GUWAHATI, Dec 1 - In a two-day workshop on the topic �Status of Women�s Studies in Northeast India� held at the Tezpur University recently, there was a near consensus among the participants that the much-glorified idea of gender equity in Northeast India is rather a myth. The workshop was jointly organised by the Omeo Kumar Das Institute of Social Change and Development (OKDISCD), Guwahati and the Chandraprabha Saikiani Centre for Women�s Studies, Tezpur University. This was stated in a press release.
The participants of the workshop, who included scholars, activists and representatives of State women commissions of different Northeastern States, viewed that there is a need to dispel the above myth with academic vigour. They also highlighted the need for the coalescence of activism, scholarship and bureaucratic intervention to deal with the women�s issues concerning this region.
They laid stress also on the need for interventions to be made by the women commissions and other civil society organisations to deal more effectively with the issues concerning women.
The participants of the event agreed that the issues and problems of women of this region needed to be considered within the specific context and historical perspective of the region. The participants also discussed the institutionalisation of women�s studies as a discipline and the new vistas it opens to discuss women�s issues in a multidimensional framework.
Earlier, Vice Chancellor of Tezpur University, Prof Mihir Kanti Chaudhuri welcomed the gathering and Prof Indrani Mazumdar, Centre for Women�s Development Studies, Delhi delivered the inaugural lecture, while OKDISCD Director emphasised on identifying research priorities and areas for the newly-established centres for women�s studies in this region. He was highlighting the objectives of the workshop.
The workshop ended with the formation of a steering committee in the line of Indian Association for Women�s Studies with the OKDISCD as the nodal agency for future coordination.