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International Women’s Day Conference

6th – 8th March, 2017

Women Institute for Leadership and Learning (WILL),

Lahore College for Women University (LCWU)

International Women's Day (IWD), originally called International Working Women's Day, is celebrated on March 8 every year. In different regions the focus of the celebrations involves general celebration of respect, appreciation and love towards women for their economic, political and social achievements. Women Institute for Leadership and Learning (WILL) conducts activities to celebrate International Women’s Day every year. This year WILL has organized three days International Women’s Day Conference (IWDC): “Be Bold for Change” from 6th to 8th March, 2017 at Lahore Collage for Women University. This conference was aim to highlight the contemporary women’s issues by covering the areas of women economic empowerment, gender equality, leadership, and women portrayal in media.

On 6th March, 2017, in the opening session of the conference the guest speakers have discussed the empowerment of women in a holistic manner and how it touches all aspects of their lives and provides a space to develop strategies to reach their professional goals and achieve academic success and personal wellness. The conference was started with opening remarks by Prof. Dr. Sarah Shahed Director, WILL, LCWU. Prof. Dr. Najma Najam, Advisor Academics, Virtual University was the chief guest of the conference has shed light on violence against women and women’s resilience. Prof. Dr. Rukhsana Kausar, Vice Chancellor, LCWU expressed that this conference would create an opportunity for graduates, research scholars, faculty, and staff to connect and create networks of support and action to create a social impact.

Mr. Waqas Chaudhary, DEO Consultant, UK delivered an interactive session on gender equality to diversity and highlighted the importance of diversity at workplaces. The panel discussion on Gender and Media, was held in collaboration with the Department of Mass Communication, LCWU, in which faculty members presented their research papers on the role of the media in highlighting women’s issues. A detailed discussion was held on the position of women in the media between an influential panel included; Mr. Shahbaz Mian, Ms. Fakhra Tehreem, Mr. Karam IIlahi, Mr. Intikhab Hanif and Mr. Asif Ali Pota.

On 7th March, 2017, a Student’s symposium titled ’’Be Bold for Change’’ was taken place. In this symposium the students and faculty of LCWU has taken part. The purpose of this symposium was to share the salient features of Women Empowerment Package 2012, 2014 and 2017 announced by the Government of the Punjab with students, and to impart awareness to them about the important initiatives taken under these packages that includes women’s legal rights, health, education, employment and political rights and privileges. Gender and Development Studies Department’s Students, have delivered their speeches and appreciated the contribution of Pakistani women who have certainly walked out of their traditional framework of life and excelled in many fields like journalism, philanthropy, IT, sports, education, business, engineering and politics.

On 8th March, 2017, a Seminar on women and freedom of expression in collaboration with Simorgh Organization has taken place in which Dr. Rubina Saigol, Social Activist and Ms. Kishwar Sultana, Director; Insan Foundation participated as guest speakers. The speakers have shared their views on women right of expression and its dimensions, freedom of expression as a democratic and constitutional right and duty of a person, hate speech against women in society and its impact and accountability under law against such incidents.