Learning Centers

Centre for Gender and Diversity

Centre for Gender and Diversity (CGD) is an interdisciplinary training and research unit of the Visthar Institute of Development Studies. The objective is to contribute to knowledge and skill development on gender, diversity and intersectionality through interdisciplinary education and research. CGD has its origins in the processes towards Fourth World Conference of Women in Beijing, 1995. Taking forward the concept of gender mainstreaming and the momentum of the conference, Visthar launched a series of sensitization and capacity building workshops for a wide range of constituencies.
CGD is committed to mainstreaming gender and diversity in Asian and African contexts. The Centre provides a platform for researchers and practitioners working in the field, and also for undergraduate and postgraduate students from a range of disciplines.

The core tenets of the Centre are inclusivity and interdisciplinarity. We believe that perspective formation and skills development are crucial for eliminating discrimination against women and other marginalized sections in all institutions including household, workplace and the political arena. CGD aims to be a hub connecting gender specialists within the academic circles as well as field based organizations and collectives.

A month-long certification course on Gender, Diversity and Social Transformation

An annual program, currently in its 12th year, the course has attracted participants from over 15 countries representing Civil Society Organizations, Human Rights Commissions, Educational Institutions, Faith Based Organizations, Government Departments and Social Movements. The course is accredited by Xavier Institute of Social Service (XISS) Ranchi, a premier institute for the study of social sciences in India.

Multi-disciplinary collaborative research on gender-based violence

Currently participating and contributing in a 5 state action research on Shelter Homes for Female Survivors of Violence in India.


The centre has five publications to its credit including one on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Gender Equality.

Public Campaigns

Women’s Day celebrations and global campaigns such as ‘16 days activism against gender based violence’ in collaboration with Civil Society and Women’s Organizations in the country.

Consulting services

CDG offers Consultancy in gender planning, monitoring and evaluation for Government and Non-Government Organisations in India and overseas. Some of our recent assignments include gender sensitization of Kudumbasree state government (Kerala) organization and capacity building for mainstreaming gender in media with Gender and Media Connect in Zimbabwe.

Department Contact Info

Centre for Gender and Diversity

Ms. Mercy Kappen



Mon – Fri 9:00A.M. – 5:00P.M.