DDUC collaborated with various NGOs, Female startups last semester and received a letter of recommendation for a fruitful collaboration from SHLC.
  • WDC, DDUC collaborated with “Pratisandhi” - a youth-led non-government organization started in 2018 to provide a safe space where young minds could be educated on sexual health.
  • Women development cell also collaborated with T.A.P. magazine- an e- magazine, an initiative by the team of 2Pixeld and StoryToUnite to make people conscious about the environment.


  • The Unknown Exceptional - Indian women in science we have no clue about: Written by - Soumya Bishit, Member of Women Development Cell, DDUC
  • Sex Education: Written by - Ashna Khandodia DDUC.
  • Menstruation: Written by - Yashika Kathuria, WDC Member.
  • Let Women be Angry - The Power of Rage: Written by - Riya Narang.
  • Women and Social Justice: Written by - Riya Chaudhary
  • Domestic Violence - The Virus inside our Homes: Written by - Disha Sharma.
  • Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Written by - Rashi Pandey.
  • Female Genital Mutilation: Written by - Soumya Bishit.
  • Unfolding Valorous - The Ages of Women Leadership: written by - Richa Pal.



 'Each time a woman stands up for herself, she stands up for all women.' With this belief the Women Development Cell of Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College organised its Annual festival सजृनका 2020. The event commenced with lighting of the lamp by the teacher-convenor and special guests Sakshi Sindwani & Nidhi Chaudhary. 6 creative competitions were lined for the students to express their opinion on women related issues. Students demonstrated their skills in areas like photography, graphic designing, extempore, etc. A case study competition was also held, but.the highlight of the event was the Expressions competition. Feminism and Equality were depicted through music, dance, drama, poetry, etc. The famous 'Asthaan' Band gave a thrilling performance and mesmerized the audience by soulful beats. A fun-fair stall was also put up for games. As an initiative towards the LGBTQ campaign, students painted colorful designs to show their support towards the movement. Glamfire's theme presentation on 'Soch' marked the end of the event. 



In  the  session  2018-19,  the  Women  Development  Cell  organized  activities  viz.  workshops, documentary  screenings,  discussions,  competitions  aimed  at  spreading  awareness  about  legal  rights  of women  and  the  need  and  importance  of  women  empowerment  both  at  inter  and  intra-  college  level. The year  witnessed  a plethora of  events  under  its  aegis.

The  Orientation  Programme  of  the  Cell  was  organised  on  13th  August,  2018  for  the  new  batch.  The activity  began  by  introducing  the  society;  its  mission  and  vision.  It  was  followed  by  making  the members  familiar  with  the  plan  for  the  session  2018-19.  200 students  registered  as  members  of  the cell. 

In  collaboration  with  „Feminism  in  India‟,  a  workshop  on  „Combating  Online  Harassment‟  was organised  on  August  30,  2018.  Japleen  Pasricha,  founder  and  editor-in-chief  of  FII  conducted  the workshop and  elaborated  on how  to  stay  safe online and combat  harassment.

An  intercollege  symposium  on  „Reforming  Minds,  Redeeming  Justice-Symposium  2.0‟  aimed  at enlightening  young  minds  regarding  their  legal  rights  and  how  to  exercise  them  and  redeeming justice.  The event  was  attended by  more than 400 students across  colleges.

  • Some of  the eminent  speakers who graced  the occasion were:
    • Dr.  Priyamvada  Tomar  (Medical  Director  &  IVF  Head  of  state-of-the-art  Genesis  Women's Clinic, co-convener  for  Beti  Bachao Beti  Padhao)
    •  Ms  Lakshmi  Krishnan  (President  at  Society  for  the  promotion  of  Women  and  Child Welfare(SPOWAC)
    • Ms Mrinalini  Khatri  (Advocate,  Member  of  Advisory  Committee  of  Center  for  Educational Growth and  Research)
    • Ms. Usha Kumari  Joshi, Inspector  in Delhi  Police.
  • Eminent  speakers  from  Josh  talks  discussed  about  legal  rights  and  shared  their  stories  of  struggle and empowerment. They also conducted activities  focusing  on domestic violence.
  • A play  in  association  with  Unicorn  Actors  Studio:  "Genuine  Liars",  directed  by  Junaid  Kaifi focusing  on consent, understanding  and faith was  staged.

