The Women’s Development Cell of Shivaji College works throughout the year to highlight issues of gender disparity that prevail in every section of society. The aim is to create awareness about these concerns by bringing them to the forefront and openly challenging them to bridge the gap between the empowered male and the disempowered female and the third gender. While equality, justice and opportunities are ideals of democracies, these are impossible to achieve if half the population is disempowered only on account of its sex. Laws help, but it is important to change the mentalities of the people, so that they make informed choices which favour opportunities for everyone and disabilities for none. These issues are brought to the forefront by members of the cell and boys and girls of the college before the Shivaji fraternity through workshops, lectures, seminars and debates. Every year a selected number of people, who challenge patriarchy to better their lives and of those around them, are felicitated with Jijabai Awards, instituted by Shivaji College.
International Webinar on “Psychological Well-Being and COVID 19: An Internal Journey” organised by the Women’s Development Cell (WDC) under the aegis of IQAC on May 07, 2020.
An International Conference on “Women’s Leadership for Global Peace and Prosperity”, sponsored by University Grants Commission (UGC) from January 9-10, 2020. The Chief Guest, Prof. D.P. Singh (Chairman, UGC) enlightened the audience about the importance and role of women in society. The participants were addressed by Ms. Harjinder Kaur Talwar, National President, FICCI Ladies Organisation, Prof. Margaret Rose Hunt Keynote Speaker, Prof. H.C Bhatla, Chairman, Governing Body, and Dr. Shashi Nijhawan, Principal.
The Chief Guest, Smt. Baby Rani Maurya (Hon’ble Governor of Uttarakhand) and Ms. Surina Rajan (HIPA, Govt. of Haryana) graced the valedictory session of the International Conference.
The coffee table book "SANSMARAN” was released and the Jijabai Awardees- Ms. Smarita Sengupta, Mr. Shafiqur Rahman Khan, Ms. Lakhimi Baruah, Ms. Anita Gupta and Dr. Masooma Rizvi were felicitated. WDC IC 20 Cultural Evening, performance by MERI ZINDAGI, India’s First Female Rock Band on January 10, 2020.
The WDC organised Orientation Day on August 9, 2019. There was a talk by Mr. Anurag Bindal, Delhi Legal Services Advocate, West District, followed by a performance by Asmita Theatre Group of the street play Dastak directed by Arvind Gaur.
The WDC also organised a Self Defence Workshop AATMBAL in collaboration with Delhi Police from Sept 02-06, 2019.
On November 1, 2019, WDC organised a Gender Sensitisation Programme to make students aware of modern day issues of gender parity.
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