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Women studies institute

NATIONAL COMMISSION for Women (NCW) has shown keen interest to work in collaboration with the Institute of Women Studies, Lucknow University (LU), on gender issues. The commission is looking forward to LU to conduct study, organise seminars and arrange awareness camps to educate women about their rights and to deal with issues related to the fairer sex.

india Updated: Jan 23, 2006 00:33 IST

NATIONAL COMMISSION for Women (NCW) has shown keen interest to work in collaboration with the Institute of Women Studies, Lucknow University (LU), on gender issues. The commission is looking forward to LU to conduct study, organise seminars and arrange awareness camps to educate women about their rights and to deal with issues related to the fairer sex.

Member secretary of NCW NP Gupta visited varsity and held discussions with faculty members on how both could work towards empowering women—both rural and urban—by spreading awareness amongst them. Both Gupta and Rakesh Chandra, director of the Institute of Women Studies, were confident their partnership would produce good results.

LU has agreed to collaborate with NCW for this novel cause and would soon prepare a proposal. “We’re keen to hold study on issues like indecent portrayal of women in India through media, especially in advertisements. Other issues we intend to cover are status of women in police custody, study of the Indian Penal Code and how to make it gender-friendly,” Chandra said.

He explained: “Other key areas that interests us are trafficking of women, the working of family court, study of marriages and the reproductive health study of females.”

An elated Chandra said the institute would shortly hold a meeting and discuss it with the faculty and students before preparing a final proposal for the NCW, the apex body that addresses women issues.

In addition, LU has given its informal consent to NCW for organising awareness camps and seminars to educate women about their rights. “Once LU final examinations give over, we would go ahead with new programmes that have been discussed with NCW’s member secretary. Faculty members as well as students are looking forward to it,” he said.

An alumni of LU, Gupta graduated in the 1960s. She sought admission to M Sc Physics but left without completing it. Talking to HT Lucknow Live, Gupta praised the new certificate course being created by the LU to develop global leadership among rural women.

In this visit, he would encourage the State Women’s Commission to work in close co-ordination with NCW for speedy redressal of grievances of women. “Though the State Women Commission was doing a fair job, I would sit with them to discuss how effectively we could work on taking up the complaints,” he said before signing off from LU.

First Published: Jan 23, 2006 00:33 IST