CGS

Centre of Gender Studies (CGS)





About the Cell/Centre

The Centre for Gender Studies, Symbiosis Law School, Hyderabad was established to provide students with an opportunity to liberate their thoughts, act as a platform to voice their opinions, sharpen their oratory skills, and to create an environment to celebrate, discuss and promote gender studies among students. The center aims at creating an intellectual locus for gender focused research, teaching and academic debates related to gender equality. The center also organized and coordinated gender debates of both national and international interests as well as linking up with national and international gender affiliate people, institutions and organizations in order to strengthen the capacity of students and researchers to respond to the gender related challenges in development issue.





Aims / Objectives of the Cell/Centre:

    The issue of gender has been a matter of discussion and deliberation, both at the international and national levels from a long time. With the increased participation of women in the economic, social, political and religious spheres of life, the instances of gender discrimination and crimes against women in India have increased multi-fold.

    The following are the key objectives of the Centre For Gender Studies-

  • To make the students sensitive about how gender plays a key role in the way women and men participate in social, political, economic and cultural institutions and activities.

  • To enable them to analyze the policies, constitutional provisions, and programmes relating to gender issues in India.

  • To develop an understanding of the structures that perpetuates gender inequalities at the level of the household, the community, the workplace, and the State.

  • Encourage Gender debates in academic circles.


Official Email-Id : Cgs@slsh.edu.in



Our team for the Academic Year 2021-22:

S.No

NAME

BATCH

CENTRE FOR GENDER STUDIES

OFFICIAL EMAIL

1

Ms. Surbhi Meshram

-

Faculty-In-Charge

surbhi.meshram@slsh.edu.in

2

Chakka Sushanth

2018-2023

President

Chakka_sushanth@student.slsh.edu.in

3

Metlapalli Supraja

2019-2024

Vice-President

metlapalli.supraja@student.slsh.edu.in

4

Varda Prasad

2017-2022

Member

varda.prasad@student.slsh.edu.in

5

Sanjana Srivastava

2017-2022

Member

sanjana.shrivastava@student.slsh.edu.in

6

Ashi Pahariya

2017-2022

Member

ashi.pahariya@student.slsh.edu.in

7

Adyasha Das

2018-2023

Member

adyasha_das@student.slsh.edu.in

8

Divya Makanaboina

2018-2023

Member

divya_sri_raga_suma_makanaboina@student.slsh.edu.in

9

Akhila Suresh

2019-2024

Member

akhila.suresh@student.slsh.edu.in

10

Natcharaju Madhuvani

2019-2024

Member

natcharaju.madhuvani@student.slsh.edu.in

11

Ananya Bhatnagar

2019-2024

Member

ananya.bhatnagar@student.slsh.edu.in

12

Nakshatra Prasad

2020-2025

Member

nakshatra.prasad@student.slsh.edu.in

13

M. Aishwarya Vahini

2020-2025

Member

m.aishwarya@student.slsh.edu.in

14

Simran Shadija

2020-2025

Member

simran.shadija@student.slsh.edu.in

15

Ishika Mundhra

2020-2025

Member

ishika.mundhra@student.slsh.edu.in

16

Gowtham S S

2020-2025

Member

gowtham.s@student.slsh.edu.in

17

Gurmehar Randhawa

2020-2025

Member

gurmehar.randhawa@student.slsh.edu.in

18

Koiyur Keerthana

2021-2026

Member

koiyur.keerthana@student.slsh.edu.in

19

Prakruthi S

2021-2026

Member

21010323093@student.slsh.edu.in

20

Aman Srivastava

2021-2026

Member

21010323011@student.slsh.edu.in

21

Sreeja Banerjee

2021-2026

Member

21010323127@student.slsh.edu.in

22

Shreshtha Singh

2021-2026

Member

21010324137@student.slsh.edu.in




ACTIVITIES CONDUCTED BY THE CENTRE:

  1. Organised a National Seminar (September 17th, 2021) on “Between the Layers: Articulating Gender Gaps in the Legal Fraternity.” This seminar was addressed by the India’s first Transman Advocate, Mx. Ankan Biswas; this seminar has enlightened the students to acknowledge the gender gap present in the legal fraternity. The speaker also highlighted the landmark decision of Navtej Singh Johar v. Union of India, where the Supreme Court of India decriminalised consensual homosexual intercourse by striking Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code and excluding consensual homosexual sex between adults from its ambit; along with the same the speaker also talked about the only little change or negligiable change even after this landmark judgment.