In  collaboration  with  ‘Center  for  Social  Research’  and  supported  by  Facebook,  a  workshop  on ‘Surfing  Social  Media’  was  organised  on  14th  January,  2019.  It  focused  on  online  safety  mechanisms devised  to control  the  information shared by  users  in virtual  space.

  • On  14th  January,  2019  a  special  session  by  Ms.  Charu  Pragya,  a  lawyer  with  the  distinction  of  being the  first  ever  woman  head  of  the  National  Legal  Cell  of  the  BJYM's  Wing  was  also  held.    She  had  an informal  conversation with  students and  appraised  them  about  the  legal  framework  in  India.
  • On  21st  January,  2019  an  awareness  drive  on  „Consent‟  was  organised  in  collaboration  with  the Photography  and  Theatre  society  of  the  college.  A  nukkad  natak  on  the  above  theme  was  also  organised.  
  • Recognizing  the  importance  of  safety  of  girls,  the  college  organizes  a  self-defense  training  program  in association  with  Delhi  Police  every  year.  This  year,  the  training  workshop  was  held  in  the  college campus between 4th  February  and 9th  February  2019.


Women Development  Cell  organized  its Annual  Fest  Srijanika'19 on  13th February, 2019.

  • Designer's  Block-  a  Designing  Competition  wherein  participants  were  given  different  topics  on which  they  made  digital  posters.
  • Let’s  get  Quizzical-A  mobile  based  quiz  competition  wherein  questions  were  related  to  current issues  and women achievers.  
  • Polemic-An  extempore  competition  wherein  participants  were  given  different  topics  related  to gender  stereotypes  to speak  about.  
  • An  Online  creative  writing  competition-  Khoj-  e-Alfaz  was  also  held  on  the  theme  “Women displaying  heroism  and  courage.”
  • Expressions:  Expression  of  self  via  an  art  form,  wherein  music,  dance  and  fashion  societies  of different  colleges  participated in  this competition.  
  • Funfair-  Fun  games  and  activities  were  organised  to  create  awareness  regarding  gender  issues  in an informal  way.

Apart  from  this,  discussions  and  documentary  screenings  under  the  name  Vichar  Vimarsh  and Peshkash  were  also  organized  on  topics  like  Sexual  Objectification,  Adultery  Law,  Section  377,  and „Taking  No‟  for  an  answer  et  al.  periodically.  The  volunteers  of  the  cell  attended  workshops  and events of  other  gender  forums like Feminism  in  India,  AISEC, and Josh  Talks.  

