Why All Colleges Must Have Women Development Cells
Gender disparities are no longer silent topics. Education is the biggest area to bring about massive change in society. With the awareness of gender discrimination at all levels, we find many autonomous and crowd pulling movements by young university leaders. Legal measures have also made their way into colleges and other institutions. One of them is Female development cells (WDC).
In response to the Judgment Vishaka adopted by the Supreme Court in 1997, the University of Mumbai created the “University Women Development Cell (UWDC)” ???? in 2001. Its main objective was to make the university a gender-sensitive space.
These cells play an important role in expressing opinions on important issues that affect the daily lives of female students. They provide a platform where students can comfortably participate and share their views. They actively promote gender equality
We find WDCs in almost all colleges and universities. The level of their work, however, varies. Delhi University the colleges have successfully planned these cells and host different programs through the WDCs. Lady Shri Ram College (LSR) was the first to obtain a WDC in 1985.
Women’s development cell – a success?
Rammya, a second year LSR student, says: “? ? ? The WDC opened my eyes. In our college we have regular programs hosted by the cell in collaboration with different organizations like Nazaria.â ????
In addition to providing a forum for discussion, we see the cells organizing festivals, slam poetry competitions, cultural events and street plays. They team up with the internal complaints committee and provide a larger forum for students. Establishments like TISS, also train young members for gender awareness workshops.
Areas for improvement
Anjana, a 21-year-old student from St Xavier’s College in Ahmedabad, says: “The cell runs workshops on empowerment, mental health and more. Still, I wish he could do more than that..â ????
Students often complain about the selection criteria for WDCs. It must be more transparent and open to all. Â The colleges where it has been implemented are trying to expand it by integrating different subjects. However, the problem lies in some of the private colleges where it has not yet been implemented.
What WDC means for a student
A women’s development cell in any institution symbolizes a safety center for students. It is also the sign of progress and an open-mindedness. WDCs are no longer legal institutions on paper. They have become much more than that. For a student, a WDC unknowingly becomes her strength and offers her different perspectives on gender issues. It allows her to do whatever she wants. Therefore, the implementation of WDCs in each college is an essential step to take.
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Rachna Chandira is an intern at SheThePeople.TV