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Centre for Women's Studies

Center for Women’s Studies


Wider conception of women’s studies has found concrete form in the Centre’s involvements in the field of action-research, whereby grassroots women’s organizations and institutions have been partners in the production of knowledge about women’s lives and struggles.  In so doing, the Centre has demonstrated its commitment to change and transformation through intervening in and initiating developmental processes and activities, especially among rural women, otherwise the most remote from institutions of higher education.

Report : 2019-2020

  • CWS organized a Guest lecture by Rhythm Pandey, Program Director of Strategic Alliance Food 4 Thought Foundation, Hyderabad on Joy of reading
  • Ms.Popy Devi Nath, Director, Centre for Women’s Studies St. Ann’s College for Women Mehdipatnam, Hyderabad, has completed a 3 days TOT training followed by 15 days assignment with Feminist Approach to Technology (FAT) to support in developing a facilitators’ manual for Comprehensive Sexuality Education of Youth with Locomotor Disabilities
  • Two days training programme on Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) for Youth with Disabilities and Non-disabilities” was held on 29th and 30th August, 2019. 14 Under Graduate Students from Arts, Commerce and Science participated in the event.
  • CWS organized a meet with D. Sai Subash Chandra, Center Head, Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled, Bangalore, Dr. Radhika, Dean, Students affair and Popy Devi Nath, Director, Centre for Women’s Students along with students and parents. Samarthanam works for the empowerment of persons with disabilities and the underserved.
  • Field trip to The Rural Technology Park, The National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj (NIRD&PR), Hyderbad on 4thDec, 2019 was organized by Centre for Women’s Studies and Political Science Department of 31 numbers of students along with two faculty members in order to give them a practical experience.
  • Department of Political Science & Centre for Women Studies organized a Guest Lecture on the topic “Women’s Rights as Human Rights” on 11th December, 2019. Dr P.Venkatramana, an Associate Professor of GDC, Kukatpally was the speaker. He highlighted on the various generation of Human Rights and the need to educate people about their rights.
  • The students of NGO management visited the Green Special School at Mehdipatnam, specially built for the handicapped students on 17th December, 2019

  • Legal Awareness Programme on Criminal and Civil Law and Women and Reproductive Health Rights on 7th March , 2020 to commemorate International Women’s Day sponsored by National Commission for Women, New Delhi. 378 Students, Staff, NGO Workers, GHMC workers participated in the event.
  • Women achievers Prof Shantha Sinha, Former Chairperson of National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), Government of India, Founder Secretary Trustee of Mamidipudi Venkatarangaiya Foundation, Professor of Political Science and Captain Syeda Salva Fatima, First Lady Muslim Pilot, Old City, an alumnus from St Ann’s College for Women were felicitated with Shreyasi Awards by Dhruthi Centre.
  • Report : 2018-2019

  • A talk on “Leadership and Motivation in Social Work Management" On 30th August 2018 by Ms. Jai Bharati, an architect and a woman biker.
  • Organized Dignity March’ on Hyderabad on 5th Jan, 2019 - Survivors of rape and sexual violence and families from various States participated in the march. The ‘Dignity March’, aimed at ending sexual violence against women and children, reached Hyderabad at St. Ann’s College for Women on Saturday after covering Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala and Goa.
  • Menstrual health awareness training progrmme on 11th Aug, 2018 Infosys Campus, Gachibowli, Hyd. a group of 20 Students attended the training on Menstruation Awareness Programme.
  • Two Days HumanRights Education Program: Five students along with faculty have attended two Days Human Rights Education Program organized by IARF- Human Rights Resource Centre (HRRC), State Human Right Commission AP & Telengana
  • Chiguru event on 16th Dec - 120 students have volunteered in Chiguru event organized by Youth For Seva Hyderabad, an inter-school sporting, cultural and literary fest Chiguru (literally ‘budding’), to showcase talents of under privileged kids from in and around Hyderabad.
  • TWO DAYS HUMAN RIGHTS EDUCATION TRAINING PROGRAM was organized   by Centre for Women’s Studies in collaboration with  BIRDS – Human Rights Resource Centre, Bangalore on 15th and 16th February, 2019. About 50 students from various departments and other colleges participated in the event. 

