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Women and the Law Center

The UGC granted Women’s Studies Center to the ILS Law College on 1st April 2011. The ILS Law College is probably the first law college in the country to get recognition from the UGC to establish the Women’s Studies Center. However, the ILS Law College had “Women and the Law Center” right from 1998. The seed money to establish this center was given by the FORD FOUNDATION, New Delhi. Even prior to 1998 the ILS Law College was working on legal issues pertaining to women through its Legal Aid Center.

Objectives:

  • To undertake study of women’s issues from legal perspectives.
  • To undertake teaching of law from feminist perspective and sensitise lawyers and law scholars about women’s issues.
  • To undertake research pertaining to law, national and international policies and conventions relating to women.
  • To conduct orientation programmes for NGOs.
  • To disseminate knowledge and information of laws pertaining to women.

Following were some of the activities carried out by the then “Women and Law Center”:

Research Projects:

  • Project on ‘Implementation and Impact of Section 498-A of IPC’ in 1998-2000 under the Ford Foundation grant. This research collected information from police record and from community by interviewing people to find out impact of Section 498-A IPC and to make suggestions.
  • Mirror Web Site in Collaboration with the Department of Law, University of Toronto 2001
  • Research project on preparation of the “Draft Bill on Prevention of Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace” in collaboration with the British Council, University f Warwick, UK in 2000-01
  • Gender and Development project funded by the British Council on “Training the Trainers on Socio-legal and Human Rights Dimension of Women’s Right to Reproductive Health” in collaboration with MASUM, Pune and School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London in 2003-04
  • Women’s Right to Property and Implementation of the Hindu Succession (Maharashtra Amendment) Act, 1994 in collaboration with the National Human Rights Commission, New Delhi 2004
  • Effective Implementation of the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005, a yearlong project was undertaken in 2008-09

Workshops:

  • International Winter Workshop on “Law, Gender and Development” in 1998
  • Workshop on “Law and Women’s Empowerment” in collaboration with Maharashtra Police and State Commission for Women in 1998
  • Workshop on ‘Domestic Violence and Dowry : A Comparative Perspective’ was held on Section 498-A of the Indian Penal Code in 1998.
  • Workshop on ‘Redressal of Grievances of Sexual Harassment of Women at the Work Place’ for industrial sectors in Pune in February 1999
  • Workshop on “Property Rights of Hindu Women: Proposed Reforms” in collaboration with the Law Commission in India and Vaikuntrao Dempo Center for Indo-Portuguese Studies, Goa in August 1999
  • Workshop on Reproductive Health and Women’s Human Rights 2004