  • Women Development Cell aims to open up the minds of the students on topics of sexuality, masculinity, patriarchy and gender and stereotype beliefs associated with these issues. Along with these, the cell also aims to spread awareness about legal rights of women and the need and importance of women empowerment. Following activities were organized by Women Development Cell for this year:
  • August 25, 2017: The Cell commenced its activities with an Orientation Programme to apprise the students about its aims and functioning. 150 students from all the courses enrolled as volunteers.
  • Session on Triple Talaaq by India First: India First is a famous blog which discusses about country’s strategic interests and ensures robust economic growth. They organized a discussion session with all the members of Women Development Cell on the burning topic of Triple Talaaq. Students freely shared their opinion and had a fruitful discussion.
  • September 27, 2017: An intercollege symposium on ‘Women in Industries-Tussles and Triumphs’, was organised. Four speakers, namely, Ms Anika Verma (Sr. Manager at Breakthrough India), Ms Oshikka Lumb (Founder of Markitier and Event Mosaic), Ms Rituparna Sengupta (Campaigns, Brand and Media Head at WWF-India) and Ms Aishwarya Sharma (Owner of Figuramoda) were invited to share their story, struggles they faced and how to break the myths associated with working women. The event was attended by more than 350 students across colleges.
  • October 27, 2017: One of the major objectives of Women Development Cell is to spread legal awareness. For this purpose, a seminar on Article 35A was organised. The speaker Sh. Dileep Kumar Dubey, a Supreme Court Lawyer addressed a gathering of 200 students and explained Article 35A in great detail.
  • October 30, 2017: An Intra College Painting Competition - Knack’s Beau was organized in which more than 30 students participated enthusiastically to express their thoughts and opinions in a creative colourful manner. On the spot themes given to the participants were - gender and society, women in national building, domestic violence and phenomenal women. Participants came out with creative and surprising interpretation of their topics. The winners of the Competition were:
    • First Prize: Saurabh (B.Com Hons, 3rd Year)
    • Second Prize: Pulak Jain (B.A. Hons English, 1st Year)
    • Third Prize: Preeti (B.A. Prog, 1st Year) and Tanika Sharma (B.Sc Hons Physics, 3rd Year)
    • Special Mention: Vanshika Sharma (B.Com Hons, 2nd Year) and Pragya Dass (B.Sc Hons. Chemistry, 1st Year)
  • October 30, 2017: The following events were organized –
  1. Breaking the Barriers - An intra-college on the spot bilingual writing competition was held. The topic for the competition was ‘Speak up/Awaaz Uthao’. This event emphasised to highlight imaginative ideas which bring happiness, smiles and cheers to life of women and throw light on their pains and sufferings. The stars of this event were:
  • First Prize: Khushleen (B.Sc Hons. Physics, 3rd Year)
  • Second Prize: Sudhan Singh (B.Sc Hons. Botany, 3rd Year)
  • Third Prize: Riya Pakhre (B.Sc Hons. Botany, 2nd Year)
  • Consolation Prizes: Sourabh Sharma (B.Sc Math. Sc., 1st Yr) and Jugal (B.A. Prog, 2nd Yr)
  1. AUGUSTA - A group discussion was organized on some topics of utmost importance. The areas of concern included crime against women, menstrual myths/ hygiene, puberty, adult education discriminatory practices against women in different religions and medical termination of pregnancy and maternity law. A Survey was conducted on the above-mentioned topics beforehand and the results were discussed.
  • January 17, 2018: A lecture on a noteworthy theme “Women and Travel” was conducted by Mr Jyotishman Kalita, Department of English, Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College. He talked about how spaces are demarcated for men and women differently, how the number of women travellers outnumbered the male travellers, and barriers we need to break for the betterment of the society. He also discussed the real definition of a traveller and how the soulful travel is hit by commercialism. He highlighted the relevant survival hacks, the importance of travelling in groups and above all experience and life lessons are more enriching.
  • January 24, 2018: On the occasion of National Girl Child Day, Office of the District Magistrate/Dy. Commissioner, South West Delhi organized a Panel Discussion with eminent personalities. The Women Development Cell of the college along with National Service Scheme aided in event management and logistics for the event. Panellists for the event were Mr. Vijender Singh(Boxer, Olympic Medalist), Ms. Ira Singhal (UPSC Topper), Ms. Anuradha (Chairperson & MD, B.A.G Network), Ms Bhanu Pratap (SDM Kapashera), Ms Manjari Chaturvedi (Kathak Dancer), Ms. Sujata Soni Bali (Theatre Director & Producer), Mr. Ravi Kant (Lawyer and Social Activist). The discussion was moderated by Mr. Sidharth Pandey (Sr. Journalist). The event was a grand success with more than 500 students attending and interacting.
  • 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
  • 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. 
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.