    NATIONAL COMMISSION FOR WOMEN - Sponsored a one-day National Conference on  “Cyber Crime and Victimization of Women: Challenges and Legal Response” organised by Centre for Women’s Studies on 15th March, 2019. 

    FELICITATION OF SHREYASI AWARD - Smt. Rajam Ganeshan,  Secretary, Consumer Care Centre, Hyderabad was with Shreyasi Award.  

    Report : 2017-2018

  • The centre for Women Studies at St. Ann’s College has taken advantage of contemporary trends in Gender Research under their umbrella projects, including perspectives such as multiculturalism, queer theory and scrutiny research. Some of the activities of CWS include:
  • An orientation programme titled “Understanding Gender and Gender Role – key for Women Empowerment” on 29th July, 2017
  • A concert was held on the occasion of World Youth Skills Day on Friday, July 14th, 2017. A crowd of 3000 students and faculty members from St. Ann’s College enjoyed the concert
  • World Youth Skills Day 2017 in Collaboration with Youth for Seva: A Talk on Women’s Economic Empowerment & Skills Development was organized
  • Her health Hygiene Workshop in Telangana Social Welfare Residential School.
  • One day workshop on the issue of menstrual hygiene and safe menstrual practice was held by Centre for Women’s Studies, and Mindmap Enterprise Private ltd, Chennai in Telangana Social Welfare School on 25th August, 2017
  • 11thOct Rally to commemorate International Girl Child Day: In an endeavor to improve sex ratio in Hyderabad, Centre for Women’s Studies organized "International Girl Child Day”. The rally commenced from St. Ann’s College College and covered nearby areas of Mehdipatnam.
  • Youth For Seva Hyderabad organized an inter-school sporting, cultural and literary fest Chiguru (literally ‘budding’), to showcase talents of under privileged kids from in and around Hyderabad. 20 Students has volunteered in inter-school sporting, cultural and literary fest Chiguru (literally ‘budding’) in an organization ‘Youth for Seva’ - 18th February 2017
  • Seminar on Women Empowerment through Entrepreneurship- 20th Jan. 2018 - With the central theme of providing a platform for one to one interaction with women entrepreneurs and students of St. Ann’s college, a seminar was organized on “Women Empowerment through Entrepreneurship” on 20th January 2018, jointly organized by Department of Chemistry and CWS
  • Awareness walk - Volunteers of CWS have participated in Disabled Awareness walk organized by NPRD, India, CDS India and Youth for Seva on 1st Dec 2012.
  • The Annual Newsletter “Dhruti Scape” was released on 20th January, 2018 . The Centre for Women’s Studies, St. Ann’s College for Women has organised International Women’s Day on 7th March, 2018 with the IWD campaign theme #PressForProgress. Shuttler P.V. Sindhu and ACP (Crimes) Swati Lakra honoured at St. Ann’s College for Women
  • Report : 2016-2017

    1. Guest Lecture -Feminist movements in India byProf. AparanaRayaprol.
    2. Field Trip cum Collaboration with Residential Bridge Course Camp, MammidipuddiVenkatarangaiya Foundation, Hyderabad
    3. Collaboration with MV Foundation
    4. Competitions-
    • Freelance Painting (acrylic, pencil sketching, glass painting and charcoal painting )
    • Documentary making
    1. Awareness Programme on ‘Individual Social Responsibility’

    Center for Women Studies  hasorganized an awareness programme on Individual Social Responsibility on 5th January, 2017. The programme was conducted in collaboration with Bosconet, New Delhi under the theme of “The Girl Child”. Center for Women Studies has Resource person of this programme were Fr. Noel Medhichetty- SDB, Director, Bosconet (Advocacy & Resource Mobilization of Don Bosco, south Asia) & National Secretary, Don Bosco India; and Ms. Rashmi Rose Murmu, national Coordinator & HOD (School Funding Process), Bosconet.  15 students from St. Ann’s College for Women are volunteering in Bosconet.

