The Department of Gender & Development Studies, Lahore College for Women University in collaboration with the Global Gender Program of The George Washington University, USA, organized a three day International Conference on Global Gender Perspective from November 14 to 16, 2016.
This conference brought together leading academics social scientists and researchers to exchange and share their experiences and research finding on important aspects of Gender and Development Studies. More than 100 national and international presenters presented their papers in the conference. Participants from USA, UK, Sweden, Germany, Norway, and Nepal also presented papers in conference. Dr. Jane Henrici, Lecturer Global Gender Program, George Washington University, Dr. Kelly Pemberton, Associate Professor of Religion and Women’s Studies, George Washington University; Dr. Lionel Howard , Assistant Professor, Educational Research, George Washington University and Dr. Faiza Ali ,Senior Lecturer, Liverpool Business School , John Moores University also presented their papers. Lesli Davis, Program Officer, George Washington University shared the message of Dr. Barbara Miller, Professor of Anthropology & International Affairs, George Washington University at the panel discussion. Michael Clark, Adjunct Professor George Washington University also participated in the panel discussion at the conference. Ms. Savitra Shreshta from Nepal, Ms. Zille Zahra Naqvi, Dr.Lena Martinsson & Dr. Erika Alm from Sweden presented their recorded papers.
Students and faculty from Punjab University, COMSATS Islamabad, University of Peshwar, International Islamic University, University of Sargodha, Beaconhouse National University (BNU), NUST, GCU Lahore, NIP Quaid-i-Azam university, Foundation university Islamabad, FC College, Lahore College for Women University and LUMS participated in the conference. Additionally, professionals from FATA Research Center and advocate of Lahore High Court also presented in the conference.
Chief Guest Begum Zakia Shahnawaz, Provincial Minister for Higher Education and Population Welfare, highlighted various actions taken by the Government of Pakistan for promotion of gender equality. She appreciated the efforts of GWU and LCWU for holding a well-organized and successful conference. She added that such opportunities help in bringing together leading academic social scientists, researchers and research scholars for exchanging experiences and research results on important aspects of Gender and Development Studies
The Vice Chancellor LCWU, Prof. Dr. Uzma Quraishi, in her closing speech admired and praised the team of Women Institute of Leadership and Learning for incorporating what was envisioned for the conference. It has been the first event of its nature and magnitude in Pakistan in the field of gender studies. This conference is a milestone towards getting better understanding of cultural constructs and social inequalities, which consequently leads to the possibilities of greater collaboration between countries.
While speaking at the closing ceremony, Prof. Dr Sarah Shahed, Director Women Institute of Leadership and Learning, said that this conference has opened new horizons for new researchers to explore and understand the contemporary gender issues from multiple perspective. She also extended her gratitude to all speakers, national and international guests and scholars. Prof Dr Shaista Khilji, Professor of Human and Organizational Learning & International Affairs, George Washington University in her closing remarks stressed on importance of future collaboration for sharing and better understanding of global gender dynamics.
Dr. David Gow, Baker Emeritus Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs, George Washington University; Dr. Ruhi Khalid , Director Institute of Psychology, Beaconhouse National University ;Brig (R)Dr. Tanvir Akhtar, Head of Department Psychology /Director Students’ Counseling, Foundation University, Rawalpindi; Dr. Misbah Tanveer, Assistant Professor, School of Business and Dr. Amen Jaffer ,Assistant Professor Sociology from Lahore University of Management Sciences; Dr. Salma Hassan, Associate Professor, Psychology Department and Dr. Syeda Shahida Batool, Chairperson Department of Psychology, Government College University; Prof. Dr. Anila Kamal, Director National Institute of Psychology, Quaid e Azam University Islamabad; Dr. Grace Clark ,Professor Sociology and former Dean of Social Sciences, Forman Christian College; Prof. Talat Sohail, Chairperson, Department of Applied Psychology, Lahore College for Women University; Mr. Salman Abid , Regional Head, Strengthening Participatory Organization, Lahore ; Mr. Daud Saqlain ,Head of Programs ActionAid Pakistan; Ms. Neelum Hussain ,Executive Director, Simorgh Pakistan and Ms. Wilma Van der Maten, Journalist, Correspondent Elsevier (Pakistan) chaired sessions in the conference.
Saboor and Huma Siraj Manj, MS students of Gender and Development Studies, Lahore College for Women University presented the “safe campus” project under the supervision of Ms. Madiha Nadeem and Prof. Dr. Sarah Shahed for the youth competition titled“ Designing and Planning Safe Cities and Safe Public Spaces for Women” conducted by UN Women in collaboration with the Punjab Commission on the Status of Women and Punjab’s Women Development Department on September 28, 2016 in Lahore and won first prize. Ms. Waheeda Hameed-ud-Din (Minister, Women Development Department, Punjab) presented the award to the winning team. Worthy Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Uzma Qureshi congratulated the faculty and students of Gender and Development Studies.
A video conference had been conducted between Department of Gender and Development Studies and George Washington University at Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) on 3rd December 2013. The participants from both side exchanged ideas and knowledge with great interest. This video conference was one of the activities related to 16 days of activism. The panelists from Lahore College for Women University presented three talks in the start and after that discussion had started which was followed by question answer session.
Dr Sarah Shahed Director Women Institute of Leadership and Learning (WILL) from LCWU and Dr Barbara Miller Director Institute for Global & International Studies, Global Gender Program and Culture in Global Affairs from George Washington University headed the session. Almost 25-30 students along with the faculty from Lahore College for Women University attended the event. It was really a big success and will definitely strengthen the lesion between both the universities.
Institute for Peace and Secular Studies organized a poster competition art gallery in Punjab on the topic "Moving beyond tolerating diversity to celebrate it." on 8-9 May, 2013. Approximately 674 posters were presented. Ayesha Sarwar, student of BS (HONS.) semester 6 of Gender and Development Studies, Lahore College for Women University got 2nd position in Punjab. Ms. Farah Adil has coordinated the poster competition.
Ayesha Sarwar has always been a high aimed student and has won several national and district recognitions as a Young Pilot, poetess and an instinctive artist. She has taken positions in different poster competitions conducted by Indus Valley school of Arts and Architecture (Karachi), University of the Punjab, Institute of Peace and Secular Studies (Lahore), Beaconhouse National University, etc.
Punjab Institute of Mental Health celebrated International Mental Health Day highlighting the theme of “Depression: A Global Crisis” on October 9th,2012. In this regard Institute organized set of activities for students, skits, essay writings and poster competition. Each year, World Mental Health Day is celebrated on October 10. This day is significant in drawing attention to issues concerning not only mental illness, but mental well-being.
As well Students of Gender and Development Studies , Lahore College for Women University actively took part in poster competition and essay writing. Ayesha Sarwer, student of 5th semester won 3rd prize in Poster competition while Amna Ijaz's essay on “ Depression: A Global Crisis” also won 3rd prize.
Students won the first prize in Poster Competition at GC University, Lahore in April 2011 on "Gender and Psychosocial issues".
Third position was awarded to the Play “Rija” related to Violence against women in December 2009, at Kinnaird College for Women.
Student participated in training workshop conducted by DASTAK - an NGO working for rehabilitation.