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Women's Studies Centre

The focus of the WSC is to provide a safe space for our students to engage in discussion and gain knowledge on various issues such as women and (un)employment trends, gender and sexuality, violence at home, gender and law, gender and the media, issues of minority women and discriminated sexualities, public health, gender budgeting, trends in the international and Indian women’s movement, campaigns for gender justice, etc.

The certificate course classes, workshops, student seminar, and research projects offered by the WSC are used by students to channelize their interest and concern for gender issues. We provide a useful and vibrant platform for honing skills required for further postgraduate studies in fields like Women’s Studies, Development Studies, Law and Governance, Social Work, etc. This apart, action-based events of the WSC offer students the everyday exposure of organizing gender-sensitizing initiatives among their peers and an active interest in collaborating with the larger women’s movement.

Our magazine, Jigyasa, offers a creative and dynamic space for students to express their opinions and concerns about inequalities and harsh realities surrounding us. We are also active on social media platforms wherein we livestream our online events and carry out online campaigns on pertinent issues. You can follow us on https://www.facebook.com/wscjmc, https://www.instagram.com/wsc_jmc/

Convenor: Dr. Maya John, Email: mjohn@jmc.du.ac.in

President (2020-21): Dhwani Jaisingh, III year, BA English Hons

Vice President (2020-21): Riya Arora II year, BA Sociology Hons

President (2021-22): Jessica Shroti, III year, BA History Hons

Vice President (2021-22): Sania Javed, II year, BA Economics Hons

ACTIVITIES/EVENTS CONDUCTED IN 2020-21

National Student Seminar

Commemoration of International Women’s Day 2021 with a National Student Seminar on “Gendered Realities in Times of Growing Authoritarianism,” Date: 5th March 2021.

Inter-institutional collaborations

1. Collaborative Training Workshop on “Gender and Development: With a Special Focus on Labour Policies for Women Workers,” co-organized by Women’s Studies Centre, JMC and V.V. Giri National Labour Institute (VVGNLI), Ministry of Labour & Employment, Govt. of India, Noida, Dates: 27th January to 29th January 2021, Speakers: Professor Rajni Palriwala (Former Professor of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics, DU); Dr.Ellina Samantroy (Fellow, VVGNLI); Dr. Helen R. Sekar (Senior Fellow, VVGNLI); Dr.Shobhana Warrier, Associate Professor of History, Kamala Nehru College, DU); Dr.Dhanya M.B. (Associate Fellow, VVGNLI); & Dr.Ruma Ghosh (Fellow, VVGNLI).

2. Collaborative Training Workshop on “Gender, Community and Personal/Family Law,” co-organized by Women’s Studies Centre, JMC and Sarojini Naidu Centre for Women's Studies (SNCWS), Jamia Milia Islamia, Date: 22nd - 24th April 2021, Speakers: Professor Ved Kumari (Vice Chancellor, National Law University, Odisha), Dr. Firdaus Azmat Siddiqui (SNCWS), & Dr.Monmayee Basu (Department of History, Hansraj College, Delhi University).

3.Collaborative Workshop on “The 2021 Budget from a Gender Perspective,”co-organized by Women’s Studies Centre, JMC and Women’s Development Cell, Miranda House College, Delhi University,Date: 19th March 2021, Speakers: Professor Ritu Dewan (Founder-Member of the first Centre of Gender Economics in Asia, & Vice President of the Indian Society of Labour Economics); & Ms. Shruti Ambast (Senior Policy Analyst, Centre for Budget and Governance Accountability).

Research and student publications

We have a dedicated Research Cell which has successfully completed the following research projects:

1.Research project titled ‘Tracing Distress and Enhanced Precarity: Gender Analysis of the Lockdown in India (2020-2021)’. Click here to download a summary of the project report. Download the full report.

2.Research project titled ‘Cyber-bullying, Cyber-stalking and Sexism: A Case Study of Women Students of Delhi University (2020-21)’. Click here to download a summary of the project report. Download the full report.

3.Research project titled ‘Self-employed Women of Delhi-6 Area(2020-21)’. Click here to watch the video presentation summarising the project. Download the full report.

