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  • 1. Centre for Women’s Development Studies (CWDS) Presented by, Vishnumaya, R. S. MLISc-S4 DLIS, University of Kerala
  • 2. Centre for Women’s Development Studies (CWDS) : An Overview • CWDS was established on 19th April 1980, in the middle of the International Women’s Decade. • Preparation of the first ever comprehensive government report on the ‘Status of Women in India’ entitled Towards Equality. • Later associated with the Women’s Studies Programme of the ICSSR.
  • 3. • The CWDS was registered under the Societies’ Registration Act, 1860 in New Delhi (under the leadership of late Prof. J.P. Naik). • Started functioning since May 1980, with a small financial grant from the Vikram Sarabhai Foundation.
  • 4. Objectives • Undertakes, promotes and coordinates both fundamental and applied research on women and development; • Organizes and assists training programmes for scholars, planners, administrators, members of women’s organizations/ cooperatives etc.;
  • 5. Objectives… • Promotes and collaborates with academic institutions, grass root level organizations and individuals engaged in allied activities; • Provides advisory and consultancy services on allied issues to institutions and organizations;
  • 6. Objectives… • Develops and promotes educational training and action programmes for women, especially under-privileged women; • Undertakes activities that are consistent with the objectives of CWDS and helps to bring about attitudinal and other changes for effective participation of women from all levels of society.
  • 7. CWDS Library • A specialized research resource centre for a comprehensive collection of published and unpublished material relating to Indian women. • The Library through its collection aims to provide an overall perspective regarding the situational analysis, current issues, development policies, etc.
  • 8. Collection Development • The library purchases published material on a regular basis by going through a variety of book selection tools. • Its collection of institutional reports/ papers is developed primarily through networking at the local, regional, national, and international levels.
  • 9. Collection Development… • The thrust subject areas over the last few years have been : Feminist theory/ feminism Girl child Child rights Child labour Rural women
  • 10. Collection Development… New economic policy Structural adjustment Financial institutions and credit Panchayati raj
  • 11. Collection Development… Environment Health Violence against women
  • 12. Collection Development… Reproductive health Women’s reservation Empowerment Domestic Violence Education……..
  • 13. Major Collections • Reference Collection • Books and Monographs • Conference Papers • Periodicals • Audio Visuals • e-Library
  • 14. Library In-House Databases 1) Mahila Database (Catalogue) 2) Articles Index Database 3) Chitra: Audio-Visual Database 4) Periodicals Database 5) Institutional Database
  • 15. Information Services • Current Awareness Bulletin • Current Contents of Journals (fortnightly) • Database Search – OPAC
  • 16. • Electronic Databases • Reprographic Services • CWDS Reading Lists Series • Bibliographies
  • 17. Publications
  • 18. Publications • Disability studies in India: Global Discourses, Local Realities (Routledge, 2012) • Moving with the times: Gender, Status and Migration of Nurses in India (Routledge, 2012)
  • 19. Publications… • Towards equality: Report of the Committee on the Status of Women in India (Pearson, 2012) • Women's studies in India : A reader (Penguin Books, New Delhi, 2008)
  • 20. Publications… • Education, Equality And Development Persistent Paradoxes in Indian Women's History (Pearson, 2012) • Crimes Against Women: Bondage and Beyond (CWDS, 2002)
  • 21. Publications… • Indian Journal of Gender Studies (SAGE Publications, 1994 ).
  • 22. Publications… • J.P. Naik Memorial Lecture
  • 23. References •, Retrieved on 6 July, 2013. •, Retrieved on 6 July, 2013.
  • 24. “Any youngman who makes dowry a condition for marriage discredits his education and his country and dishonours womanhood…” - Mahatma Gandhi