Centre for Women and the Law

Activities
The CWL was set up at the very inception of the Law School in 1988.  The CWL endeavours to look at law and the legal process from the perspective of gender justice and administer programmes directed towards equal justice for women in Indian Society.

In association with social activists and women’s organisations, CWL undertakes various training programmes focussing on legal literacy fro women, social auditing of welfare legislations affecting women, legal aid and assistance.

Being a research and service unit of the NLSIU, CWL acts as a Coordination Centre and research support agency for women’s organisations in general and official bodies concerned with implementation of law affecting women. The Centre is supported by grants from governmental and non-governmental sources.

Among the programmes organised by the Centre during the past years are legal literacy course for women, development of an action plan for implementation of the recommendations of the National Committee on Custodial Justice for Women Prisoners, the PCPNDT Act, research work on Domestic Violence and also Trafficking of Women & Children. The centre has also been actively involved in the implementation of the Sexual Harassment (Prevention) Policy at the NLSIU.

An annual journal, The Gender Justice Reporter, is brought out by the CWL to provide information on the development of law through judicial decisions and statutes for those agencies working on women’s issues and for the empowerment of women.  A Continuing book series on Gender, Human Rights and Law is a new initiative which the centre has recently undertaken.

A book “Social Exclusion and Rights of Persons with Disability” edited by Dr Sarasu Esther Thomas and Dr. Nimushakavi Vasanthi was released by the Centre for Women and the Law in memory of Rahul Cherian, alumnus and disability rights activist on 3rd December 2013, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

The Centre Coordinator :

Dr. Sarasu Esther Thomas
Associate Professor, NLSIU
Tel No. : 080-23160530
Email : cwl@nls.ac.in

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