Indian Women's Press Corps

A Brief History of Time...

In the autumn of 1994, a group of eighteen women journalists--The Enlightened Eighteen­--decided to start a club, for women, by women and of women, putting democracy to the ultimate gender test. Thus was formed the Indian Women's Press Corps (IWPC), the first and only club for women journalists so far in the country.

Today, the IWPC's membership, full-time and freelance, has crossed the magic number of 500. Perhaps it’s a commentary of our times that women journalists in the print and electronic media and even the internet, across all Indian languages, including English, have increasingly become a force to reckon with in the national calendar.

Some things, however, have remained unchanged. Like the name, 5, Windsor Place, harking back to the days of the Raj. Inside this Lutyens-era bungalow and outside, in the lawns adjacent to the only palm tree of its kind in the city, between home and our work spaces, the IWPC has remained a place to meet old friends, strike up debates with new ones, sip endless cups of chai and home-made ginger ale, share knowledge, enhance skills and generally have lots of fun together!

Some say we have the best possible address in the entire capital. We entirely agree. Before the house was allotted to us by the P.V. Narasimha Rao government in 1994, it was a dump for the Public Works Department. IWPC members, hot and happening, have since made all the difference.

Over the years, the best and the brightest have come to the IWPC, in off-the-record briefings and public press conferences. Our Annual Fund-Raiser in October-November is a major event, often attracting the who's who of the country and abroad. The idea is to build local, national and global partnerships, in politics, business, culture, the social sector. The bottom line: There is no story that is too small for IWPC members. 

Among the many distinguished people who have addressed us:

Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh
Former Prime Minister A. B. Vajpayee
Former Prime Minister V. P. Singh
President Pratibha Devisinh Patil
Former President K. R. Narayanan
Former President A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
Former External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee
Former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram
Former Information and Broadcasting Minister Sushma Swaraj
Cricketer Rahul Dravid
National Conference leader Omar Abdullah
Freedom fighter Captain Laxmi Sehgal
Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit
Former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu
Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar
Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee
Former Human Resources Development Minister Arjun Singh 
Nobel Laureates Shrin Ebadi and Mohammad Yunus
Pioneering Feminist Gloria Steinem

The IWPC has raised money and provided relief material and medicines for several worthy causes, including the Orissa cyclone in 2000, the Gujarat earthquake in 2002, the Kashmir earthquake in 2005, as well as those journalists who were victims to the December 13, 2001 attack in Parliament. We have also organised a summer camp for orphans caught in the crossfire of terrorism in Kashmir.
  
The IWPC is open from 10am to 8pm, Monday to Saturday, for all members. The Lunch Room is the talk of town, offering a variety of cuisines from across India, through the week. Food Festivals are also par for the course through the year, at least once a month.   

The IWPC Library & Reading Room occupies pride of place on our premises. We subscribe to all the major daily newspapers and magazines in India and abroad. A special corner in the Library is devoted to books written by IWPC members. And we also lending facilities for films. 

Between home and work, IWPC members have often been determined to get behind the story. In recent years, a major report called, Between Bylines, has been brought out, consisting of a variety of articles by members on the world around us. A special report on the plight of Sikh widows from the 1984 riots in Delhi has also been brought out while Exposures documents the best news photographs of 2003.  

Our other eclectic activities include an annual summer camp for children of journalists and friends, a Diwali Mela and a Christmas Mela. In the winter, the IWPC is also the place to sharpen your killer instinct, at the table tennis and badminton tournament for journalists, both female and male. And if you have a way with words, we suggest you participate in the scrabble tournament that is such a huge draw!
  
The IWPC Annual Fund-Raiser, usually a concert held in October-November, is a gala event to which all Delhi gravitates towards. Eminent artistes from across the country who have performed for us, films and palys have been premiered. The list includes: 

Gangubai Hangal and her daughter, Krishna Hangal
Gangubai Hangal and her daughter, Krishna Hangal
Shubha Mudgal
Rahat Fateh Ali Khan from Pakistan
Bhupen Hazarika
Alarmel Valli
Rita Ganguly
Vasundhara Komkali and her daughter, Kalapini
Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt and his son, Salil Bhatt
Ustad Ghulam Sabir Khan and his sons, Fateh Aliand Murad Ali.
Shabana Azmi's film, The Godmother was premiered here
Kalpana Lajmi brought her film, Kyon to us
The Children's film, Abhay, was shown here
Suhel Sethi's troupe, Scene Stealers, staged the play
Runa Laila from Bangaldesh 
Tahira Sayeed from Pakistan
   
  And the tradition continues …. 

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Membership Form

Download Form of IWPC to become a member of the 600 strong women's press organization.

Beyond Bylines

There are some among us who have been recognised for the work they do. They are others who managed to pursue other passions while still adhering to the routine. We salute these achievers.

Reports

This section provides an indeapth site of the reports concerning IWPC.

Directions

Snuggled in between two imposing hotels, the Le Meridian and ShangriLa is an elegant bungalow.

IWPC in news

Culture and Media Events

Learn about the various cultural and media events taking place at IWPC

Opportunities

Keep yourself updated with the job opportunities circulating in the world of media. This section includes all the essential details for the same.


Our Fav. Links

What content on the web keeps the members of IWPC interested. Take a detailed insight into it by catering into the vast experince pool of our journalists. 

Journey Woman

Over the last four year members of the IWPC have been traveling. They have dipped into the magical mysteries of Esfahan in Iran, traversed the Great Wall of China, peeked into the tooth temple in Kandy in Sri Lanka and most recently rubbed shoulders with the ancient civilisations of Syria