4. The WSC also publishes an annual magazine, JIGYASA (The Quest), showcasing our students’ opinions, creative talents,reports of some of the most thought-provoking events of WSC as well as pieces by/interviews of invited scholars. Click here to download an e-copy of JIGYASA 2020-21.

Some of our Workshops/Talks/Certificate Course Modules

1.Speakers: Professor Ritu Dewan (Founder-member of the first Centre of Gender Economics, University of Mumbai), Priyanka Kotamraju(Co-founder of Chitrakoot Collective), Meera Jatav (Co-founder of Chitrakoot Collective, senior journalist, formerly with Khabar Lahariya), WSC Webinar on “Women and Lockdown: Differential Experiences and Realities," Date: 29th August 2020.

2.Speaker: Ms. Bhasha Singh (Senior Journalist and Writer, currently associated with Newsclick as a Consulting Editor), WSC Webinar on “Dalit Women’s Lives Matter," Date: 7th October 2020.

3. Speaker: Ms. Nisha Dedhwal (Assistant Professor in the Department of Education, University of Delhi), WSC Webinar on “Gender as a Social Construct” to celebrate International Girl Child Day, in collaboration with JMC Education Programme, Date: October 12th, 2020; Time: 4.30pm to 6.00pm.

4.Speakers: Dr. Maya John (Labour historian and Assistant Professor, Jesus and Mary College); Ms. Uttanshi Agarwal (Senior Program Officer, FemJustice Legal Center), Ms. Ashita Alag(Senior Program Officer, Knowledge and Advocacy from One Future Collective, a feminist lawyering firm); Dr. Sophy Joseph(Assistant Professor, National Law University, Delhi, and Post-Doctoral Research Associate at King’s College); Ms. Audrey D’Mello (Programme Director at Majlis Manch),WSC Certificate Course Module “Gender and Law,”Date: 16th October to 28th October 2020.

5.Speakers: Professor Lakshmi Lingam(Dean & Professor, School of Media and Cultural Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai); Professor Jayanti Kajale (Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, Pune, Specialist in Agricultural Economics), WSC Certificate Course Module on “Gender Analysis of the Lockdown,”Date: 11th November to 18th November 2020.

6. Speaker: Ms. Cynthia Stephen (Dalit Activist, Writer, Social Policy Researcher and an independent Journalist), WSC Webinar on “Gender and Caste: Rethinking Feminism”, Date: November 20th, 2020; Time: 4.30pm to 6.00pm.

7.Speakers: Dr.Panchali Ray(Independent Researcher and Author); Professor Praveena Kodoth (Associate Fellow, Centre for Development Studies, Thiruvananthapuram); Dr. Christa Wichterich (Visiting Lecturer, Kassel University, Germany, freelance author & scholar activist), WSC Certificate Course Module on“Public Health and Global Care Chains,”Date: 22nd January to 10th February 2021.

8.Speakers: Professor Ruth Vanita (Professor of English, University of Montana and of several books including Same Sex Love in India and Memory of Light); Sharif D. Rangnekar (Communications & Workplace Consultant, Author, Festival Director - Rainbow Lit Fest, Singer / Songwriter), WSC Certificate Course Moduleon “LGBTQIA+ Writings from India,”Date: 6th February to 8th February 2021.

9.Speakers: Alessandra Spano (Scholar-Activist, Marxist-feminist based in Italy, who is associated with Migrants' Coordination and Precarious Dis/connections); Andrea Zamparini (Activist with Argentinian advocacy group: National Campaign for the Right to Safe and Free Legal Abortion); Marta Carramiñana (Women’s Rights Activist from Spain, who works with the autonomous trade union CNT), WSC Webinar Series on “Dialogues with Feminists Abroad: Critical Questions and Some Reflections,”Date: 12th February to 13th February 2021.

10.Speaker: Srinidhi Raghavan (Women's Disability Rights Activist, Independent Researcher, & Program Coordinator, Rising Flame: a non-profit working for human rights of People with Disabilities), WSC Webinaron “Disability, Gender and Accessibility,”Date: 17th February 2021.

