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Mammography Test for Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Mammography Test for Breast Cancer Diagnosis at LCWU 26th January 2017 Organized by Women Institute for Leadership and Learning (WILL) In collaboration with Shaukat Khanum Cancer Memorial Hospital (SKCMH)

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women around the world. Unfortunately Pakistan has the highest incidence of breast cancer in Asia. Considering its significance Women Institute for Leadership and Learning (WILL) conducts breast cancer awareness activities every year including free mammography.

Considering the success of previously held mammography camps at Lahore College for Women University this year free mammography camp was held by Women Institute for Leadership and Learning (WILL) on 26th January 2017 in collaboration with Shaukat Khanum Cancer Memorial Hospital (SKCMH). As mammography test is a screening procedure recommended for age 40 and above individuals. Staff including teaching faculty, attendants and sanitary workers fall in the category benefited from the free camp. It was a successful effort by Women Institute for Leadership and Learning (WILL) LCWU and Shaukat Khanum Memorial Hospital (SKMH).

Breast Cancer Awareness Activities

Women Institute of Leadership and Learning (WILL) Celebrated Breast Cancer Awareness Activities in Collaboration with Shaukat Khanum Cancer Memorial Hospital (SKCMH) and Pink Ribbon Campaign Pakistan at Lahore College for Women University

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women around the world. Unfortunately Pakistan has the highest incidence of breast cancer in Asia. Considering its significance Women Institute of Leadership and Learning (WILL) conducts breast cancer awareness activities every year. This year WILL celebrated Pink Days on 19th-20th October 2016.There was two activities held in this regard. Students of Gender and Development Studies arranged a Bake Sale for fund raising for cancer patients in Collaboration with Pink Ribbon Campaign Pakistan. Prof. Dr. Sarah Shahed, Director WILL inaugurated the bake sale. Students displayed different stalls of food items, stalls of photography and stall related to breast cancer awareness material. It was a successful effort by students of Gender and Development Studies.  The second activity was Breast Cancer Awareness Session conducted in collaboration with Shaukat Khanum Cancer Memorial Hospital. The Session was formally started with recitation of Holy Quran.

The worthy Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Uzma Qureshi graced the occasion and expressed her views regarding the significance and importance of breast cancer. Dr. Uzma appreciated the efforts of Shaukat Khanum Cancer Memorial Hospital. Dr. Khasifa Ehsan, Medical Officer, SKCMH delivered her presentation about the importance of Breast Cancer. Ms.Naila Khan Senior Marketing Manager, SKCMH expressed her views regarding the significance of Breast Cancer campaign. Ms. Maya Ali –Actress and Campaign Ambassador, SKCMH of breast cancer of this year, visited LCWU. She addressed students and shared her observations regarding life stories of cancer patients. Faculty and students from different departments of LCWU attended the event. There was a question and answer session in the end of the event, which was quite informative and helped the students regarding resolving their quires.

International Symposium on Gender and Disasters

Women Institute of Leadership and Learning (WILL) organized an International Symposium on Gender and Disasters on account of International Woman’s Day Celebration on 8th March, 2016. The key notes address was made by Dr. Jane Henrici graduate studies lecturer in the Global Gender Program at George Washington University, highlighted the role of governance in pre and post disaster situations. Dr Shaheen Ashraf Shah, Gender Advisor Pakistan Reading Project was the chief guest she shared her work on” Gender and building homes in disaster; from policy to practice through Gender Lens”. The event was attended by the faculty and students of LCWU. Mr. Jamal –ud- Din Ghazanfar, Advisor Education & Youth Affairs, Mr. Waqar Ahmad, Advisor State Alumni Affairs and Ms. Ridah Rashid, Information Specialist from US Consulate also attended the event. Dr. Sarah Shahed, Director Women Institute of leadership and Learning, LCWU presented welcome address.

Recorded International Women’s Day messages lent by Prof Dr. Barbara Miller and Prof. Dr. Shaista Khilji from George Washington University were played in accordance with International Women’s Day.

Dr. Subha Malik Assistant Professor in the Department of Gender and Development Studies, LCWU presented her work on “Predictors of psychological wellbeing in disaster survivors”. Ms. Farah Adil lecturer Gender and Development Studies and Ms. Fizzah Zainab Assistant Manager WILL also presented a review paper in which they highlighted the gendered aspects of education during disasters, the challenges to education and the emergency measures taken for education during disasters.

