Since 1975, issues affecting women, including
concerns of equity and gender parity, have moved from incremental
welfare orientation to participation, democratization, sharing of power
and dismantling of patriarchal mind sets. Earlier, provision of welfare
services for women was considered adequate for making allocations in
the plans of development, and discussions veered around “women and
development”, and “women in development”. Subsequently, questions of
participation, gender development and empowerment began to occupy a
prominent place which challenged patriarchy in its varied forms.
Growing demand for participation and empowerment of women thus
compelled planners and policy makers to re-evaluate national agenda,
policies, laws, programmes and social practices from a gender
development and human rights perspective. The feminist movement and
political mobilization of women also played a major role in sensitizing
establishments to gender concerns in formulating policies, allocating
resources, and implementing programmes.
The Government of National Capital Territory of
Delhi, in addition to its various welfare programmes for women, took an
innovative step for gender development through its Bhagidari
(Partnership) initiative. As part of the Bhagidari between the
Government and civil society organizations, Stree-Shakti camps have
been organized, and gender resource centres (GRCs) have been
Added to these initiatives is also the creation of
a Chair on Gender Studies at the Institute for
Resource Management and Economic Development, Delhi with effect from
July 23 2007. This Chair is expected to “evaluate the schemes of social
welfare with special reference to women’s empowerment” so that the
effects of state-sponsored programmes are known and corrective actions,
if any, are taken to ensure intended outcomes. For this purpose, the
Chair takes up studies and carries out surveys, holds
seminars/workshops/focus group discussions and interacts with policy
makers, administrators, autonomous bodies local women leaders, NGOs and
civil society institutions.
In consultation with the Department of Social Welfare, the Chair
has worked out its research priorities for the first phase as follows:
(1) Evaluation of Stree-Shakti and GRCs and (2) Gender-based Analysis
of Budgets. The Chair completed the evaluation of Stree-Shakti Camps and
GRCs and submitted the final report in May 2008. Thereafter based on
the priority as decided by the Department of Women and Child
Development in consultation with the Chair, six departments of
Government of NCT of Delhi, namely, Education, Labour and Employment,
Women and Child Development, Social Welfare, SC/ST/OBC and Health were
selected for undertaking Gender Budget Analysis. The Chair completed
the Gender Budget Analysis and submitted the reports for Education
Department in February, 2009, for Labour and Employment Department in
April 2009 and for Women and Child Development Department in August,
2009. Similar reports for the three other departments of Government of
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The team of the Chair is interdisciplinary and it is being
assisted by an Advisory Committee, consisting of academicians and a
representative of the Directorate of Women and Child Development of the
Government of NCT of Delhi for effective coordination of its work.
Prof. R.R. Singh has been functioning as the Chair while Shri K.K.
Singh is working as Senior Fellow. They are assisted by a team of
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Any assistance to the Chair in terms of ideas, source materials,
reports etc. to complete its tasks would be duly acknowledged.