Gender Champions(GATI)


Gender Champions

BITS Pilani has constituted dedicated Gender Champions team in all the three Indian campuses (Pilani, Goa and Hyderabad) under the guidance of Nodal Teachers as per the norms of University Grants Commission (UGC).
Gender Champions are envisaged as responsible leaders to facilitate an enabling environment within the institution where girls are treated with dignity and respect. They strengthen the potential of young girls and boys to advocate for gender equality and monitor progress towards gender justice.
The broad mandate of a Gender Champion is to provide an integrated and interdisciplinary approach to understanding the social and cultural constructions of gender that shape the experiences of women and men in society. The aim is to make the young boys and girls gender sensitive and create positive social norms that value the girls and their rights.


Roles and Responsibilities of Gender Champions

The responsibilities of the Gender Champions will include the following:
  • Provide overall guidance to the peer group in integrating /mainstreaming gender in all activities of the Institution in the form of focused group discussions, debates, poster competitions etc.
  • Engage a variety of stakeholders from the school, college, civil society organizations, women’s groups and media in gender mainstreaming activities.
  • Identify gaps in school/college’s activities vis-à-vis gender, and make recommendations on how to address these gaps, e.g., observe classrooms to detect bias in interactions
  • Promote Gender Champion Club in their educational institutions and undertake innovative activities.
  • Organize awareness programmes on various gender issues including legislations to influence behaviour change. This could be facilitated through workshops, theme based plays, films, painting competition, etc.
  • Organize the annual function or fest on theme of gender equality and women’s empowerment and encourage students to sign up and express their support for gender justice and equality in attractively designed Gender Champion booths.
  • Organize exposure visits to various public service institutions at the village, block, district and city level (public health centres, hospitals, post offices, banks, police stations, block office, SDM/DM office) to facilitate knowledge about gender issues as they affect diverse populations.
  • Popularize phone numbers of such services as police helpline, women helpline, hospitals among students.
  • Arrange for providing necessary life skill education and information/guidance about existing public services to their fellow students.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of important Government schemes, events, legislation, and court rulings which has a major impact on the treatment and experiences of diverse groups.
  • Document best practices to measure the extent of behavior change and display the same through exhibitions, fests, annual magazines etc.
Nodal teachers facilitate the activities of the Gender Champions.
Pilani Campus Gender Champions 2022-23: Click here 
Hyderabad Campus Gender Champions 2022-23 : Click here 
Goa Campus Gender Champions 2022-23 : Click here