11.Speaker: Nikita Sonavane (Legal researcher, advocate and Co-Founder of the Bhopal-based Criminal Justice and Police Accountability Project), WSC Webinar on “Rethinking Feminist Interventions in Law from an Anti-Caste Perspective,”Date: 26th February 2021.

12.Speaker: Advocate Kirti Singh (Leading Women's Rights Lawyer and Activist), WSC Webinar commemorating International Women’s Day with a public lecture on “Women’s Rights and the Non-observance of the Law and the Constitution,”Date: 5th March 2021.

13. Speaker: Urvashi Butalia (Indian feminist writer, publisher and activist), public lecture on “A History of Our Own: Mapping Women’s Movements and Feminisms in India,” in collaboration with the Department of History, Jesus and Mary College, Date: 10th March 2021; Time: 12:45 - 2:00 pm.

14.Speakers: Soumya Mathew (Community Editor at Feminism in India, Journalist, Independent Reporter); Vandana Sebastian Bawa (a noted Television journalist who has worked with major national channels like NewsX, CNN-News 18 and India Ahead News); &Priyanka Dubey(Bilingual multimedia investigative journalist currently with BBC, and author of No Nation for Women--Reportage on Rape from India, the World's Largest Democracy), WSC Certificate Course Module on “Gender and Media,”Date: 20th March to 22nd March 2021.

15.Speakers: Professor Imrana Qadeer (Distinguished faculty, Council for Social Development), & Santosh Mahindrakar (Practicing nurse associated with the Innovative Alliance for Public Health), WSC Certificate Course Module on “Public Healthcare, Modern Medical Science and Capitalism: Contexualising India’s Health Crisis,” Date: 16th June to 22nd June 2021.

Some of our other events/initiatives

1.Short Film Screening of “Devi” in collaboration with Panorama, the Film Making Society of Jesus and Mary College, Date: September 16th 2020, Time: 12.45pm to 2.00pm.

2.Online Campaign:What is Feminism?, Dates: 27th September 2020 to 1st October 2020.

3.Presentation on “Women in Sports” by the Editorial Team, Date: October 3rd, 2020; Time:11.30am to 1.00pm.

4.Online Campaign:Women in Sports, Dates: 6th October 2020 to 7th October 2020.

5.Online Campaign: PCOD/PCOS Campaign, Dates: 8th October 2020 to 14th October 2020.

6.Narratives of Gender and Sexuality:Screening of the Short Film “Boxed” followed by a discussion with Ms. KashishDua (Assistant Professor, Jesus and Mary College), Date: October 14th, 2020; Time: 4.10pm to 6.00pm.

7.Solidarity Statement:Condemnation of the institutional murder of LSR Student Aishwarya Reddy, issued on 16th November 2020.

8. Solidarity Statement: Against the gang rape of Anganwadi worker in Badaun, Uttar Pradesh, issued on 8th January 2021.

9.Online Campaign: Against Love Jihad Propaganda, Dates: 20th January 2021 to 23rd January 2021.

10.A Creative Writing, Photography and Art Competition conducted in collaboration with Cauldron, The English Magazine Society, on the theme “Deconstructing Gender”, Dates: 23rd January 2021 to 31st January 2021.

11.Solidarity Statement: Solidarity with Unnao victims and condemnation of crimes against Dalit women, issued on 19th February 2021.

12.Speak Up, a Discussion Circle, was conducted broadly on the theme of “Sexism and Gender Inequality” to commemorate International Women's Day Week.

13. Poetry Reading on the theme “Reading and Reflecting on Revolutionary Women's Poetry,” Date: March 3rd (Wednesday), 2021; Time: 4.30pm onwards.

14.Solidarity Statement: In support of healthcare workers & to highlight the state's negligence & mismanagement during the crisis, issued on 11th June 2021.

15.Solidarity Statement: Against denial of a trial and custodial murder of Fr. Stan Swamy, issued on 7th July 2021.

16.Solidarity Statement: Against the Cinematography (Amendment) Bill.