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Three days conference on Women Empowerment

March 14, 2017 (Lahore): Three day conference on women empowerment and their role in economic development kicked off here at Lahore College for Women University (LCWU). Punjab minister for education Rana Mashhud participated as chief guest. Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Rukhsana Kausar welcomed the minister and in her address highlighted the efforts adopted by LCWU for women empowerment and development. She said in the past small number of women was allowed for higher education but now the trend has entirely changed. Dr. Rukhsana said that women should know their rights and must practice them in order to progress. Islam and also our constitution have given equal rights to women so no discrimination made on the basis of gender. women are socio-economically well-equipped then the nation’s future would be strong and dynamic. It is a fact that women played a dynamic role in the success of any society and we need to address core issues which are faced by our women of our region. She insisted upon giving equal opportunities to the women. VC added that LCWU and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) joined hands to implement a project which aims to encourage gender institutionalization through gender sensitization of students, faculty and non- teaching staff in public sector universities across Pakistan and mainstreaming gender in curriculum. The purpose of the project is to encourage and develop students’ ability to raise questions, develop the prospective teachers’ sensitivity to students’ needs and interests, as well as integration of gender studies to increase sensitivity not only on matters of gender, but also on matters of class, race, and ethnicity.

Punjab minister for education Rana Mashhud appreciated LCWU management for conducting international conference and said that Pakistanis can undoubtedly be said a great nation.

He stressed upon the fact that women are an essential part of every nation being the 52% of the total population of Pakistan.

“Our youth specially the females are now empowered and has the potential to change the dynamics of Pakistan with their utmost courage and determination. We, Men and women need to stand united and prove the world that we are a nation not crowd.” Added the minister.