The Indian Association for Women's Studies (IAWS) is a professional body, registered under the Societies' Registration Act. It has a membership of more than 2000, drawn from a diverse community of academics, researchers, students, policy analysts, activists, social workers, media persons and others. IAWS also has institutional members. In 2022 IAWS shall complete 40 years of its existence.Read more
Housed at the Research Centre for Women’s Studies (RCWS), SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai, since 2007, the IAWS Archives is a rich Storehouse of newsletters, unpublished reports, letters of the various secretariats, records of EC meetings, and other material which have been perused and catalogued in a detailed manner for use. Subsequently, it has also been partially digitized. A portion of the maintenance grant from the Ford Foundation has been earmarked for developing and digitizing the IAWS archive. The archive is active and functional from September 2009.
IAWS conferences attempt to balance structured intellectual discussions with cultural events and exhibits that foreground other ways of knowing through film screenings, exhibitions, drama, music and craft. IAWS is also establishing a comprehensive archive, consisting of both material and digital documents. The material archive has been inaugurated at the Research Centre for Women’s Studies at SNDT Women’s University in Mumbai. The IAWS has compiled many of its material in a CD that includes all the newsletters (many of which are only available as single copies) and some 20 publications most of which are out of print (see the listing in the December 2007 Newsletter). It also includes Conference brochures, Presidential addresses, Reports to the General Body and other such documents from the First National Conference, 1981, onwards.Read more