Workshop on Gender Issues by Womenite

The Department of Human Development and Family Empowerment (HDFE) organized a workshop on ‘Gender Issues’ in collaboration with Womenite: A youth led social initiative. The workshop was held on 19th September 2017 at 10 am at the JDMC Seminar room.

Ms. Kavya Mohta (a member of Womenite) was the facilitator of the workshop. She was joined by another member Mr. Rahul Gulati and the founder of the organization, Mr. Harshit Gupta. The founding member introduced the organization, its objectives and their work through a powerpoint presentation.

Thereafter, the facilitator initiated a discussion on various themes covering:

  • Conceptualizing the terms such as gender, masculine, feminine etc.
  • Highlighting the difference in socialization of boys and girls.
  • Common stereotypes associated with gender
  • Discussion on LGBTQ
  • Brief history and concept of Feminism and other related connotations
  • Perceptions of Feminism
  • Sexual harassment and violence and how it affects both men and women

The workshop emphasized upon the need to be aware of one’s own and others perceptions and stereotypes, being clear about the concepts associated with gender and the importance of developing a sensitive and inclusive approach to all gender types. It also included some interesting activities to bring out the common stereotypes faced by women students in everyday life.

The workshop was attended in large numbers by the II yr. and III yr. students of B.A Programme (HDFE). Few students from Bharati College also participated in the workshop. It was a very interactive two hour session with students eagerly coming forth to share their experience and opinions on various issues.

The Department of HDFE is organising a workshop on 'Gender Issues' which will be conducted by an NGO 'Womenite' on 19th September 2017 at 10 AM in the Seminar room.

Theme - Gender Issues
Date - 19th September 2017, Tuesday
Time - 10 AM
Venue - Seminar Room
Facilitator - Ms. Kavya Mohta (member, Womenite)

HDFE Department Activities

The Department of Human Development and Family Empowerment (HDFE), formerly known as the Department of Family and Child Welfare (FCW) was set up in 1984 with an objective of offering a multi faceted course in Child Development, as a discipline course for the students of B.A (Programme).

The Discipline Course of HDFE was conceived and developed by one of the specialization Departments of Home Science, with a singular focus on catering to the students with Humanities background.

The Department of HDFE for the past three decades has been active in engaging students on various themes and concepts associated with Child Development, Early Childhood Care and Education, Empowerment of Women and Children, Children with Special Needs, Issues and challenges of adolescence etc.

Given below is an overview of the Departmental activities over the last one year:

Survey of Educational Toys

This was a class project undertaken by the students of Part III, to provide them with an opportunity for the students to explore and analyze the education toys available in the market for young children. It was also aimed to enable our students to combine their knowledge of principles of early childhood development with that of learning in preschool years.

Special Lecture

A special lecture by Ms. Khadija Farooqui, a lawyer and a human rights activist was organized on the theme 'Women Empowerment' on 12th September 2016. The lecture highlighted the current status of women in the country while emphasizing the need to develop better awareness on women's rights. Besides legal rights, Ms. Farooqui also talked about 'Cyber Crimes' and the importance of being aware of the ways social media can be misused against women by compromising their safety in general.


  1. A group of 30 students from B.A (Prog.) III Year attended a workshop at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital on 6th September, 2016. The workshop was organized by the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics and Institute of Child Health. Following areas were covered in the workshop:
    • Non Communicable Diseases in Adolescent Girls - Dr. Latika Bhalla
    • Importance of personal hygiene - Dr. Reema Kumar
    • Savour the Flavor of Eating right - Dr. Mukta Vashishtha
    • Menstrual Issues of Young Girls - Dr. Chandra Mansukhani
    • Yoga
  2. Ms. Kirti Mittal, Early Childhood Educator, conducted a workshop on developing Art & Craft material for children in a play school. Workshop was conducted in two sessions on 21st & 28th September, 2016. The workshop provided hands-on experience for the students in developing simple, low cost teaching-learning material from paper. It also provided guidance to students in using different teaching aids in a classroom with young children.
  3. Ms. Bhawna Sharma, freelance puppet expert formerly from CIET, NCERT conducted a workshop on 'Puppet & Mask making' and Origami for students of B.A (Prog.) II & III Year on 11th January, 2017. It facilitated students to create face masks and animals' masks using pictures and creating simple and colorful puppets from waste, leftover material such like plastic bottles, straws, plastic bags etc.
  4. The Department organized a Workshop on 'Gender Sensitization and Women Empowerment' which was conducted in collaboration with 'Jagori' on 25th January 2017. Jagori is a NGO working in the area of women safety and empowerment. The workshop entailed dynamic interaction and activities with students to highlight the issue of women's safety, their use of freedom, need and ways of ending violence against women, leadership development in women, concept of rights and entitlements etc.

Institutional visits to National Bal Bhawan and Bal Sahyog

Visits to National Bal Bhawan and Bal Sahyog were organized on 28th September, 2016 and 5th October, 2016 respectively. These day-long visits were planned to provide first-hand experience of engaging with institutions working for development and education of children. Bal Sahyog is a children's home that provides shelter, care and educational opportunities to neglected, destitute children.

National Bal Bhawan serves as an educational, recreational, cultural and creative resource centre for nurturing the overall development and personality of young children. Students visited the various activity centres within the campus and got acquainted with the ways in which the centre nurtures budding talent and initiates them into building interests in various recreational events.

Film Screening

The department organizes screening of short films and documentaries from time to time to facilitate better understanding among students on issues relevant to the field of Human Development. The films that have been screened for the students covered the following themes: 'Life Before Birth - In the Womb', Newborn Reflexes, Changes at Puberty, Parenting Skills, Development of Emotions and Empathy.

Collaboration with the NGOs/ Student Achievements

Student participation in NGO Activities:

  • UMEED - Isha Sharma, Student of B.A (Prog.) III Year participated in the literacy activities for children and adults in the Laxmi Nagar Slum.
  • CRY - Sanya Maheshwari was an active participant in the workshops on Sanitation, Garbage Management and Healthy Lifestyle. Also participated in the 'Teach India Programme', a collaboration of Times of India and British Council, New Delhi, imparting education to ITI students of Vivek Vihar for a period of hundred days.
  • SAMVEDNA - Gritika Sehgal and Tanishka Kumar conducted activities with mentally challenged children at Samvedna Institute at Shalimar Bagh in December 2016.
  • ZERSEY - Sejal Jain did a summer internship (July- August) with Zersey for a period of one month. This involved content writing.
  • AMAR JYOTI - Four day workshop working with special children.

Women's Day Event

The Department of Human Development and Family Empowerment (HDFE) organized a Two day event - 'School of Life' on 3rd and 4th March 2017, in collaboration with Centre for Advocacy & Research (CFAR) to celebrate International Women's Day.

CFAR is an organization that is committed to working with young people across different spaces. Their School of Life Initiative, a participatory peer learning initiative, endeavors to create a unified response among young people which is rooted in strong learning program. The School of Life Initiative which works to bring together young people from bastis and students' from campus to develop an understanding on various issues such as violence among women, gender equality etc. at a conceptual level though a studied approach. The Department of HDFE organized the following events over two days (3rd & 4th March, 2017) inside the JDMC premises:

  1. Public Art Exhibition
  2. Street Play by Students
  3. Screening of Short Films
  4. Two-day Workshop for Students of HDFE

WDC Events Organized by HDFE Dept