Women’s Development Cell, Lady Shri Ram College is a group of passionate feminist stalwarts, out with a gender lens on a long journey of learning and unlearning. Established in 1985, WDC has earned the reputation of being a liberal space with a voracious appetite for conversations that empower the existential core. WDC finds its true power in initiating conversations on everything from the pressing social issues of domestic violence, oppressive intimate relationships, sexual harassment etc. to the psychological and spiritual issues of self discovery, uninformed compliance, the power structures of patriarchy and the like. Guest lectures, book readings, slam poetry performances, movie screenings and “Let’s Talk” sessions are all tools regularly employed in an effort to reverse the whims of the centuries.
|Staff Advisors : Ms. Pamyaphy, Ms. Bhawna Arora
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- We had the profound privilege of hosting Miss Nivedita Menon, a well-known feminist and a professor of Political Thought at JNU. She spoke about her latest book, ‘Seeing like a Feminist’ and her perceptions of feminism.
- We organised an interactive session with Dr.Masum Momaya, Museum curator at the Smithsonian Institution (Washington D.C) on - "Indian Women in America through the eyes of artists", on 28th October, 2014. Through a slide-based "tour" of visual and performance art by Indian women artists living and working in the U.S., Dr. Masum Momaya discussed the issues faced by women in the U.S. today, including gender-based discrimination, violence against women, access to education, employment & health care and stereotypical media and popular culture representation.
- We were fortunate enough to be invited by the National Commission for Women and the Ministry of Women & Child Development, Government of India on 8th of March, 2015 for the special International Women’s Day conference. The conference was about Women Entrepreneurship in India. Few of our members had the privilege of interacting with H'ble Minister Ms. Maneka Gandhi.
- During Tarang, LSR’s cultural fest, we collaborated with the Expressions society and put up a Slam Poetry event.
- On line journal: WDC started its online journal in June 2015 with monthly themes related to Gender and Sexuality. The journal is hosted by Campus Diaries.
- Gender Sensitivity sessions with children: WDC collaborated with NSS this semester to engage with grassroot level issues by conducting gender sensitivity sessions with children aged 7-10 years. Sketching, storytelling, discussion, dumb charades, poetry etc. were the media used to make an effort towards an understanding of an unprejudiced and unbiased world of gender identity.
- Talk by Kamla Bhasin: A talk on men, masculinity, prejudice and the origins of patriarchy was delivered by Ms. Kamla Bhasin, the South Asia coordinator of One Billion Rising and a leading feminist writer, spokesperson and activist.
- Exhibition at Jantar Mantar: Women's Development Cell, LSR put up an exhibition of its work with children at Jantar Mantar as a part of a series of events leading up to One Billion Rising 2016. Prejudice breaking sketches made by children and WDC members earned a lot of appreciation from all present.
- Slam poetry: WDC held a slam poetry competition in college in collaboration with the Elocution society on the theme 'Identity'. It saw varied participation from different departments and was a huge success. 5 slam poets emerging from this competition also performed at Jantar Mantar as a part of the OBR celebrations.
- Talk on Abortion rights, myths and approaches by CREA: A detailed session on abortion rights, myths etc. was conducted by CREA on invitation by WDC. Through the use of pictures, podcasts, documentaries etc. the students were made aware of the perspectives that exist towards abortion and laws that govern the process itself. The role of technology in increasing awareness was also highlighted.
- Women's Quiz: A Women's quiz was organised by WDC and the Quiz Society that reflected upon the role of women in changing the world. Participants were quizzed on the iconic contributions of women in literature, politics, social change etc.
- Let's talk sessions: WDC hosts regular 'Let's Talk' sessions for its members to open up about their own insecurities, histories and personal demons. These sessions help the members to come closer and magnify the sense of belongingness in the company of like minded people.
In the coming times WDC plans to continue with its tradition of holding ice breaking discussions in the form of seminars, lectures and informal interactions. Foreseeing a close collaboration with NGOs, WDC hopes to create ground level impact through ungendered education programmes, gender sensitivity sessions etc.