The College Women Development Cell organised the following programmes in 2019-20:
• According to the mandate issued by the University of Mumbai, three-day self-defence workshops were organised twice during the academic year. The first workshop was held from September 16 to 18, 2019, and the second advanced workshop was held from January 6 to 8, 2020. The resource person for both was Mr. Nrupal Gharat, founder of Gharat Academy, Malad, and Coordinator, Boxing Federation of India.
• In the first session there were 83 girl participants. There were practice sessions in practical self-defence and interactions with the resource person where participants spoke about their experiences. Mr. Gharat gave them tips on how to tackle such situations.
• In the second advanced self-defence workshop, there were 210 girl participants, both first timers and those who had participated in the first workshop. As in the first workshop, Mr. Gharat gave the Students practical tips on how to beware of impending attack and how to safeguard oneself physically in case of such attacks. In the second advanced self-defence workshop, Mr. Gharat also taught participants how to prepare pepper-spray at home.
As related activities, a poster-exhibition on the theme of self-defence and an awareness drive were organised. Sixty girl students participated in the poster exhibition, and three best entries were awarded prizes and three were given consolation prizes.
On January 8, 2020, as an attempt to raise awareness about the importance of self-defence, a march was organised within the College in which the College Principal, Vice-Principals, WDC members and Students joined, raising the slogan “Surakshit Naari Saksham Naari”. Inspired by this, the Mithanagar Municipal School in Goregaon held a similar event to raise awareness at which Mr. Subash Desai, Honourable Minister of Maharashtra was the Chief Guest.
• On March 9, 2020, to mark the International Women’s Day, the WDC organised a quiz on the origin and growth of the Women’s Rights Movement in the global and Indian contexts. Nearly 60 girls participated in the quiz, and those who answered the maximum questions were awarded prizes. This activity was in keeping with the University WDC mandate.
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