    1. SHE Teams 2K RUN&5K RUN

    The Center for Women’s Studies has participated in the 2K RUN&5K RUN which was organized by SHE TEAMS of Hyderabad Police, Hyderabad City on 5th March, 2017. To commemorate the International Women’s Day, the She Teams wing of the Hyderabad City Police organsied Women and Child safety awareness 2k and 5k run with the theme #Be Bold For Change, aimed to raise to raise awareness among girls, women on the responsible usage of technologies, participation in online community activities and also to obtain solidarity and support in achieving a ‘Crime Free Hyderabad City’. 

    1. Women’s Day:
    • Felicitation Program: Shreyasi of 2017

    Like every year, Shreyasi Award to recognize women  achievers has been awarded to Padmashri  Dr. PadmashriManjulaAnagani and Smt. HarichandanaDasari, IAS(Zonal Commissioner, GHMC) an alumna. 

    • Dhruti celebrated women’s day on the theme “BeBoldForChange”  .
    1. An Orientation programme titled “Influences on Gender-Role Attitudes during the Transition to Adulthood”was conducted for the students of first and second years. The programme aimed to determinants of fertility, child mortality, and gender bias in child survival in India 
    2. Awareness Programme titled “Sexual violence prevention through education was conducted for B.A third year students. The programme aimed at sensitizing the students on certain pertinent issues faced by women in the modern world causes and prevention of sexual violence
    3. Research Projects
    1. A Study on Coping Skills of Transgender in Hyderabad, Telengana
    2. A Study on Health Problem of Working class Women in Mehdipatnam,Hyderabad
    3. Gender Roles in Modern Society    

    Report :2015 - 16

    1. Awareness program on “Save the Child”- 18.09.2015

    A Social Endeavour by ‘Save the Child Organization’ in Collaboration with UNICEF – The event involved a presentation on the ‘Save The Child’ campaign encouraging the ever eager students of St. Ann’s who listened with rapt attention and as the presenter put forth the successes of the organization and the precise statistics of the rich percentage of the children who are denied their basic rights – such as food, education, right to live etc.

    1. Seminar on “Women Empowerment – Strategy for Tomorrow” – 7/12/2015

    This event was organized under the aegis of Royal Society of Chemistry (London).This event was graced by the presence of eminent personalities such as Professor. K.S Shastri, a Senior Scientist; Dr. Peesapati, a laudable professor; KalapakamPolasa, Director Of National Institute of Nutrition; Dr. Chitra, a member of American Chemical Society; Dr. Ambuja, a gynecologist and a member of Indian Medical Association; Ms. Swati Lakra, IPS (SHE Teams); and ManjulaKalanithi, a journalist.

    1. Panel discussion on "Gender in Profession – Creating Inclusive Work Space”-11.01.2016

    The purposes of the panel discussion were :

    • To attract and mobilize content experts to provide a range in learning opportunities
    • To enhances leadership skills, to stimulate new understanding about gender equity.
    • Address unique challenges that coming in the way of achieving the objectives

    The panellist werePrathimaNannu – A Film Maker from NYU, Aparna Malladi- A founder member of ‘She Creates”, Yamini Reddy- Renowned Kuchipudi Dancer and K.V. Vijayendra Prasad Film Screen Writer of Bahubali and also a Nandi Awardee.

    1. CWS- Interactive Session with US Consulate, Hyderabad - 18-12-2015

    A Documentary titled “Code: Debugging the Gender Gap” by US Consulate, Hyderabad

    US Consulate, Hyderabad conducted a screening of a documentary titled “Code Debugging the Gender Gap” directed by Robin Hauser Reynolds.  The documentary throws light up on gender discrimination in the IT industries where women skills despite being exceptional are considered secondary to the work force of men.

    1. Orientation programme on "Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment" on13.06.2015
    2. Orientation Programme on Gender Stereotypes in Media on 21.7.2015
    3. Women’s Day “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step it Up for Gender Equality”

    International women’s day 2016 was a celebration of social economic and cultural achievements of the women. The significance of the day is yet to spread many countries. Woman’s day assumes significance as it is the days when women are recognize their achievements across all section of achievements.

