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Women Cell

WOMEN CELL

Women cell is an ongoing project of KSWDC which aims at organizing and transforming young women into a vibrant collective by focusing on their strengths and skills sets and enabling them to realize their true potential. The main objective of a women cell is to make the youth aware of the issues involved in their society and to equip them with adequate management skills to handle day-to-day affairs. Through Women cell, KSWDC has initiated various programs like gender awareness trainings, pre-marital counseling, open forum, cultural programs, manuscript publishing, training in IT/Soft skill, creative workshop, street plays and community intervention programs in the selected women’s colleges in Kerala.

The objectives of the women cell are as follows:-
• To inculcate among the youth a sense of social commitment
• To act as a linking channel between the community women and KSWDC
• To provide training for women so that they become empowered in their younger age thereby making them self-sustainable in the society
• To create a feel of empathy among the youth to their fellow beings
• To explore their innate talents and utilize them to the maximum for the betterment of the society.

List of KSWDC- Women Cell

1 Women’s Polytechnic,North Kalamassery,Ernakulam
2 St.Joseph’s college for Women,Alappuzha
3 St,Xavier’s College for Women, Palace Road,Aluva
4 St.Teresa’s College, Near Govt.Rest House,Ernakulam
5 Morning Star Home Science College,Angamally South,Ernakulam
6 Sacred Heart College for Women,Chalakkudy,Thrissur
7 Dayapuram Arts and Science College for Women,REC,Kozhikode
8 Bishop Kurialacherry College for Women,Amalagiri P O,Kottayam
9 Govt.College for Women,Vazhuthacaud,Thycaud P O
10 LBS Institute of Technology for Women,Poojappura,Trivandrum
11 NSS College for Women,Niramankara,Trivandrum
12 M.E.S.F.G.M Women’s College
13 St.Mary’s Women’s College for Teacher Education, Paliakkara,Thiruvalla
14 Alphonsa College,Arunapuram PO,Palai,Kottayam
15 Mount Zion College of Engineering for Women,Kozhuvalloor P O,Mulakkuzha,Chenganoor
16 Women’s Polytechnic, Nedupuzha PO,Thrissur
17 MountCarmel College of Teacher Education for Women,Muttambalam,Kanjikuzhy,Kottayam
18 Bishop Choolaparambil Memorial College,Kottayam
19 Mar Thoma College for Women,Perumbavoor,Ernakulam
20 Women’s Polytechnic,Kottakkal PO,Valavanoor,Malappuram
21 Assumptions college,changanassery,Kottayam P O
22 All Saints College,Chakai,Trivandrum
23 Vimala College,Ramavarmapuram,Thrissur
24 St.Xavier’s Training College for Women,Thottakattukara P O,Aluva
25 Women’s Polytechnic,Malaparamba,Kozhikode
26 Providence Women’s College,Calicut
27 Unity Women’s College,Narukara PO,Manjeri,Malappuram
28 Ansar Women’s College,Perumpilavu,Thrissur
29 S N College for Women,Kottiyam,Kollam
30 St. Joseph’s College,Irinjalakuda – 680 121,Thrissur Dist
31 Krishnamenon Memorial Govt.Women’s College,Pallikkunnu P O,Kannur
32 Women’s polytechnic College, Kaimanam, Trivandrum
33 Sree Bhudha College of Engineering for Women, Ayathil, Elavumthitta PO,Pathanamthitta
34 St.Joseph’s Training College for Women,Kacherripaddy,Ernakulam
35 KMCT College of Engineering for Women,KallamthodeMukkom,,Kozhikode
36 Residential Women’s Polytechnic College,Muthiyalam,Korome P O,Payyannoor
37 MES Women’s College ,Pattambi -679 306,Palakkad
38 Little Flower College,Guruvayoor
39 St.Mary’s College,Thrissur
40 Womens Polytechnic College,Kottackal,Malappuram

GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR STARTING UP OF WOMEN CELL

a) Scrutiny and Sanction:

(i) KSWDC will call for proposals from each Women’s college KSWDC will scrutinize every project proposal received from Women’s colleges.
(i1) After scrutiny of the project, KSWDC will issue a sanction letter in respect of every approved project.

b) Condition of Grants:

(i) The allocated amount of Rs.25, 000/- will be released in four installments.

c) Monitoring:

KSWDC has the overall responsibility of monitoring of KSWDC’s Women cells in women colleges.

SCHOLARSHIP SCHEME AND OTHER ACTIVITIES

Under this scheme KSWDC will pay fees (up to Rs. 5000/-) for 2 students of each college. The selected students must hold excellent academic records and their annual family income shall not exceed Rs. 100000/-. The scholarship applications should be accompanied by a recommendation letter from Principal mentioning the fees amount, attested copy of their mark list and attested copy of income certificate from village office.

In order to avail the remaining allotted fund the respective women cell should conduct any 4 programmes out of programmes proposed by KSWDC (training and awareness programmes, community service programmes, culturals, open forum, creative workshops etc.) and submit reports on them.