Panel Discussion Organized by British High Commission


Women Institute of Leadership and Learning hosted a debate onWomen Empowerment and the role of women in Pakistan” in collaboration with the British High Commission-Chevening Alumni Association of Pakistan on 7th March, 2016. The event was attended by the faculty and students of LCWU along with Chevening alumni including Yasmeen Rehman former MNA, renowned entrepreneur Hassan Shah, lawyer Huma Ijaz, TV documentaries producer Wajiha Rizvi, as well as Dr. Jane Henrici visiting faculty from George Washington University. Andy Battson head of Chevening scholarship and Jennifer Cole OBE Political Counsellor from British High Commission highlighted the success stories of Pakistani women like winners of Nobel Peace Prize, an Emmy and two Oscars. They also discussed the scholarship program offered as an opportunity for the future female leaders of Pakistan to set the successful examples of women empowerment in Pakistan.

Pink Ribbon Day


Women Institute of Leadership and Learning (WILL) Celebrated Pink Day at LCWU in Collaboration with Shaukat Khanum Cancer Hospital and Pink Ribbon Pakistan.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women around the world. Unfortunately Pakistan has the highest incidence of breast cancer in Asia. Considering its significance Women Institute of Leadership and Learning (WILL) conducts breast cancer awareness activities every year. This year WILL celebrated Pink Day on 20th October 2015.There was two activities on that day. Students of Gender and Development Studies arranged a bake sale for fund raising for cancer patients. Students displayed different stalls of food items, stalls of photography and stall related to breast cancer awareness material. It was a successful effort by students of Gender and Development Studies.

The second activity was Breast Cancer awareness seminar conducted in collaboration with Shaukat Khanum Cancer Hospital. In the seminar Dr Amna Khan senior surgeon oncology delivered her presentation about the importance of Breast Cancer.Ms Naila Khan marketing manager Shaukat Khanum Hospital expressed her views regarding the significance of Breast Cancer campaign. Ms Hadiqa Kiani –Singer and campaign ambassador of breast cancer of this year, visited LCWU .She addressed students and shared her observations regarding life stories of cancer patients. The worthy Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Uzma Qureshi graced the occasion and expressed her views regarding the significance and importance of breast cancer. Dr Uzma appreciated the efforts of Shaukat Khanum Cancer Hospital. Faculty and students from different department of LCWU attended the event. There was a question and answer session in the end of the event, which was quite informative and helped the students regarding resolving their quires .Director WILL Prof Dr Sarah Shahed emphasized the significance of breast cancer and about the preventive steps regarding its early detection. In the end Dr Sarah Shahed delivered vote of thanks.

Visit of Prof. Dr. David D. Gow

Under the GWU-LCWU partnership program Mr. David D. Gow, Baker Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and International Affairs, George Washington University, Washington, DC has visited the Department of Gender & Development Studies, Lahore College for Women University, Lahore in the month of October 2015. Dr. Gow is a sociocultural anthropologist who studies processes of local development, the evolution of local politics, and the relationships among participation, democracy, and citizenship.

During his two weeks stay, he taught a course titled Anthropology, Gender, and Research to the staff members of various departments of LCWU. The objectives of this two-week course were three-fold: to present and discuss how anthropology thinks about and studies, gender from a comparative perspective; to design and implement a group project using observational methods; and to meet with individual members of the class to discuss their proposed and ongoing research projects.

This course was consisted of academic readings, discussions, and students’ individual research projects. There were eight lecturers delivered from which two were about individual meetings on  research projects with all participants of the course .The purpose behind this individual meeting was to provide opportunities for all participants to share their research projects and difficulties and to take guidance from the  Dr. Gow’s  wide research experience. At the end of this course, certificates were distributed among all participants

Students Exchange Program

Students of Department of the Gender and Development Studies (Samina Riaz, Maryam Batool, Zille Zahra, Amna Saeed, Zarnab Rana and Arshia Yasin) visited the George Washington University, USA for summer semester this year from July 03 to August 14, 2015 under the three-year LCWU-GWU partnership program. During their six weeks stay in GWU, the students attended three research-based courses. Beside this, students attended several meetings with the officials and faculty at GWU.
Students also attended orientation sessions about GWU police and immigration rules arranged by the international students’ office.  Students at GWU also attended the conference on “Empowering Women through Political Participation &Empowering Politics through Women’s Participation” organized by the global gender program on 30th July, 2015. Many dignitaries from international organizations and non-government organizations and officials from state department also participated in this conference.