    1. Felicitation Program – 12th March, 2016

    The Centre for Women Studies of St. Ann’s College for Women, Dhruthi, with fervor has felicitated a program on commemoration of International Women’s Day. Like every year ShreyasiAward was awarded to Ms. Gedda Ruthvika Shivani, a gold medalist at the South Asian Games for badminton.

    1. Publication
    • Newsletter

    Report :2014 – 15

    1. Panel discussion on "The Displacement of Chenchus and its ramification on Women" -23.08.2014

    A panel discussion aimed is to bring limelight the woes of the tribal women, the problems such as been faced by them. Several issues such as the preservation of the culture, identity, protection of the habits have come under serious threat thanks to the urbanization in the name of which the tribal lands have been encroached and they have been uprooted and compelled to relocate them. In the process of this re location they have been facing acute problems which have been discussed in detail by the panel members in discussion. Panel discussion was inaugurated by MsK.Kavitha, M.P. of Nizambad constituency. The Chenchu Women from Nallamalla forest performed a Chenchu dance and songs for the Delegates participating in the Panel discussion.

    1. Awareness Programme on Eve Teasing by SHE Police Team on 25.11.2014
    2. Rubaroo Workshop on 05.12.2014

    Due to the convergence of vision and values, Rubaroo, in partnership with St Ann’s College and Pravah, is explored the possibility of offering an intervention for the students of the department across the 3 years of college. The experience will provide these students with insights and tools on exploring gender, understanding their own personal journeys, and would also assist them with tools to advocate for gender equity. CWS vision is to support the leadership journey of students who would become a part of larger network to lay the foundation towards a just society.

    1. Guest Lecture Titled ‘Women and Law’ on 7/3/2015

    MsRachnaWaddepalli Advocate (High court), the speaker of the day spoke at length about the laws concerning women who are subjected to domestic violence, dowry harassments so on and so forth. She also made the audience aware about the variations between The Hindu Law and the Islamic Law.

    1. Panel discussion on "Women in Media" - 09.01.2015

    A panel discussion on ‘Women in Media’ generated a lot of enthusiasm among the students. The panelists Ms. Jansi and Ms. Anita Apte popular anchors of radio and television spoke about the opportunities in the media and responded to the queries raised by the students.

    1. National Workshop ‘Women Empowerment, Role of Women's Studies in India’ at Bharathirasan University on 22/11/14 - Participation
    2. Publication
    • Newsletter
    • Book titled: Unforgettable Women by Nalini Shiv Kumar and Ms. Rema Mahaligam
    • An article titled ‘Case study: Acid Victims in India.’in the international journal of social science of research April- June 2014 Vol2, No. 02.

    Report : 2013-2014

    1. Interactive session on "Empowering Women through Education and Dowry Deaths"-09.11.2013
    2. Essay and Poster competition on Women and Violence-11.11.2013– 11.00 to 12.00

    The competitions were based on women related issues. The students have to portray their ideas of women in different perspectives in their posters.

    1. Guest Lecture on "Women, Peace and Security"-9.12 2013–9.30 to 10.30 by Prof Shamed Alee

    Prof Shamed Alee urged the importance of Women’s Peace and Security. Prof Alee has stated that Gender inequalities are ignored, neglected or forgotten in policymaking and solutions to peacemaking. Implementation lags behind words and rhetoric. Too much is spent on arms and military security, and too little on gender equality and women's meaningful participation. Sexual and gender-based violence is endemic and rape in war is perpetrated with impunity. Women may often be victimized; yet, women also have voice and power to be agents of change – to be Peace Women! The Women, Peace and Security give us the tools to change our worlds.