INTERNAL COMPLAINTS CELL

The sexual harassment faced by women at work place is an issue within itself. The sexual harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, came into force on 9th December 2013 and has made it mandatory for every organization and its employer to constitute an Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) for dealing with cases of sexual harassment at work place.

KSWDC in association with CMD (Centre for Management Development) had organized six workshops at Thiruvananthapuram, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Thrissur, Kozhikode and Kannur districts in Kerala for creating awareness on the importance of ICC among various Government, PSU and private organizations for educating them regarding the structure, role and functions of such committees. The awareness drive was initiated keeping in line with the guidelines issued by the Supreme Court of India; to sensitize and promote the importance of ICC across organizations in the State and to induce them to implement ICC in their respective organisations.

After the successful completion of the ICC workshop across Kerala, the corporation provided an official communication regarding the formation of ICC to 1096 organizations across Kerala. Based on the information received from various Govt., PSU and private organizations, we have planned to develop a database of ICC’s set up in the state. At present we have received the details of ICC from 213 organizations across Kerala.
ICC formation details as on 30.03.2015

Sl No District PSU NGO Dept Colleges Pvt Total
1 Trivandrum 26 3 23 1 53
2 Kollam 10 1 1 12
3 Pathanamthitta 7 1 1 9
4 Alappuzha 4 4 8
5 Kottayam 13 7 1 2 2 25
6 Idukki 8 8
7 Ernakulam 10 4 3 14
8 Thrissur  11  3  1  15
9 Palakkad 8  8
10 Malappuram  12  3  15
11 Kozhikode  10  1  1  12
12 Wayanad  13  13
13 Kannur  5  2  7
14 Kasargod  11  11
TOTAL              213

Internal Complaints Committee

INTERNAL COMPLAINTS CELL

The sexual harassment faced by women at work place is an issue within itself. The sexual harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, came into force on 9th December 2013 and has made it mandatory for every organization and its employer to constitute an Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) for dealing with cases of sexual harassment at work place.

KSWDC in association with CMD (Centre for Management Development) had organized six workshops at Thiruvananthapuram, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Thrissur, Kozhikode and Kannur districts in Kerala for creating awareness on the importance of ICC among various Government, PSU and private organizations for educating them regarding the structure, role and functions of such committees. The awareness drive was initiated keeping in line with the guidelines issued by the Supreme Court of India; to sensitize and promote the importance of ICC across organizations in the State and to induce them to implement ICC in their respective organisations.

After the successful completion of the ICC workshop across Kerala, the corporation provided an official communication regarding the formation of ICC to 1096 organizations across Kerala. Based on the information received from various Govt., PSU and private organizations, we have planned to develop a database of ICC’s set up in the state. At present we have received the details of ICC from 213 organizations across Kerala.
ICC formation details as on 30.03.2015

Sl No District PSU NGO Dept Colleges Pvt Total
1 Trivandrum 26 3 23 1 53
2 Kollam 10 1 1 12
3 Pathanamthitta 7 1 1 9
4 Alappuzha 4 4 8
5 Kottayam 13 7 1 2 2 25
6 Idukki 8 8
7 Ernakulam 10 4 3 14
8 Thrissur  11  3  1  15
9 Palakkad 8  8
10 Malappuram  12  3  15
11 Kozhikode  10  1  1  12
12 Wayanad  13  13
13 Kannur  5  2  7
14 Kasargod  11  11
TOTAL              213

Self Defence Workshop

SELF-DEFENCE TRAINING

The papers are replete with incidents on crimes against women and danger seems to be lurking everywhere – in public spaces, at work and even at home. A girl or woman can be attacked at any point of time, be it while travelling in train or at bus stations or anywhere. Moreover it is rarely plausible that every public space would provide a safe environment or that bystanders would intervene when they witness violence being meted out against women. There is a dire need to equip our girls in self-defense techniques to ensure their safety in the society.

In the context of the rising crimes against women self-defense is the way out for women and self-defense starts with the mind. It helps build confidence among young girls and women to protect themselves against attacks & violence. The pressing issue of female safety particularly that of young girls prompted the Kerala State Women’s Development Corporation to initiate a programme to provide “Self-defense training for adolescent girls in Kerala”. Self-defense can be empowering for women through education, independence, the ability to make decisions and the self-realization of physical power.

The pilot phase of this project was executed by conducting self-defense training for 800 girls of 20 Govt. girls’ schools in Trivandrum in the Financial Year 2011-12, in association with Yao Lan Kungfu School, one of the renowned Kungfu schools in India. The overwhelming response received from various quarters prompted the corporation to extend the project’s reach to other schools across the state. So far this training has been imparted to over 2800 adolescent girls from 70 Govt./aided schools across 6 districts of Kerala viz. Kasaragod, Kannur, Kozhikode, Wayanad and Malappuram of Northern Kerala.

The methodized training was provided to a batch of 40 girls from each of the schools through a 14- hour workshop. The self-defense workshop saw the creation of a simulated environment that helped the students’ identify situations of potential danger and exercise the self-defense skills learned. The programme has been recognized as the need of the hour and has been much appreciated by the students, school authorities and parents. The corporation has envisaged the conduct of a passing out parade for the trained students of each district, for distribution of certificates and as a display of strength and pride.

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