Online Course of Summer Semester, 2015 (George Washington University)

Six faculty members of Gender and Development studies has successfully completed the online course of women and Global politics  offered by the  Elliott School of international Affairs, George Washington University during summer semester in  May to  June  2015. This course was led by the Prof .Dr. Michele A. Clark.

This course was an overview of the global status of women in the Twenty-First Century, focusing on the discrepancies between normative frameworks and policy developed to benefit women and their actual implementation.  The course examined how political, economic, social, cultural and religious frameworks affected the wellbeing of women as well as contributed to a systemic lack of access to resources. The course further underscored the imperative for increased focus on the human rights of women.  Readings of this course consisted of academic texts, journal articles and narratives by contemporary women leaders and writers. Videotaped conversations of distinguished guest speakers and social activists across the world were also the part of this course. Students of Gender and Development Studies presented many presentations, submitted assignments and short term papers on various global women’s issues and scored good grades.  

Following are the names of the faculty members who completed this course:
Dr. Subha Malik
Ms. Uzma Ashiq
Ms. Farah Adil
Ms. Fareeha Anjum
Ms. Syeda Maryam Batool
Ms. Madiha Nadeem

International Collaboration of Women Institute for Leadership & Learning (WILL)

MS students of Gender and Development Studies at George Washington University USA
Department of Gender and Development Studies has entered into a three year partnership with George Washington University USA’s Global Gender Program. This partnership involves curriculum development, student and faculty exchange, international conferences, collaborative research and similar activities. The partnership is providing opportunities for cross-cultural learning and understanding between faculty and students. Dr. Sarah Shahed from LCWU, Dr. Barbara Miller and Dr. Shaista Khilji from George Washington University are the co investigators.  
Under the vibrant leadership of our Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Sabiha Mansoor US-Pakistan university partnership between Department of Gender and Development Studies, LCWU and the Global Gender Program (GGP), Elliott School of International Affairs, of the George Washington University has been achieving its milestones successfully.

Faculty & Student Exchange Program: Four MS students of Gender and Development Studies visited the George Washington University, USA for summer semester 2014 from the month of July to August under the three year partnership program with George Washington University USA’s Global Gender Program. During their six week stay in GWU, students were enrolled in three following courses:
•    Mix Method  Research and Global Gender Policies
•    Gender Advisor: Roles and Skills  
•    Independent Research Project
Beside this course, students attended meetings with Associate Deans of the Graduate School of Education and Human Development and with doctoral students to exchange their views regarding the concepts of identity and cosmopolitan learning. Students also attended orientation sessions about GWU police and immigration rules. Conference on “Women’s Empowerment and Equality Challenges, Progress, and Opportunities” were also attended by Student.

Visit of Dr. Aneeq Ahmad

May 15th 2014-June 23rd 2014
Dr. Aneeq Ahmad from Handerson State University visited Department of Gender and Development Studies for the period of 6 weeks for the capacity building of faculty and students in qualitative and quantitative research methodology.

Mini Conference

March 26, 2014
Department of Gender and Development Studies, Lahore College for Women University organized a mini conference on leadership and entrepreneurship potentials and challenges at Lahore College for Women University.
Participants of the conference explored ways to promote entrepreneurial growth in Pakistan, emphasizing that entrepreneurs have the potential to generate new jobs for millions of young graduates entering the workforce.

Speakers focused their discussions on the pivotal role of Pakistan’s public and private sector in spurring job creation. They emphasized that, with the growth of entrepreneurship ecosystem, Pakistan’s economic growth could accelerate. It was emphasized that in a country of around 190 million people, 60 percent are below the age of 25 years, so this might of human capital can be converted into a highly productive resource by improving the quality of education, imparting management training, developing skills and providing opportunities to participate in the mainstream economy more effectively.

This event was attended by the representatives of different non-government organizations, faculty members and students of Lahore College for Women University.  At the end of the event certificates were distributed among participants (2 trainings   were conducted by the faculty of George Washington University in collaboration with Department of Gender and Development Studies).

