Gender sensitization is the process of transforming men and women's stereotype mentality, a mind-set that strongly believes men and women are unequal creatures that must operate in separate socioeconomic spaces.
It aims to educate people on the differences between sex and gender, how gender is socially produced, and gender stereotypes. It assists them in determining which gender stereotypes are true and which are false. The goal of gender sensitization is to raise awareness of the relevance of gender sensitivity in the workplace among working professionals. Individuals who are not sensitive to the requirements of one gender may be unable to comprehend the needs of the other.
Gender is a socially learned behaviour based on male and female social expectations. Women and children are the most vulnerable members of society under this situation. And it's the unreasonable pressure placed on boys and girls to conform to established masculinity and femininity stereotypes. Girls are subjected to unjustified social control, discrimination, and dominance. Emotional, kind, and scared boys are discouraged. Gender Sensitization provides a clear and exact vision of gender, assisting in the understanding that GENDER is not about Women', but rather 'People'.
Gender sensitization is a need that has been felt and recognised by everyone at Hansraj College and actively promoted through several committees and cells. We aim at delivering Gender sensitization to the community as part of the grass-roots gender intervention.
“Hansraj College is committed to the cause of gender equity. The curricular initiatives undertaken for the purpose include the decision to offer such GE and SEC papers that mainstream ideas of gender studies and equip students from science and commerce streams, in addition to those of humanities courses, to become informed consumers as well as ethical participants in popular cultural discourses.
SEC paper Applied Gender Studies: Media Literacies and GE paper titled Contemporary India: Women and Empowerment offered by the Department of English examine the intersections of gender with other categories like caste, race, etc., to understand how different forms of privilege/oppression and resistance/subversion interact in heterogeneous and variable formations.
Further, the core paper on Women’s Writing offered to students pursuing BA (H) in English, enables them to understand the social construction of women by patriarchy, highlights the structural oppression of women, foregrounds resistance by women; discusses women’s writing as an act of resistance and of grasping agency.
The academic efforts in the direction of gender parity are supplemented by co-curricular activities of the Women Development Cell and the Gender Equality Cell that regularly hold discussions, talks, seminars, film screenings and capacity-building programmes in the college.