To address the gender gap in research design and practice, a three-day workshop was organised at MS Swaminathan Research Foundation from June 28 to 30, 2018 for select young research scholars working in the social sciences and humanities disciplines.
Conducted jointly by MSSRF and Dept of Criminology, University of Madras, with financial and technical support from Commonwealth of Learning, the workshop saw participants from various State and private universities from across Tamil Nadu. More than 70% of the participants were women, representing diverse social science disciplines.
The workshop focussed on gender concepts, why and how gender is a non-negotiable theme in the research programme, tools and techniques to carry out qualitative and quantitative research, gender analysis and how to achieve gendered results and so on. The programme adopted mixed methods using audio visual material.
Women community leaders who are active in the field and are role models who achieved gender equity in real-life situations shared the lessons they learnt, challenges they faced and anecdotes of their experiences.
The workshop achieved three key results: i) It trained 32 research scholars (70% of them women) currently working on gender concepts and gender integration for their doctoral degree, (ii) Enhanced their understanding and created an awarenes on using concepts related to gender and development in their research and iii) Facilitated the formation of an online community for continuous learning and sharing among the research scholars. Efforts have been taken to form and faciliate a virtual Community of Practice Forum to strengthen the learning on gender perspectives in social science disciplines.