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Centre for Women’s Development Studies (CWDS)


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Centre for Women’s Development Studies (CWDS)

  1. 1. Centre for Women’s Development Studies (CWDS) Presented by, Vishnumaya, R. S. MLISc-S4 DLIS, University of Kerala
  2. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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 CWDS Library • A specialized research resource centre for a comprehensive collection of published and unpublished material relating to Indian women.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. 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. 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. 10. Collection Development… New economic policy Structural adjustment Financial institutions and credit Panchayati raj
  11. 11. Collection Development… Environment Health Violence against women
  12. 12. Collection Development… Reproductive health Women’s reservation Empowerment Domestic Violence Education……..
  13. 13. Major Collections • Reference Collection • Books and Monographs • Conference Papers • Periodicals • Audio Visuals • e-Library
  14. 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. 15. Information Services • Current Awareness Bulletin • Current Contents of Journals (fortnightly) • Database Search – OPAC
  16. 16. • Electronic Databases • Reprographic Services • CWDS Reading Lists Series • Bibliographies
  17. 17. Publications
  18. 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. 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. 20. Publications… • Education, Equality And Development Persistent Paradoxes in Indian Women's History (Pearson, 2012) • Crimes Against Women: Bondage and Beyond (CWDS, 2002)
  21. 21. Publications… • Indian Journal of Gender Studies (SAGE Publications, 1994 ).
  22. 22. Publications… • J.P. Naik Memorial Lecture
  23. 23. References •, Retrieved on 6 July, 2013. •, Retrieved on 6 July, 2013.
  24. 24. “Any youngman who makes dowry a condition for marriage discredits his education and his country and dishonours womanhood…” - Mahatma Gandhi