The Department of Tamil, Annai Veilankanni's Women's College, Saidapet, organised a one-day national conference on “Feminism in Literature” recently. Tamil author and lyricist Pa. Vijay inaugurated the conference, and shared his views on feminism. Mr. Vijay said, “There is a lack of women writers. Of 100 writers, only two are women. We need more women writers. As a society, we have ignored the interests of women.”

“The society looks at women as a mere object of beauty. In advertisements women are portrayed in a negative light. In ancient Tamil literature, women were portrayed as slaves. The genetic literature continues that tradition even today. This literature should change. To bring about a change, the society needs more women writers,” he added. The Tamil author and poet expressed concern over the portrayal of women characters in negative stereotypes in Tamil serials and advised the students to learn self-defence, which will enhance their confidence.

Earlier, he released two editions of a book titled ‘Feminism in Literature’ (Tamil). The book contains research articles on feminism in literature by scholars and intellectuals in the field of Tamil.

The first edition of the book was received by S. Devaraj, founder of the college, and the second edition was received by S. Dev Anand, the college secretary. Professor P. D. Rani Prakash, Head, Tamil Department, Annai Veilankanni's Women’s College, said women continue to experience violation of their human rights. Women are making important contribution in all spheres of life, and should assert their rights.

It is happy to note that the first edition of the conference received more than 150 research articles on ‘Feminism in Literature, while the second edition has received more than 200 articles, she added.

The post-lunch session was chaired by S. Thirumagan, Syndicate Member, University of Madras.

He delivered a speech on ‘Evolution of Feminism in Tamil Literature.’

The valediction was presided over by S. Devaraj. He distributed cash awards and certificates to the best research articles of the delegates.

Earlier, he welcomed the gathering and inaugurated the conference.