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MOU signing Ceremony with FCCU

Virtual MoU Ceremony between Department of Gender and Development Studies, LCWU and Forman Christian College University, Pakistan: A Chartered University (FCCU) under US Pakistan University Partnerships Grants Program (UPGP) in Syndicate Hall, LCWU, and through the virtual platform.  

The MoU was signed by Dr. Douglas Trimble, Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs, FCCU & Prof. Dr. Bushra Mirza, Vice-Chancellor, LCWU. 

This MoU was held under US - Pakistan University Partnership Grants Program (UPGP), funded by U.S. Mission to Pakistan and administered by United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP) on 29th September 2021. Under this project both the parties conduct joint activities for capacity building, training, and material development for faculty and students. 

In past international linkages have been taken place between the Department of Gender and Development Studies and Global Gender Program, George Washington University, USA, and Asian Institute of Technology (AIT). 

Dr. Uzma Ashiq Khan, HOD Department of Gender and Development Studies, welcomed all the Guests and Chief Guests. 

Following respected members speaks in the ceremony. 

 

  1. Prof. Dr. Bushra Mirza, Vice-Chancellor, LCWU.
  2. Mr. Douglas Trimble, Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs, FCCU Lahore.
  3. Dr. Sikandar Hayat, Dean Social Sciences, FCCU
  4. Dr. Afzal, Dean Social Sciences, LCWU
  5. Dr. Sarah Shahed, Professor in Psychology, FCCU
  6. Dr. Subha Malik, former HOD, Gender Studies, LCWU

International Breastfeeding Day Celebration

Inauguration of breastfeeding Corner

August 31, 2021: The Department of Gender & Development Studies and Department of Sociology, Lahore College for Women University” is celebrating International Breastfeeding Day 2021 for which they are going to inaugurate a breastfeeding corner in Day Care center of Lahore College for Women University on 31st August 2021. The aim of this activity is to highlight the importance of breastfeeding among young girls and an attempt to normalize breastfeeding in workplaces and educational institutions. Breastfeeding is an obligatory task of a women who is a mother, and it is as importance as any other task in world then why considering it a shame.At the opening ceremony, Worthy Vice Chancellor LCWU, Prof. Dr. Bushra MirzaProf. Dr. Muhammad Afzal Dean of Arts and Social sciences and Chief Guest Dr. Sohail Saqlain Member (Health and Nutrition and population) Planning and development Board Govt. of Punjab inaugurates the breast-feeding corner in Day Care Center LCWU, furnished by Department of Gender Studies and Department of Sociology. After that, The Worthy Vice Chancellor LCWU and Honourable guests Dr. Sohail Saqlain Member (Health and Nutrition and population) Planning and development Board Govt. of Punjab, Mr. Syed Umar (M&E Specialist) visited stalls of brochures made by student of Department of Gender Studies and Sociology.

The Worthy Vice Chancellor LCWU Prof. Dr. Bushra Mirza and the Chief Guest Dr. Sohail Saqlain Member (Health and Nutrition and population) Planning and development Board Govt. of Punjab shared their views about the importance of Breastfeeding. At the end Dr Uzma Ashiq Khan Incharge Department of Gender and Development Studies gave a thanking note which was followed by distribution of certificates among participants.

Diamond Jubilee Celebrations of Independence Day of Pakistan

Department of Gender and Development Studies Department of Sociology, WILL, LCWU 

All the great nations celebrate their national events with zeal and zest so did Lahore College for Women University on 14th August, 2021 at Iqra Auditorium. Department of Gender and Development Studies (In-charge Dr. Uzma Ashiq Khan) in collaboration with Department of Sociology (In charge Dr. Asma Seemi Malik) under Ruth Pfau Women Institute for Leadership and Learning (WILL) organized an Inter-Departmental National Songs Competition to celebrate Diamond Jubilee celebrations of Independence Day of Pakistan.The event started with the welcome note of In-charge Department of Gender and Development Studies, Dr. Uzma Ashiq Khan, highlighting the efforts of Muslim Pakistani Women throughout the Movement of Independence and after Independence too. The worthy Vice Chancellor, Deans, Directors, HODs and Faculty Members from all over the university graced the event with their presence. The students from different departments presented National Songs to express their patriotic emotions and love for their country.
The worthy Vice Chancellor spoke to highlight the role of every citizen to make Pakistan a flourishing and prosperous country and appreciated the event. She emphasized the importance of responsibility and learning for youth. Ms. Uzma Batool (Registrar, LCWU), Dr. Huma Tauseef (Director Student Affairs, LCWU). Dr. Muhammad Afzal (Dean of faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, LCWU) were distinguished guests of the event. The faculty of Gender and Development studies and Sociology attended the event.

The event was hosted by Ms. Nayab Javed (Department of Gender & Development Studies) and Ms. Kiran Ikram (Department of Sociology). The Judges Committee was comprised of Prof. Dr Anjum Zia (Chairperson Mass Communication), Dr. Sobia Naseer (Chairperson, Department of Pakistan Studies), and Prof. Dr Riffat Saif Dar (Chairperson Visual Arts).Warda Shoukat (Department of Social Work) got first position, Sehrish Khan ( Department of International Relations) and Fatima Yaseen (Department of Sociology) got the second and third positions respectively. The winners of the competition were awarded by worthy Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr Bushra Mirza with the certificates and plants to promote the Green Pakistan. The event ended with the oath of making Pakistan a peaceful and prosperous country.

MOU Signing Ceremony between LCWU & Women Development Department 

Department of Gender and Development Studies organized MOU Signing Ceremony of Women Development Centre between LCWU & Women Development Department in Syndicate Hall, LCWU.

Governor of the Punjab, Government of the Punjab, Women Development Department & Prof. Dr. Bushra Mirza Vice Chancellor, Lahore College for Women University shall here n after collectively be referred to as the Parties, which have agreed to execute the MoU in accordance with the terms and conditions and furthermore strengthen their relation by establishment of Women Development Centre (WDC), to provide/facilitate about awareness for carrier development, entrepreneurship, online educational facilities and capacity building for further plans, in the premises of LCWU, Lahore on co-finance basis.

The Parties, in furtherance of individual goals, mutual benefits and through friendly consultations.

Dr. Uzma Ashiq Khan Incharge, Department of Gender and Development Studies welcomed all the Guests and Cheif Guests.

Following Govt. members visiting LCWU to attend ceremony;

1. Ms Ambreen Raza Secretary of Women Development Department, Punjab Lahore.

2. Ms. Sajeela Naveed Director, Directorate of Women Development Department, Punjab Lahore.

3. Mr. Ashfaq Bukhari Deputy Director DWD, Punjab Lahore.

4. Mr. Faisal Mushtaq Assistant Director DWD, Punjab Lahore.

5. Mr. Mohsan Iqbal Assistant Director DWD, Punjab Lahore.

One-Day Teachers Training Workshop “On increasing child sexual abuse in Pakistan and Role of Academia in training adolescents about self-protection”

Monday 26th August 2019:Department Gender and Development studies LCWU organized One-Day Teachers Training Workshop on increasing child sexual abuse in Pakistan and role of academia in training adolescents about self-protection, in collaboration with Pakistan Girls Guide Association and sponsored by Creative Alley on Monday 26th August 2019. Almost 40 plus people attended in workshop including participants, volunteers, internees, Pakistan Girls Guide staff members, executives and trainers of workshop.
In first session, Trainer Muniza Javed (Visiting Lecturer) from Lahore College for Women University gave a brief introduction about the agenda of teachers training workshop, the aims and objectives and the pivotal role of teachers in training adolescents about self-protection from child sexual abuse. Furthermore, she discussed the religious aspect of providing sexual education to adolescents and children to protect them from sexual abuse including sex education myths and realities, sex education in Islamic countries and sex education according to Islamic perspective along with awareness videos.
After that Ms. Salma Sajjad, Pakistan Girls Guide Association gave a briefing about Pakistan Girls Guide Association working and what role they are performing to provide sexual education to adolescents.

In second session, Ms. Asma Seemi Malik, Assistant Professor, Gender and Development Studies Dept. LCWU talked about Social and Cultural aspect of providing sexual education to children for self-protection including child sexual abuse an increasing social problem in Pakistan facts, figures, and laws, Teaching children to protect themselves and disclose abuse, preparing children for everyday life and identifying, preventing and stopping sexual abuse.

Urza Umer Representator from Creative Alley team and project manager girly things gave a comprehensive description about Creative Alley and girly things work.
In third session, Dr. Subha Malik, Head of Department, Gender and Development Studies, LCWU talked about psychological aspect of providing sexual education to children for self-protection including a video message, what psychology says about training adolescents for self-protection from sexual abuse, how it will be beneficial.

In fourth session, Ms. Farah Adil, Lecturer, Gender and Development Studies Dept, LCWU talked about Role of curriculum in eliminating Child Sexual Abuse along with an activity to boost the energy of the participants.

The workshop formally ended with Forum open for discussion and question answers, feedback recording and distribution of certificates to participants, volunteers, internees and trainers with token of thanks. 

Launching Ceremony of Clean & Green Campus Campaign

March 21, 2019: Women Institute for Leadership and Learning (WILL) of Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) in collaboration with strengthening participatory organization (SPO) has organized a launching ceremony of clean & green campus campaign pertaining to celebrations of International Water Day. This campaign aims to educate students about the importance of clean and green environment, the need of safe and clean water and about tackling the water crisis by addressing the reasons why so many people are unable to get access to safe and clean water. We have renowned and reputed guest speakers from different organizations who shared their valuable views. Ms Nayab Javed from Women Institute of Leadership and Learning (WILL) shared the importance of World Water Day. Guest Speakers Mr. Shahnawaz Khan, Regional Head, SPO, Mr. Farakat Ali, Provincial Coordinator, Water Aid Program, Ms Uzma Kardar, Member National Assembly, Dr. Anjum Zia, General Body Member, SPO/ HOD, Mass Communication Department, LCWU shared their views with us. Then there was an open discussion session and at the end Dr. Talat Sohail Director WILL in her closing remarks shared her views about the importance of International water day, showed her gratitude towards SPO for collaborating in this event and thanks to all honorable guest speakers.

International Women’s day Celebration Intercollegiate performing art competition

1st Day: Inter-departmental debating competition

March, 07, 2019:Women Institute for Leadership and Learning (WILL) of Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) in collaboration with strengthening participatory organization (SPO) has organized an Inter-departmental debating competition activity pertaining to celebrations of International Women’s day, 2019. This activity aims to make a consensus among young girls about raising their voices against increasing gender imbalances in society, to make them aware about the importance of gender balanced roles for the sake of achieving global sustainable development. Approx. 12 to 15 students have participated in this competition. Dr Shehla Ahmed Assistant Professor Department of gender and development studies has shared the background of the celebrations of International Women’s day and its 2019 theme with audience. Mr Shahnawaz Khan, Regional Head (SPO) Lahore has shared the working and efforts of this organization regarding gender empowerment. Miss Hifza Mahmood, Focal person SPO has shared the importance of gender and development studies students’ active involvement in maintaining gender balance in society. Dr Subha Malik HOD Gender and development studies in her closing remarks has appreciated the participation of debaters and showed her gratitude towards SPO for collaborating in this event and thanks to judges Ms Iram Shahid HOD Social work, Dr Qamar Fatima HOD Political Science and Dr Faleeha HOD of Persian.

March, 08, 2019:
Women Institute for Leadership and Learning (WILL) of Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) in collaboration with strengthening participatory organization (SPO) has organized an Intercollegiate performing art competition activity pertaining to celebrations of International Women’s day, 2019. This activity aims to make a consensus among youngster about raising their voices against increasing gender imbalances in society, to make them aware about the importance of gender balanced roles for the sake of achieving global sustainable development. Teams from Kinnard College, Samanabad College, and University of the Punjab and Lahore Garrison University have participated in this competition. Ms Muniza Javed from Women Institute for Leadership and Learning (WILL) shared the background of the celebrations of International Women’s day and its 2019 theme with audience. Mr Shahnawaz Khan, Regional Head (SPO) Lahore shared the working and efforts of this organization regarding gender empowerment. Ms Hifza Mahmood, Focal person SPO shared the importance of gender and development studies students’ active involvement in maintaining gender balance in society. The team from University of The Punjab got 1 st position, Kinnaird College for women team got 2nd position and Samanabad College for Women got 3 rd position in the competition. Overall, all the teams gave their best performances. Dr Subha Malik HOD Gender and development studies in her closing remarks appreciated the participation of debaters and showed her gratitude towards SPO for collaborating in this event and thanks to judges Ms Fareeha Basit HOD English Department, Ms Bushra Nadeem Director Student’s affairs and Dr Anjum Zia HOD Mass Communication.

Three Days International Conference on Gender December 3rd-5th 2018

3rd to 5th December 2018:The Department of Gender & Development Studies, Lahore College for Women University” organized a three day International Conference on Gender “Perspectives, Realities and Challenges” from 3rd to 5th December 2018 at Lahore College for Women University, Lahore. This conference aimed to bring together leading academicians, social scientists, researchers, practitioners and research scholars exchange and share their research experiences, results and recommendations on important aspects of Gender and Development Studies.

On 3rd December, 2018 at the opening ceremony if ICG-2018, Ms. Fouzia Waqar, Chairperson Punjab Commission on the status of Women attended the inaugural session as chief guest and emphasized that Punjab Commission is committed for women empowerment and working on reducing gender disparities in social, political and economic field. She extended her thanks to the Lahore College for Women University for hosting first international conference on gender studies. She further added some facts about the status of women and highlighted the initiatives taken by the Punjab Commission for better of women in Punjab. Vice Chancellor Lahore College for Women University, Prof. Dr. Farkhanda Manzoor chaired the opening session of the conference and expressed that this conference is an opportunity to gain understating about challenges in researching gender issues.

