Introduction to the Association

The Indian Association for Women’s Studies (IAWS) aims to further women’s studies perspectives in different disciplines and contribute to strengthening the movement for women’s equality through networking, conferences, and collaboration with institutions/agencies working for similar objectives. A Silver Jubilee Conference and other events commemorated the completion of 25 years of IAWS in 2007.

IAWS provides a forum for interaction among individuals and institutions engaged in teaching, research or action. Members include academics, researchers, activists, social worker, media persons and others, women and men. Students are encouraged to join, as also members from the South Asian region and ‘Friends of the Association’ from other nations.

IAWS is governed by its Constitution and registered under the Registrar of Societies, New Delhi (Ni.S/12936). It has been supported by various national and international organizations and is voluntarily managed by an elected Executive Committee. The General Body meets once in three years at the time of the National Conference.

Supporting Organisations

Over the years, IAWS has benefited from the facilities made available by the many organizations/institutions with which its office bearers have been associated. Since 2000, these include the Centre for Women’s Development Studies, New Delhi; SNDT University Mumbai; Madras institute of Development Studies, Chennai; Tata Institute for Social Sciences, Mumbai; Asmita, Hyderabad; Utkal University, Bhubaneswar, and the Women’s Studies Centre, University of Goa, School of Women’s Studies, Jadavpur University, Kolkata.

IAWS has also received funding support for its activities and conferences from a range of national and international sources. Currently, it has a maintenance grant for 2008-11 from the Ford Foundation. The Silver Jubilee XII National Conference was also supported by the following institutions:
• the National University for Public Education and Administration (NUEPA), New Delhi
• Hivos – Humanist Institute for Cooperation with Developing Countries, Netherlands
• the International Development Research Centre, Canada
• the Ratan Tata Trust, Mumbai