Women’s Studies Centre

The Women’s Studies Centre, Holy Cross College, was established on 20th December 2010. The Centre has been approved under the XI plan of the University Grants Commission. The Centre aims to work for the downtrodden women and girl children who face challenges in their daily life in our patriarchal society. We need to understand that women have always been the cornerstones to any success and it is with this conviction that the Centre functions with special focus on areas such as Teaching and Training, Research, Field Action, Advocacy, Documentation, Networking and Coordination with governmental and voluntary organizations.


We are committed to build a gender-just humane society and make a difference in the lives of women.


Our mission consists of knowledge creation and dissemination, capacity building and women leadership development, policy development, networking and coordination.


  • Knowledge Creation and Dissemination: Through research and collaborative learning we analyze the socio-economic, cultural and political, ideological and environmental factors that affect the lives and well-being of women. We create new pedagogical methods and alternative systems of knowledge that will enhance the place of women in all Social Institutions.
  • Capacity Building and Women Leadership Development: With a view to increase the confidence level of women, to create a climate of solidarity and to foster women leaders at all levels, various awareness and capacity building programmes such as conferences, workshops, seminars, and training programmes are organized.
  • Policy Advocacy: We work towards a sustainable development of women through active public campaigns and policy change at local and national levels.
  • Networking and Coordination: We network with government agencies, national and international NGOs, women movements and academic institutions to further the cause of women empowerment.

Recent Activities Conducted in 2015

UGC sponsored National Conference on Exploring Gender Issues in Multi Dimensional Approaches” (Inter-Disciplinary Relevance)

UGC sponsored one-day national conference on “Exploring Gender Issues in Multi-Dimensional Approaches (Inter Disciplinary Relevance)” was conducted by Women’s Studies Centre of Holy Cross College, Tiruchirappalli in collaboration with Department of Women’s Studies, Bharathidasan University on 6th February 2015 at Holy Cross College. A book entitled “Exploring Gender Issues in Multi – Dimensional Approach (Inter – Disciplinary Relevance)”, consisting of 50 papers (Languages:

Tamil, English, Hindi & Sanskrit) was released. The papers presented in the conference aimed at exploring the stereotypical notions of society towards women.

National Nutrition Week Celebration

Women’s Studies Centre and National Service Scheme jointly conducted various activities and competitions for different target groups to observe the National Nutrition Week from 1st September to 7th September 2015.  The activities were presentation of badges on Gender Equality in Nutrition, Rangoli Competition on Maternal Health, Poster Exhibition on Nutrition and Women’s Food, Drawing Competition on Gender Sensitive Issues in Nutrition, 3Cs (Cooking, Cleaning, Caring) Competition, Essay Writing Competition on Ways to Promote Gender Equality in Women’s Health and  Connection Competition on Nutrition.   On 7th September 2015 following a speech on “Women and Health” the prize distribution for the winners was held.

Contact Person

The Director

Women’s Studies Centre

Holy Cross College (Autonomous)

Tiruchirappalli – 620 002

Tamil Nadu