Women Development Cell

  • 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.