Manipal University inaugurates Centre for Women’s Studies2 min read
Manipal: Professor Ravinder Kaur from the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at IIT Delhi explained the need for gender study centres to engage with real time issues during the inauguration of the Centre for Women’s Studies, on August 26 at the Gangubai Hangal Auditorium.
The newly inaugurated department will operate under the governing arm of the Manipal Centre for Philosophy and Humanities (MCPH). Welcoming the audience, MCPH faculty member and one of the organizers of the event, Dr Meera Baidur explained the intention behind opening the Centre, and how it aims towards, not just engaging with real time issues in regards to gender equality but also focusing on women and their engagement with the world around, rediscovering today’s woman in its collective entirety, before handing over the podium to Ravinder Kaur, the chief speaker of the evening.
Ms Kaur recalled setting up the first women research centres in 1975, during the days of emergency. She added how discussing the topic of woman is a crisis in the current times of “Beti padhao, beti bachao”. Shedding light on the various instances of gender violence, she explained how dowry, gang rapes, female feticides, forced surrogate motherhood, acid attacks and other instances of violence are on the rise due to a continuance of hegemonic masculinity, in a country which already has a long history of patriarchy ingrained in it.
This was followed by an interactive session where the audience posed questions to Miss Kaur directly. “I really enjoyed the talk. Her knowledge about the feminist issues provided an interesting perspective to the whole gender issue,” said Miss Vani Ramkumar, a retired Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, KMC who attended the talk along with her husband.