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Seminars/Workshops/ Courses 2013-2014


Seven district-level workshops on Domestic Violence for Judicial Officers:  With the permission of Hon’able Justice Mohit Shah, Chief Justice, Bombay High Court, Mumbai, the Women’s Studies Centre organized and conducted seven workshops from January  2014 to November 2014 on the subject of Domestic Violence for Judicial Officers. Other stake holders also participated. The workshops aimed at promoting the effective implementation of the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005. They were organized in Beed, Latur, Pune, Alibag (Raigad), Ratnagiri and Oras (Sindhudurg).Click here for  consolidated report


Workshop on domestic violence and mental health – 28th – 30th Jan 2015: In all 18 men and women who practice in the field as counsellors to women facing domestic violence and working with grass-root NGOs participated in the workshops. The purpose of the workshop was to enable the counsellors understand the psychological dynamics and the status of mental health of the domestic violence survivor, and address them in counselling. Such inputs would enhance the quality of counselling and make it more effective.


UGC sponsored ‘Refresher Course’ on ‘Integrating Gender in Legal and Social Science Pedagogy’ – 17th Sept to 7th Oct 2015: The aim of this course was to provide a gender perspective and integrate the understanding while teaching subjects of law and social sciences. Themes covered were as follows:

Gender, patriarchy and feminism

Gender, Human Rights, Policy and Law

Gender discrimination and gender justice

Violence against women

Gender, disability and law

Women and work

Women, political participation and governance

Gender, Law and Development

Women, land and other natural resources and law

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Conferences/Meetings/Seminars/Workshops 2013-2014

Workshops and Seminar conducted during this year is as below:

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1. Seminar:

Topic:  Oral Talaq

Date: 10th August 2013

The Gender Studies Centre a student’s initiative working with Women’s Studies Centre, organized this seminar. Further to the research undertaken by the law students of the college on Oral Talaq in the year 2012-13, a state-level seminar on ‘Oral Talaq’ was conducted. The seminar had presentations exclusively from students of ILS Law College.

2. Workshop

Topic: Workshops on Domestic Violence (for Judicial Officers in five districts of Maharashtra)

Schedule and Dates: 

Srno Location Date of workshop No. of Judicial officers* No. of other stake holders Total No. of participants
1 Ratnagiri 11th Jan 2014 16 19 35
2 Beed 16th Feb 2014 31 11 42
3 Alibaug, Raigad 8th Mar 2014 22 13 35
4 Oras, Sindhudurg 6th April 2014 12 15 27
5 Latur 26th April 2014 33 10 43

Women’s Studies Centre, ILS Law College, Pune, undertook one-day workshops for judicial officers under five District Courts who play a crucial role in the implementation of the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005. In October 2013, it sought permission of Hon’able Chief Justice of Bombay High Court, Shri. Mohit Shah, for conducting workshops in the districts of Beed, Latur, Sindhudurg, Raigad and Ratnagiri.

3. Workshop

Topic: The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act 2013

Date: 29th March 2013

The workshop was organized at ILS Law College for members of Complaints Committees constituted by colleges in Pune. 17 representatives from 10 colleges participated. They were briefed on the concept of gender, sexual harassment, myths about sexual harassment, provisions of the Act and inquiry procedures that Internal Complaints Committees have to follow.

Conferences/Meetings/Seminars/Workshops 2012-2013

The following meetings, workshops, consultations and conferences were held during the year  2012- 13

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1. Consultation

Topic: on The “Marriage Amendment Bill, 2010”

Date: 7th July 2012
The consultation was held in the ILS Law College Library. The consultation was chaired by Principal Vaijayanti Joshi. The consultation was attended by the faculty and students of the ILS Law College.Dr. Jaya Sagade presented the Bill with salient points.


Topic: The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012

Date: 14th March 2012
It was organised for students of Law College for creating awareness and understanding on contemporary issues . Ms Sneha Vishaka and Ms Joanita Britto – students of the ILS law College made presentations.


