- Portrayal of women in films/television
- Portrayal of women in advertising
- Women, media and its repercussions on society
- Censorship or self regulation?
- Valedictory addresses and wrap up session.
Eight State Women Commissions across the country participated in this National Consultation, from Kerala, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, etc. Eminent film critics/producers, artists from films/TV, public & private broadcasters, journalists, doctors, lawyers, advertising councils, police officials, and NGOs etc. also participated in the deliberation.
The interaction was divided into 3 sessions, as follows:
- Gender Based Violence (Safety, Security, and Role of Police) & Acts (DV, IPC, 498A, Criminal Amendment Act of 2013).
- Declining Sex Ratio: Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PCPNDT) Act of 2003.
- The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition, and Redressal) Act of 2013 (SHW Act).
Organized a Conference on “Legal Awareness Amongst women”. The conference was held at the historic Mathurdas Visssanji Hall at Gowalia Tank near August Kranti Maidan. The Conference was inaugurated by Smt. Renukaji Choudhary, then H’ble Minister Women & Child Welfare, Government of India.
The conference was supported by the National Commission for Women. Over 1,500 Mahilas from in around Mumbai attended the conference, listened to eminent speakers like Smt. Rita Bahuguna Joshiji, Smt. Rajnitai Patil, Smt. Thesta Setalvad, Smt. Sharada Sathe, amongst others.
On the occasion, a book on “Legal Awareness amongst Women – Series 1”, penned by me was also released by Smt. Renukaji Choudhary. The book is published in 4 languages – Hindi, English, Marathi and Urdu and is distributed free of charge at Stree Shakti Kendra.
In November, 2010, on the 25th anniversary of PDP, a 10km Environmental Awareness Run was organised, with over than 2,500 people participating.
To recognise their services, and to pay homage to our martyrs, the Stri Shakti Kendra took up an initiative to send ‘Freedom Rakhis’ to the brave jawans by launching the website www.rakhis4jawans.com. Within 24 hours, the website received more than 10,000 hits. A team of women, led by Susieben Shah, from Mumbai visited Kargil in the August of 2009 on the occasion of raksha bandhan, and personally tied the rakhis on the wrists of the jawans.
- Various women-friendly provisions of the Indian Penal Code
- Rights under the Domestic Violence Protection Act
- Implementation of the PC-PNDT Act (to stop female feticide)
- Information on the RTI Act
- Provisions for divorce, maintenance, and women’s rights in general
Eminent female lawyers and activists addressed the workshop.
The matter was taken up sincerely with Thane’s collector, Mr. Zende, and within the record period of one month a total of 400 adivasi women were able to claim their benefits under the abovementioned schemes.
- Anand Nagar – Bandra (East),
- Gavdevi – Vakola, Pipe Line Road, Andheri (East), and
- Tulsiwadi – Tardeo, Haji Ali.