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In charge/ Director: Dr. Sanjukta Chatterjee

The Centre for Women’s Studies of Raiganj University has aided the efforts of this institution to reach out to the issues related to gender that plague this region. It intends to contribute towards the empowerment of women by addressing their region-specific needs. This endeavour on the part of Raiganj University ensures a platform for gender interventions in the area keeping in mind its socio-economic realities. It envisages to promote the UN Sustainable Development Goal of Promoting Equality and Empowerment of Women and to uplift the status of women, not only in Uttar Dinajpur but also in the adjoining districts. It is the only Centre of its kind in a radius of approximately 200 kilometres and is strategically of immense importance as the region has international borders in its proximity that calls for socio-cultural awareness for the under-privileged women who stand the threat of multiple bio-political violations of their constitutional rights.

The Centre’s mission is to build a curriculum with the goal of addressing the local and global issues related to the development of women, to conduct courses and workshops to inculcate skills in women thereby equipping them to be economically independent, to generate awareness about their rights to health, education, property and other socio-political issues and to instil leadership qualities in them. To attain this end the Centre works closely with local NGOs and the State Women’s Commission.

PROGRAMMES CONDUCTED BY THE CENTRE
Year Seminar/Workshop/Other Resource Person/s Topic
02/03/2018 Lecture at The Department of English. Sanjukta Chatterjee, Coordinator, Centre for Women’s studies, Raiganj University. “What is Gender?”
03/04/2018 Workshop at P.R.D.Hall, Raiganj University. Irene Graham, Ex-City Council, Glasgow, Scotland and Social worker. “Mind-Mapping” & “Violence against women”.
19/02/2019 Celebration of World Photography Day (Exhibition And Workshop on Photography) at MBA Classroom, Raiganj University. Jointly organized with Raiganj School of Photography. Sri SubhashishDutta, EFIAP, FFIP, IIPC (Bronze), Principal, Raiganj School of Photography SmtReema Mukherjee EFIAP, FFIP, Course Director, Raiganj School of Photography. The Art of Photography- Its Relevance.
20/05/2019 Workshop at P.R.D.Hall, Raiganj University Prof. Sanchari Roy Mukherjee, Dean, Faculty of Arts, Commerce and Law, University of North Bengal and Former Director, Centre For Women’s studies, University of North Bengal “Gender Sensitization And Sexual Harassment at Workplace Act.”
30/05/2019 Lecture at VC conference Room. Prof Nandana Datta, Department of English, Gauhati University “Performing Gender Identity in North East India.”