Women's Development Cell - Activities


This year, the WDC started off its activities in August 2009 with a creative writing competition for students as part of the Freshers’ Talent Search. In September the film Raat Porir Kotha (The Tales of the Night Fairies) by Sohini Ghosh was screened. This was followed by a student discussion. As part of our larger involvement with gender issues outside the college, WDC members and other students actively participated in the Safe Campus Campaign during the first term wherein they took part in a publicity campaign and a march throughout the campus. A discussion on the Safe Campus Campaign amongst the students was also televised on the CNN-IBN channel.

In October a discussion with Anjali Sinha of Stree Shakti Sangathan was organised around topical issues that have shaken Delhi in recent times like rape and murder of a Naga girl by an IIT student; and the gang rape of a girl by her relatives in Rohini. The purpose of the discussion was to engender thought on issues of women’s safety and especially the problems faced by girl students from the North East.  Janaki Abraham of Saheli, an autonomous women’s group, conducted a discussion on sexual harassment which focused on the question of consent. In November the WDC also invited Anhad to conduct a workshop on gender.  A discussion on Safe University campaign was organised and initiated by Tuhina Ganguly. Discussion was also held on self defense. In December, Maya John of the Centre for Struggling Women gave a talk on gender discrimination and the main activities of CSW. WDC further tried to create an awareness of women’s issues through the creative mode of film making by organizing a film making competition on Women and the city during Tempest, the college festival.

Immediately after the college festival, WDC organised a two-day festival on Women: Subjectivities and Collectivities on 17 and 18 December. The aim of the festival was to explore the formations of feminine subjects as citizens, mothers/sisters, labourers and so forth and to look at how groups of women with common subjectivities form collectivities. Panel discussions were organised on themes of Women and the State, Pakistani Women Writers, Women and Labour and Women and the Family. Speakers included Rinku Lamba (Centre for Political Studies, JNU); Kamala Sankaran; Shad Naved; Uma Chakravarti; Ashley Tellis; Ranjana Padhi (Feminist Activist); and Albeena Shakeel (AIDWA Delhi State Committee). The festival also organised two interactive theatre workshops with eminent theatre personalities Maya Rao and Keval Arora.