Exhibitions of Entrepreneurial Projects

13th March, 2014
Exhibitions of entrepreneurial projects were held by the students of Gender and Development Studies on 13th March, 2014

Visit of Prof. Dr. Shaista Khilji

March, 2014.
Department of Gender and Development Studies has entered into a three year partnership with George Washington University USA’s Global Gender Program. This partnership involves curriculum development, student and faculty exchange, international conferences, collaborative research and similar activities. The partnership is providing opportunities for cross-cultural learning and understanding between faculty and students. Dr. Sarah Shahed from LCWU, Dr. Barbara Miller and Dr. Shaista Khilji from George Washington University are the co investigators.  Over the span of next three years our students and faculty will be trained by the George Washington University experts at the GW Campus in Washington DC as well as at LCWU campus in Lahore. Prof. Dr. Shaista Khilji from George Washington University visited LCWU in the month of March, 2014. During her stay she taught a two credit hour course titled Globalization, Change and Learning –A Gender Perspective covering, 32 hours of teaching in all.
Following events were organized by Dr. Shaista Khilji.
Two professional development workshops ran by her
1.    Data, Data Everywhere Staying Calm and Methodically Analyzing The Qualitative Data
2.    Competent Leadership - From ‘Self’ To The ‘Other’.

video conferences and webinars with George Washington University

Two video conferences with George Washington University’s faculty and students and four webinars by GW were conducted:  
1.    Qualitative Data Collection and Analysis: A Study of U.S Women Social Entrepreneurs by Dr. Candice Mathew
2.    Globalization and Women at Work: Emerging Issues by Prof. Peter A. Murray
3.    Women and Work in South Asia- Diversity, Culture and Institutions by Dr. M. Azam Rumi
4.    Women Entrepreneurs by Dr. Jawad Syed

Lecture by Dr Golam M. Mathbor

Women Institute of Leadership and Learning (WILL) has organized lecture on “Feminization and Labor Vulnerability in Ready Made Garment Industries: The case of Bangladesh” on 6th January 2014 by Dr Golam M. Mathbor Professor and Associate Dean School of Humanities and Social Science. This lecture was from one of his publications. Dr Mary Ellen Lane, Executive Director CAORE-Council of American Overseas Research Centers and Ms Loren Hamend, Director US American Institute of Pakistan Studies also graced the occasion.

Faculty and students of department of gender and development studies and social work attended the lecture. It was an interactive session in which exchange knowledge and experience took place between faculty, student and guest speaker. In the end Prof Dr Sarah Shahed director Women Institute of Leadership and Learning highlighted the importance of gender issues and presented vote of thanks.

MoU between LCWU and Women Empowerment Group (WEG)

A memorandum of understanding was signed between Women Empowerment Group (WEG) and Lahore College for Women University on 25th November 2013 at Lahore College for Women University.

Women’s Empowerment Group (WEG) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization aiming to strengthen the process of socio-economic development and empowerment of the disadvantaged sections of the society, at the grassroots level, through transfer of knowledge without ethnic, political, religious or any other biases.

Lahore College for Women University is always ahead for conducting activities and programmes for the purpose of creating awareness and education among women and especially empowering women and this memorandum of understanding will definitely strengthen such purpose.

White Ribbon Day Celebrations

Women Institute of Leadership and Learning (WILL) Lahore College for Women University in collaboration with White Ribbon Campaign celebrated White Ribbon Day on 25th November, 2013 at Lahore College for Women University, Lahore. White Ribbon Campaign Pakistan is the men's movement for ending violence against children, girls and women.

Ms. Hameeda Waheed-ud-Din- Minister for Women Development, Govt. of the Punjab, graced the occasion as the chief guest. Mr. Omer Aftab - CEO White Ribbon Campaign presented the background of the organization.

Prof. Dr. Sabiha Mansoor Vice Chancellor, LCWU expressed her views that to stop violence against women, it is not sufficient to create awareness about women’s rights among women but it is necessary that men should join hands with women to encourage norms of consent, respect and gender equality to challenge the unfair power relations leading to violence and to promote gender roles based on non-violence and gender justice. Prof Dr Sabiha Mansoor also appreciated the efforts of Women Institute of Leadership and Learning for conducting such event.

The Guest Speakers for the event were
1. Prof. Ijaz Ahmed – Religious Scholar
2. Prof. Kokab Shehzad – Religious Scholar
3. Mr. Ajmal Jami _Newscaster Dunya TV
4. Mr. Habib Akram- Anchor Dunya TV
5. Prof. Humayoon Ehsan – Pakistan College of Law
6. Prof. Dr.Kausar Jamal Cheema- Former Dean of Natural Sciences, LCWU.