    Mr. Akan Biswa talking about the gender gaps in the legal fraternity at the National Seminar.



  2. Organised a Workshop (September 29th, 2021) on the Gender Sensitization for the newly enrolled B.A LL.B and B.B.A LL.B students. This event was graced by Ms. Swetha Luthra, Legal Consultant from the SASHA Organization; Dr. Nuzhat Parveen Khan, Dean at the School of Law, Bennet University; Mx. Harish Iyer, a LGBTQ Motivational Speaker. They emphazied about the importance of gender sensitization to our listeners; along with the same they have enlighten the concepts of Gender and Sex, the different types of gender, sexual orientations and the gender discrimination faced by transgender people and women in their professional, social and personal life. Through this workshop the participants were able to understand the necessity of gender sensitization of the society after listening to the experiences and stories of the speakers. The speakers made the attendees aware about the problems and stigmas that still exist in the society to sensitize them as well as told them the ways in thich they could combat such problems.



    Speakers enlightening the students about the Gender Sensitization during the workshop.



  3. Organised a Legal Awareness Webinar (December 17th, 2021) on Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013. The Speaker has introduced the POSH - Prevention of Sexual Harassment by the government as after industrialisation and urbanisation, gender norms changed drastically, and women weren’t only limited to domestic work. She explained how women began to pursue their interests and developed necessary skills. The Speaker has also highlighted about the #MeToo Movement and how women, after a long time, came together and spoke about the wrongs they’ve been through and how they have been blamed and punished for no fault of theirs. She also explained how as girls grow up, they drop out of school, and the male child of the house is given preference over the female child and how awareness is the key to disseminating this unfairness; along with all these the Speaker also talked about International Conventions and Human Rights provisions.



    Speakers enlightening the students about the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 during the Awareness Programme.



  4. Organised a Write-Up event Competition (February 20th, 2022) on “Culture and Sex-Role Stereotypes in Advertisements.” The emphasis on sex-role depiction and sexuality in advertising has lately increased and hence the topic has a prime relevance in the present society. Each write-up had different notions and perspectives on the topic which propounds the variety of mindsets among students. One of the write-ups brought up the concept of the domestic portrayal of women in advertising and how women are showcased as the inferior gender. One of the other perspectives brought up was how advertisements sexualize and body shame and promote diet-culture. Through this competition, participants and the students of the college were able to comprehend the sex role stereotypes in advertising and inculcate the mindset of the Indian society and how there is a need for equality in every aspect of life. Advertisements are the modern era of spreading information to the world and hence it has the power to change the minds of large number of people easily. Conducting literary competitions on important subjects this are one of the ways to spread awareness among the people of the effect advertisements have on everyday life.



    A Write-Up submitted by Ms. Ananya Bhatnagar from the 2019-2024 batch.



  5. Organised a Storytelling Workshop (March 8th, 2022) “Wonder Women” on the eve of International Women's Day. A storytelling workshop conducted to provide a chance to each and everyone to share their experiences. Storytelling Workshops encourage growth and creative experimentation in a safe setting, imparting confidence and facilitating connections among people. The event invited all the students of SLSH to come forward and put forth their stories/incidents/narratives. The idea behind the workshop is, “No matter what story you’ve sad, happy, inspiring, you’ll always be a Wonder Woman.”



    Students who actively participated and shared their stories in the Open Mic event on the eve of International Women's Day (March 8th, 2022).