    1. Inauguration of certificate course on Women’s Studies -10.12.2013–by Mrs. Kameshwari

    A Certificate Course on Women's studies was organized to give a perspective and a comparative study of therightsofAmericanandIndianwomen,andredefined theposition of awomaninthesociety,workplace and her home. It included a session on feminist authors, movements and the evolution of a woman's image over theages

    1. "Gender sensitization sessions” for postgraduate students - 3.03.2014 to 5.03.2014 by Ms. Nalini Shivkumar



    The purpose of this session were :

    1. a) To develop students sensibility with regard to issues of gender in contemporary India
    2. b) o understand the reality of children who are situations worse than their own
    3. c) To understand about their individual social responsibility and women’s social issue.
    1. Celebration of International Women’s Day and Shreyasi Award felicitation – 08.03.2014–9.30 to 11.00

    CWS Felicitated Dr. Sr. Anthony Mary, the Principal of St. Ann’s College and Ms. AjithaSuchitra Veera, an alumnus,a film director, writer, illustrator, photographer, and film producer and an Oscar nominee film maker conferred on them the title ‘Shreyasi.’

    The Chief Guest of the day was Mrs. ChandanaChakrabarti, a scientist, social activist and actor.

    1. Publication


    Report :2012-2013

    1. Global Networking – Faculty Exchange Programme

    Ms. Nalini and Ms. Rema went to Kansas State University for 3 weeks from 1st April to 21st April 2012 to conduct a short term course on Transnational Feminism. They also delivered two public lectures on Feminist Movements in India and Ecofeminism in University of Massachusetts, Boston, USA.

    AnMoU has been signed for future exchange programmes for students and faculty with Kansas State University.

    1. Guest Lecture“on Leadership and Motivation”

    Guest lecture on “Leadership and Motivation” by Ms. TejdeepKaurMenon IPS, Add. DGP (Training & Sports) on the topic was conducted on 16th August 2012

    Ms. Menon talk interspersed with personal anecdotes, mesmerized the girls. The students were inspired by the poignancy in her rendering of her poems on women's concerns. The event ended with the girls singing along with Ms. Menon the popular number "I Have a Dream" by ABBA.

    1. Gender Sensitization Programme

    Gender sensitization programme has been conducted for students by speaker Prof. RekhaPande, Director, Centre for Women’s Studies, Hyderabad University

    1. Guest lectures on “Legal Literacy”

    Guest lectures on “Legal Literacy” by Ms. Lakshmi Vishweswaran were conducted on 15th November 2012 and 12th December 2012.


    1. Panel Discussion on “Dynamics of Women's space and security"

    A panel discussion on The Dynamics of Women's Space and Security on 21th January 2013 which was acomprehensive and all inclusive response to prevent crime and ensure a safe environment for women. It was an exercise toinfuse confidence inthestudentsand eliminate the fear associated with such an experience. The panelists were Ms. RanjanaKumar, Former Vigilance Commissioner, Ms. VasanthKannabiran, an eminent activist, Ms. ElaheHiptoola, Filmmaker, Ms. Savitha Date Menon a psychologist, Mr. SekharKammula, foundermemberofanNGO"IcareIreact"andthe youngest member TejeswiniChoudary. repre-sentingtheyouth.Thediscussionwasmoderated byMs.LakshmiVishveswaran,alawyer

    1. Women’s March Celebrations

    Women’s March Celebrations began with the screening of film Dor and an introduction by Ms. ElaheHiptoola. Two documentaries, titled “Barf” and “Mumbai Delhi Mumbai”, were screened. The director, Ms. Saba Dewan andMs. ElaheHiptoolainteracted with the audience.

    1. Attended the 11th International Exhibition on “City Infrastructure and Sustainable Urban Development”

    Ms. Nalini Shivkumar and Ms. Rema Mahalingam attended the 11th International Exhibition on “City Infrastructure and Sustainable Urban Development” from 13th to 15th March 2013 at India Expo Centre, Greater Noida, Delhi NCR

    1. Certificate Course

    A three months certificate course in Women’s Studies is being conducted every year for the first year students.

    1. Sufi dance performance

    Sufi dance performance at the inauguration of under 20 National Women’s Hockey Championship at Gachibowli stadium by St. Ann’s College Students

    1. Project

    Project on “Women in AP Police – Problems, Progression and the Need for Reforms” with Ms. TejdeepKaurMenon, IPS, Addl. DGP (Training & Sports)