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.
Manmeet Kaur (Co-ordinator)
Srishty Ranjan (Co-ordinator)
Sambhavi G (Co-ordinator)
Ishma Mahajan (Creative Head)
Staff Advisors : Dr. Ujjayini Ray, Ms. Pamyaphy, Ms. Bhawna Devi, Ms. Saswati Bhattacharya, Ms. Rachita Mittal, Ms. Pooja Singhal, Ms. Priya Kumari
Society Email Address : firstname.lastname@example.org
WDC conducted a series of ‘Let’s Talk’ sessions throughout the year. These sessions were aimed at building a greater sense of belongingness and sisterhood amongst the members and provided a space for meaningful discussions and frank self-expression.
The issues discussed in the sessions included personal experiences of eve teasing followed by a discussion of actions/reactions thereof, body image issuesfaced by members and those around them, the relevance of feminism in intimate relationships etc. Besides, it was in these sessions that the group decided the plan of action for the academic year. The Women’s Development Cell created awareness about gender issues through a seriesof interesting initiatives throughout the year, which included workshops, talks, film screenings and poetry. A workshop on ‘Rape Culture’ was organised on 11 February 2016 to facilitate an incisive understanding about the prevalence of Rape Culture in India. It was hosted by WDC in collaboration with Womenite, an online forum heralding change the feminist way. Shaifila Ladhani, the field work head of the forum was thefacilitator. Through documentaries, power-point presentations and an exhaustive Q&A session, this workshop encouraged participants to think critically and challenged many assumptions about rape.
WDC organized an interactive Round table discussion on ‘Abortion Rights and Stigma’, inassociation with CREA on 29 September 2015 to mark the Global Day of Action for Access to Safe and Legal Abortion. The campaign known as ‘#AbortTheStigma: Normalizing Conversations around Abortion’, initiated by CREA (a feminist human rights organization) in collaboration with Youth Ki Awaaz, aimed to combat the stigma and myths surrounding women’s rights and access to safe abortion services in India. WDC also startedan online campaign on its Facebook page tosupport the same.
In collaboration with the National Service Scheme, WDC organised a series of gender sensitivity workshops for children aged 7-10 years. Volunteers used the medium of dialogue, stories, pictures, paintings, videos etc. to engage with the children. WDC had the privilege of hosting Ms. Kamla Bhasin, a pioneer of the feminist movement inIndia for a very interactive Talk on ‘Men and Masculinity’ on 13 October 2015. Ms. Bhasin talked about her extensive experience in working with both men and women, especially inSouth Asia and sang some amusing but extremely meaningful songs related to the topic.
A Quiz was organised on 27 October 2015 by WDC, in collaboration with the Quiz society, which focussed on women’s movements, literature, achievements etc. The collaboration with the NGO One Billion Rising (OBR) provided a platform for members of WDC to showcase their creativity. At the launch of Kajarya, a docu-drama film on abortion and female infanticide held at Jantar Mantar on 2 November 2015, WDC put up a photo exhibition of their work with NSS NGO children aged 7-10 years. Five WDC members were also invited to perform their slam pieces at the event. In addition, WDC members volunteered for various other events held as a part of the One Billion Rising Revolution to end violence and injustice against women throughout the year.
A week before V-Day i.e. 14 February 2016, WDC hosted an art wall in college. During Tarang’16 WDC put up two innovative events. Anarchia- Breaking Stereotypes was one of the highlights of Tarang 2016 and promoted the use of performing arts like music, art, poetry and even fashion to challenge gender and otherstereotypes. The event was judged by Ms. Kamla Bhasin, the renowned feminist and Vikramaditya Sahai, a queer activist, who teaches at Ambedkar University. Lutallica, a soliloquy competition, was organised on the theme of ‘Reimagining Indianactors’. Participants were invited to represent iconic Bollywood characters in a colloquially poetic form so as to raise questions about terms like ‘femininity’ and ‘masculinity’. The event was judged by Ms. Madhureeta Anand, a film director.
WDC and the Internal Complaints Committee on Sexual Harassment collaborated with the Delhi Legal Services Authority (DLSA) to organise a Workshop on ‘Legal Literacy’ which dealt with issues of Sexual Harassment at Workplaces and Domestic Violence. Held on 14 January 2016, it was hailed by the Principal, Dr. Suman Sharma, as a unique initiative towards enriching academic discussions on women’s rights with legal knowledge and experience. The eminent speakers included Ms. Chetna Singh (Secretary, DLSA), Ms.Monika Saroha (Deputy, DLSA) and Ms. Shreya Arora Mehta (Metropolitan Magistrate, South District). The workshop was a preamble to the certificate course titled ‘Women and Law’ which was conducted by speakers from DLSA as well as practicing lawyers and included sessions on the Dowry Prohibition Act, Domestic Violence laws, Pre Natal Sex Determination laws etc. The course culminated successfully with a field visit to theSaket District Court, where the students were taken around and even had the opportunity of witnessing some hearings first hand. The students were also shown the mediation centre, vulnerable witness centre, and had a chance to participate in a round table discussion with the District Judge (South-East district)- Ms. Kiran Nath.
From this year onwards, WDC has started an online journal, hosted by Campus Diaries. Thejournal aims at providing a forum for different perspectives and nuanced discussions on genderand sexuality. It can be viewed at: