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Status of Women in India: Problems and Concerns
Internship Project
(December 2010 - January 2011)

Supported by Heinrich Boll Foundation, Germany

CENTRE FOR STUDY OF SOCIETY AND SECULARISM 602 & 603, New Silver Star, 6th Floor, Behind BEST Bus Depot, Santacruz (E), Mumbai: - 400 055. Ph. 022-26149668, 26102089 Fax 022-26100712 E-mail: csss@mtnl.net.in Website: www.csss-isla.com

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1. INTRODUCTION Keeping in view the nature of activities undertaken by the CSSS, certain NGOs and educational institutions have urged the Centre to impart an intensive training to a select batch of youth/students in peace and conflict resolution aspects. This request has been based on the premise that a mere attendance at a training programme was not enough either to sensitise the youth to the realities or for them to acquire a deeper understanding of the issues, although such routine training programmes imparted knowledge about the need for establishing peace in the society or the status of women in the Indian society and the need to empower them. Agreeing with the request, the Centre has been organising month-long internship programmes to a selected batch of college students and other young social activists each year. Selection of participants

About ten participants are chosen for the internship programme by inviting a list of interested candidates from the NGOs, colleges, and universities. Adopting a multidisciplinary approach, the internees are selected from different faculties like Social work, law, sociology etc. The internees (both boys and girls belonging to Hindu, Muslim and Christian communities) are required to stay together for the duration of the internship programme so as to enable the development of camaraderie among them, irrespective of their language and religion. Staying together for a month, the internees find enough time to discuss among themselves the problems associated with peace and communal harmony in their respective areas and discuss the underlying causes and the futility of people belonging to different religions and languages indulging in conflicts at the cost of development. In the after-hours of the training sessions, they will also get an opportunity to discuss the lectures by the experts. December 2010-January 2011 Internship Programme With support from the HBF, the Centre organised an internship programme from 13 December 2010 to 12 January 2011 at Mumbai. Of the ten internees, 5 were studying for their Master’s Degree in Social Work, 3 were from the Faculty of Law and 2 from the Department of Sociology. The internees were sponsored by the Gandhigram Rural Institute (Deemed University), Dindigul (Tamilnadu) and the SNDT and Mumbai Universities in Mumbai. The internees were put up in the Sarvodaya Hostel of St. Pius Institute at Goregaon, Mumbai for the duration of the programme. The Programme The internship programme included exposure to interactive lectures by experts, library work, group discussions, and documentary films on peace and conflict Status of Women in India: Problems and concerns 2

resolution, and field visit to undertake an empirical study to glean first-hand information. The participants were supplied with a study kit on the topic of the internship programme. The internees heard lectures on the following topics:        Research Methodology Theories of Peace and conflict resolution Women’s rights under the Constitution Concept and problems of women’s empowerment Role of women in conflict resolution Socio-economic status of Muslim women in Maharashtra as compared to those in Karnataka and Tamilnadu Educational background of Muslim women in Maharashtra

Each lecture was followed by a question-answer session to enable the students open up and get their doubts and misgivings clarified by the experts. Further, at the end of each day and after the screening of documentary films, the internees held group discussions to consolidate their opinions. The internees were sent out...
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