Topic :Simulation Conference on the UN Commission on the Status of Women

Date:  29-30 August 2012

(Organised by Rudraneel Chattopadhyay)WSC through its Gender Studies Cell, convened the First Intra-collegiate Simulation Conference on the UN Commission on the Status of Women in collaboration with the United Nations Information Centre for India and Bhutan with acknowledgment from UN Women, South Asia.This conference simulated the UN CSW at structural, organizational, functional and procedural levels. The priority theme for deliberation was “Equal participation of women and men in decision-making processes at all levels: with special focus on political empowerment of women”.25 delegations composing of 50 students of the ILS Law College participated in the Conference. They represented the following Member States viz. Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, China, Democratic Republic of Congo, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Germany, Ghana, India, Iran, Israel, Japan, Libya, Myanmar, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan, Republic of Korea, South Africa, Sri Lanka, United States of America and Zambia. Each delegation represented its own government’s policy on the above mentioned theme. Thereafter all the member states entered into informal consultations, formed two working groups and prepared two separate reports which were in conformity with the Beijing + 15 Programme of Action.


Conferences/Meetings/Seminars/Workshops 2011-2012

The following meetings, workshops, consultations and conferences were held during the year April 2011- March 12.

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1. Meeting

Topic: Discussion on Plans of the Center and exploring the possibilities of collaborative efforts with them.

Date: 29th June 2011, Friday
WSC called a meeting of Educational Institutions, NGOs and Civil Society members at ILS Law College on 29th June 2011 to share with       them the establishment of UGC sponsored WSC and discussion to plan the activities in the coming year.

2. Training Workshop

Topic: Sexual Harassment of Women at the Workplace

Date: 12th August 2011, Friday
This training workshop was organised at ILS Law College. Dr. Sanjay Jain, Shri. Shrikant Malegaonkar, Smt. Vinita Palkar were the resource persons.

3. State Level Consultation

Topic: Right to Abortion, Sex Selection and Eugenics

Date: 28th Nov 2011, Monday

The Consultation was held at ILS Law College. The reasons for organizing this consultation was to discuss the declining sex ratio and the role of law, bringing in the complexities of the issue of right to abortion and opposition to sex selective abortion, as well as the legal sanction to abortion on the basis of disability of the fetus. Students, academicians, researchers, activists, medical practitioners, lawyers and representatives from educational institutions and NGOs participated in the consultation. Dr. Manisha Gupte, founder – MASUM, Ms Archana More, Programme Coordinator, WSC ILS, Prof. Ilina Sen, Director – Women’s Studies Center, Wardha Unviersity, Dr. Charulata Bapaye, M.D. (Gynecology), Dr Anjali Radkar, Associate Professor from Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, Dr Soumitra Pathare, psychiatrist and disability rights activist, were the key resource persons.

4. International Conference

Topic:  Feminism and the Law: Revisiting the Past, Rethinking the Present and Thinking the Way Forward

Date: 10th to 12th February 2012
WSC in partnership with the University of New South Wales and the University of Technology Sydney, Australia organized an international conference in the memory of Prof. S.P. Sathe under the rubrics of “Remembering S.P. Sathe”.The aim of the Conference was to bring together various stakeholders in the women’s movement, namely, lawyers, academicians, students and activists.37 international delegates from 16 countries and 131 Indian delegates from various institutions participated in it. In all 62 papers were presented by delegates from countries such as Australia, Egypt, Canada, China, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Lebanon, Mauritius, Netherlands, Nigeria, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Turkey, the United States of America, and the United Kingdom.

5. Consultation

Topic: Assisted Reproductive Technology and Women’s Rights

Date: 24th March 2012

Women’s Studies Center and Nisha Dhanagare Memorial Foundation jointly organized this consultation at the ILS Law College, Pune.
This consultation was designed to deliberate on the Assisted Reproductive Technology Bill, 2010, Medical aspects of Assisted Reproductive Technology, Critical analysis of the Bill, 2012, Socio-cultural, psychological, ethical aspects of ART and alternatives to ART.

Dr. Vaijayanti Patwardhan (Obstetrician and Gynecologist), Dr. Pratibha Kulkarni (Obstetrician and Gynecologist), Dr. Anant Phadke a health rights activist, Dr. Karuna Gokhale (Professor and writer), Dr. Shirisha Sathe (Professor and clinical psychologist),  Ms Sunita Bandewar (expert in bioethics),Ms Roxana K (the Executive Director – BSSK), Prof. D.N. Dhanagare,  Principal Viajayanti Joshi (ILS Law College) and other faculty of ILS Law College – Dr. Jaya Sagade (Vice-Principal and Director of Women’s Studies Centre), Dr. Sanjay Jain, Dr. Deepa Paturkar,   Dr. Nitish Nawsagaray, and Ms Archana More, Coordinator, Women’s Studies Center were facilitators/ resource persons of the consultation.