Centre for Women’s Development
Vishnumaya, R. S.
DLIS, University of Kerala
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.
• The CWDS was registered under the
Societies’ Registration Act, 1860 in New
Delhi (under the leadership of late Prof. J.P.
• Started functioning since May 1980, with a
small financial grant from the Vikram
• Undertakes, promotes and coordinates both
fundamental and applied research on women
• Organizes and assists training programmes
for scholars, planners, administrators,
members of women’s organizations/
• 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
• 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.
• A specialized research resource centre for a
comprehensive collection of published and
unpublished material relating to Indian
• The Library through its collection aims to
provide an overall perspective regarding the
situational analysis, current issues,
development policies, etc.
• 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
• The thrust subject areas over the last few
years have been :
Feminist theory/ feminism