Prof Dr Sarah Shahed director WILL emphasized the importance of educating men to eradicate violence against women and presented vote of thanks. Poster competition was also conducted among students on the topic of violence against women and position holder students were given prizes at the end the event. Large number of students and faculty of LCWU attended the event.

Pink Day

Women Institute of Leadership and Learning (WILL), Lahore College for Women University (LCWU), in collaboration with Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital (SKMH) & Research Centre organized "Breast Cancer Awareness Seminar" on Tuesday 29th October 2013. "Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign" is the regular activity at LCWU, Lahore to create awareness about Breast cancer among youth

With the support and encouragement of Prof. Dr. Sabiha Mansoor, Vice Chancellor LCWU, this awareness seminar was conducted for the faculty and students of LCWU. The seminar included lecture by oncologist Dr. Shumaila Shabbir on Breast Cancer, focusing female students about breast cancer. The doctor informed the audience about causes, indications and symptoms, prevention, diagnosis and the treatment of breast cancer. TV star and model Aamina Sheikh is the brand ambassador of the awareness campaign this year, also participated in the event .Ms.Naila khan Marketing Manager SKMH highlighted the efforts of Shaukat Khanum hospital for such cause. In the end Prof Dr. Sarah Shahed Director WILL expressed her gratitude to SKMH team for their presence and sharing information with the students. Almost 250 student of the university from different faculties attended the event.

Summer Courses

Women Institute of Leadership and Learning (WILL) arranged a workshop on SPSS its theory and application during summer vacations. The workshop was arranged by Ms Shehla Ahmed PhD scholar and lecturer in the department of Gender and Development Studies.

The students of MS from department of Psychology and Gender and Development Studies discussed their research works in the workshop. The workshop was a great success and students found the workshop highly informative for their future projects.

Benazir Bhutto Chair for Peace, Reconciliation and Development

Ms. Moneeza Hashmi has officially joined the Benazir Bhutto Chair for Peace, Reconciliation and Development at Women Institute of Leadership and Learning, Lahore College for Women University, Lahore.
The Chair will:

  • Strengthen the interdisciplinary character of research conducted at the university
  • Offer analytical solutions to national socio-economic and political problems from the university’s platform
  • Develop network and linkage with women related research / organizations, particularly donor agencies

Visit of Vice Chancellor


Prof. Dr. Sabiha Mansoor, Vice Chancellor, Lahore College for Women University visited the building of Women Institute for Leadership and Learning (WILL) along with the senior management of LCWU including Prof. Naushaba Farooq, Registrar, Dr. Farhat Saleemi, Dean Faculty and Mr. Ali Rizvi , Director Administration. She commended that the entire institute has been set up very well and it will soon serve as a research hub for MS, M. Phil and Ph.D. students.

Dr. Sabiha Mansoor appreciated the efforts of Dr. Sarah Shahed, Director WILL and her team in making this Institute a Centre for producing future women leaders. She said that LCWU takes a holistic view of education and empowers women graduates through knowledge and skills to contribute fully in the economic development of Pakistan.

International Women’s Day celebrations

A celebration of International Women’s Day took place at Lahore College for Women University. Inter-Departmental Drama competition was organized by Department of Gender and Development to highlight the problems, issues and rights of women and pay tribute to the contribution of inspiring women in various fields of life on 8th March, 2013 at the auditorium of Lahore College of Women University. Several departments participated in the drama competition. Prof. Dr. Sabiha Mansoor graced the event with her presence. The event was highly attended by Deans, Directors, Head of departments, faculty and students of Lahore College for Women University. Ms. Shireen Asad (Director, Students Affairs), Ms. Rodaba Hameed (Former Head of Psychology Department) and Ms. Nighat (Fine Arts Department) were the judges of the drama competition.

Departments of Political Science, Psychology and Gender and Development Studies got the 1st 2nd and 3rd position in this competition respectively. Position holders were awarded with shields. At the end Prof. Dr. Sarah Shahed presented vote of thanks and emphasized that if women are given adequate economic and social opportunities, a significant improvement in Pakistan’s socio-economic landscape becomes inevitable

Breast Cancer Awareness Seminar

Women Institute for Leadership and Learning (WILL), Lahore College for Women University organized Breast Cancer Awareness seminar in collaboration with Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital Lahore on 9th October, 2012 as a regular annual activity to create awareness among students about the disease.

Dr.Ayesha Riaz, Medical Officer Shaukat Khanum Memorial Hospital informed the audience about breast cancer, its causes, and symptoms. She also explained about prevention, diagnosis and the treatment of breast cancer. She emphasized that only healthy life style can protect us from this disease.

Ms. Naila Khan, Marketing Manager of Shaukat Khanum Memorial Hospital appreciated the efforts of students and faculty of WILL for the Breast Awareness seminar. She highlighted the contribution of Shaukat Khanum Memorial Hostpital for addressing this disease in Pakistan. She appreciated the contribution of Ms.Reema khan to raise the awareness about this disease and to help raising healthcare graph in Pakistan.

Ms.Reema Khan famous showbiz celebrity and Ambassador of Breast Cancer Campaign in Pakistan also participated in the event .She praised the efforts of Shaukat Khanum Hospital and Lahore College for Women University for this noble cause. She stressed on the importance of healthy life style and according to her youth is the big hope for Pakistan and they can play effective role for creating awareness among their peers.

Dr .Benjamin, Registrar Lahore College for Women University emphasized that students should avoid stress and they should be energetic and positive in their life.
In the end Prof .Dr. Sarah Shahed Director -WILL delivered the concluding remarks and vote of thanks. She also appreciated the efforts of Shaukat Khanum Hospital for their full cooperation.

Adoption of School (Work with Child Care Foundation)

Department of Gender and Development Studies believe in providing quality marketable education to young girls as an essential ingredient of nation building. We have also decided to help young children who are privileged by empowering children with a solid education; we hope to make them better, more productive members of society. There are 9 million children in Pakistan who are deprived of their basic right to education.  By realizing this responsibility Department of Gender and Development Studies has decided to join hands with Child Care Foundation (charitable trust working for education of children) to alleviate illiteracy and realize the dream of an educated and prosperous Pakistan. In this regard the Department of gender and development studies has announced to adopt one school for three years.

Briefing on Women Empowerment Package

Department of Gender and Development Studies, LCWU organized an awareness raising event with Advocate Anusha Rehman Khan, M.N.A. Ms  Rehman who is also Convener of the Women Committee (Women Empowerment Project) talked to the students and faculty about Chief Minister's "Women Empowerment Package".  Students showed their interest by asking different questions to the speaker. Dr. Sarah Shahed, Director of Women Institute for Leadership and Learning concluded the session with a vote of thanks. 

Seminar on “Sexual Harassment and the Prevalence of Anti-Women Practices


Seminar on “Sexual Harassment at Workplace (Criminal Law Amendment) 2009 and the Prevalence of Anti-Women Practices (Criminal Law Amendment) Act 2011


A seminar on Sexual Harassment at Workplace (Criminal Law Amendment) 2009 and the Prevalence of Anti-Women Practices (Criminal Law Amendment) Act 2011 was conducted by Women Institute for Leadership and Learning, Lahore College for Women University in collaboration with Strengthening Participatory Organization (SPO), Lahore on 8th June, 2012 at Student Service Centre.

Speakers from different walks of life shared their  views and experiences regarding sexual harassment, anti -women practices, laws and initiatives which are needed for the implementation of these laws. Ms.Irum Bukhari Secretary, Women Development Department Punjab participated as chief guest in the seminar.

After recitation of Holy Quran Sana Farooq student of Gender and Development Studies expressed her feelings and views regarding sexual harassment. Professor Naushaba Farooq, Director Institute of Language and Culture LCWU, enlightened the participants about the initiatives taken by Lahore College for Women University on sexual harassment. She told that a Committee has been formed in order to prevent and deal with sexual harassment issues in LCWU. Hina Hafeez, Advocate High Court, talked about the laws and amendments that have been made in 509 PPC. She also appreciated the efforts of government for introducing the Anti- Women Practice bill and Sexual Harassment at Workplace (Criminal Law Amendment) 2009.

Miss Bushra Khaliq, Executive Director WISE, discussed the role and efforts of civil society for their work regarding  approval of Sexual Harassment bill .She emphasized that student especially young girls should take initiatives in order to stop  being sexually harassed. Miss Mumtaz Mughal, Program Manager Aurat Foundation, pointed out that despite all efforts made by government cases of violence against women are increasing day by day. There is need to start an awareness campaign against sexual harassment and the government should take  women rights as a top priority matter.

Salman Abid, Regional Head SPO Lahore, talked about the role of society and said that educational institutions can play very most important role for building and strengthening the society. He said that to eliminate discrimination against women, we have to strengthen our support structures in society.

Chief Guest, Ms Irum Bukhari, Secretary Women Development Department, highlighted the work done by Women Development Department regarding women rights. She shared that Chief Minister Punjab has announced comprehensive women empowerment package that corroborates the government’s firm commitment to addressing the social and economic rights of women who make up half of the population of Punjab.

At the end Prof. Dr. Sarah Shahed, Director Women institute for Leadership and Learning extended a vote of thanks to all speakers for their valuable time and knowledge.

Orientation session of Child Care Foundation

Department of Gender and development Studies organized an orientation session in collaboration with Child Care Foundation for the students on June 15, 2012 at conference hall of Lahore College for Women University. Ms.Yasmin Zaki, CEO of Child Care Foundation talked to the students and faculty about CCF and its activities. She said that it is a non profit, non governmental organization set up in October 1996, under the society’s act 1860 with public-private partnership for charitable, scientific and education purposes. CCF mandate is to develop comprehensive strategies in collaboration with government, NGOs, trade unions, UN bodies donor agencies, private sector organizations and concerned members of civil society to ensure the prevention elimination and rehabilitation of all forms of child labor in Pakistan. At the end students presented donation of Rs.50,000 Rupees to Ms.Yasmin Zaki for the adopted school in Nankana Saab. She appreciated the efforts of Students and staff members.

Formation of Youth Club for Madadgaar

One of the key function of WILL is to establish networking with all stakeholders. In this regard on request of Madadgaar, Pakistan’s first helpline for children and women suffering from violence, abuse and exploitation. WILL organized an orientation session  for the students on 27 June .Ms.Fizza Gardezi, Program officer of Madadgar, Lahore office gave a brief presentation on Madadgar and  told the students about objectives of these youth groups.   Madadgaar Helpline provides telephonic counseling, face to face counseling to walk-in survivors, crisis intervention, guidance, legal advices, legal aid and referral services to children and women. She said that youth can play important role to bring change in society. These youth clubs have been formed to cultivate leadership skills among youth.  They will be motivated to have dialogues with parliamentarians, policy makers and decision makers on issues identified through Madadgaar database. The member students will get an opportunity of national exposure and to share ideas and work with youth from other provinces. A group of 10 students from 6th semester were declared members of Youth club.

One day Exhibition

Students of Gender and Development Studies 8th semester arranged a projects exhibition on 27th June 2012. The students showed excellent performance by presenting beautiful hand made products. Products which were put to display included ready to wear shirts, handmade bags, laptop covers, clutches, fashion accessories, decoration pieces and food items. Faculty and students took great interest and purchased many items. Exhibition was inaugurated by Prof .Dr .Sarah Shahed. She appreciated the efforts of students.

Meeting on Sexual and Reproductive Health Issues among Youth

Women institute for Leadership and Learning organized a meeting in collaboration with Pink Ribbon Pakistan on sexual and reproductive health issues among youth. The meeting was attended by different stakeholders. Participants from departments of Gender and Development Studies, Psychology,Shirkat Gah and other NGOs also attended the meeting.

Visit of Mr.Tariq Hussain

Mr.Tariq Hussain, honorary consultant of LCWU visited Counseling Centre of Women Institute for Leadership and Learning on 23rd July 2012.The meeting was attended by director WILL Dr Sarah Shahed and staff members of counseling centre. The vision and mission of WILL along with issues faced by youth in present world were discussed. All the members found the meeting to be highly very valuable and productive

Visit of Vice Chancellor

Prof. Dr. Sabiha Mansoor, Vice Chancellor, Lahore College for Women University visited the building of Women Institute for Leadership and Learning (WILL) along with the senior management of LCWU including Prof. Naushaba Farooq, Registrar, Dr. Farhat Saleemi, Dean Faculty and Mr. Ali Rizvi , Director Administration. She commended that the entire institute has been set up very well and it will soon serve as a research hub for MS, M. Phil and Ph.D. students.
Dr. Sabiha Mansoorappreciated the efforts of Dr. Sarah Shahed, Director WILL and her team in making this institute a Centre for producing future women leaders. She said that LCWU takes a holistic view of education and empowers women graduates through knowledge and skills to contribute fully in the economic development of Pakistan.