On 4th December, 2018 the second day, Mr. Mathew Vaughan talked on Gender and Global Peace. Additionally, numerous national and international presenters participated and almost 50 research papers presented in six scientific sessions at the conference. The speakers presented their papers on contemporary gender issues by covering the areas of Psychology of Gender, Gender Media & Cyber Spaces, Social Exclusion & Gender Based Violence, Leadership, Entrepreneurship & Economic Empowerment, Gender & Education and Gender Development & Law.

On 5th December 2018, the last day, two keynote speeches were delivered. Dr. Anoosh Khan, Head, Department of Gender Studies, University of Peshawar spoke highlighted the issues of reflexive intellectual Autobiography: From a field site for feedback. Furthermore, Dr. Ra’ana Malik, In-charge, Department of Gender Studies, University of the Punjab, Lahore emphasized on Women’s Mobility and Economic Empowerment. Moreover, a panel discussion was held under the topic of “Emerging perspectives in Gender Issues”. Panelists included Dr. Salma Hassan (GCU), Dr.Ali Hashmi (KE), Ms. Mumtaz Mughal (Aurat Foundation), Dr. Aman Jaffer (LUMS) & Dr. Ambreen Salahudin (UMT). They emphasized to sensitize the youth, both boys and girls regarding gender roles.They also highlighted the role of school psychologist to overcome the gender identity disorders among students. Further, Chief Guest Justice Nasira Javed Iqbal (R) added that mindset has been changed regarding women’s participation in the labor force to add in GDP and overall country’s development. She further talked about the efficacy of pro-women laws in Pakistan.In her closing remarks, Prof. Dr. Sarah Shahed, Director, Women Institute of Leadership and Learning said that presented research papers at the conference would help students and young scholars understand the dynamics of gender issues globally and locally. She also expressed her gratitude to the conference organizing team, heads of departments, the staff and students of Gender and Development Studies. She further concluded the session by terming the conference as an opportunity for young scholars to interact with well-known gender experts and learn from their knowledge and experiences. She expressed her gratitude to the national and international scholars, and distinguished guests who participated in the conference. She also thanked the staff from the various offices of Lahore College for Women University for their valuable support. Later, shields were distributed among the delegates.

16 Days of Activism regarding Violence Against Women
Celebrations of International Month of October for Breast Cancer Awareness

8th, 25th and 26th October 2018:Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women around the world. Considering its significance Women Institute of Leadership and Learning (WILL) conducts breast cancer awareness activities every year. October is internationally celebrated as breast cancer awareness month that aims to raise both funds and awareness of the issues surrounding breast cancer. This year WILL celebrated Pink Days on 8th, 25th and 26th October 2018, by conducting two seminars on breast cancer awareness among young girls and a bake sale for fund raising for the treatment of breast cancer patients.

On 8th October, 2018, a Breast Cancer Awareness Session in collaboration with Shaukat Khanum Cancer Memorial Hospital (SKMCH) was conducted by Women Institute for Leadership and Learning (WILL) at Seminar Hall Student Service Centre, Lahore College for Women University Lahore. Dr. Nimra Nadeem, 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. Faculty and students from different departments of LCWU attended the event.
   
Bake Sale: On 25th October 2018, there was a Bake Sale arranged by students of Gender and Development Studies, WILL-LCWU for fund raising for breast cancer patients in collaboration with Pink Ribbon Campaign Pakistan. In which a large number of material related to breast cancer awareness like posters, pink ribbons, panaflexes and pamphlets were disseminated and distributed among all department faculty members and students to spread the awareness about breast cancer in all the campus areas. Students displayed different stalls of food items, stalls of photography and stall related to breast cancer awareness material. Donation tickets, booklets, breast cancer awareness pamphlets, volunteer forms and newsletters of Pink Ribbon Campaign Pakistan were also distributed among the students of Gender and Development Studies, LCWU. Students and faculty members of LCWU donates generously and total 12,7000/- Rs. donation was collected for this noble cause.
   
Awareness Raising Lecture on Breast Cancer: On 26th October, 2018 an awareness raising lecture on breast cancer by Women Institute of Leadership and Learning (WILL), LCWU in collaboration with District Health  Authority, Lahore. The speakers of seminar shared the importance of taking healthy and pure, nutritious food for young girls. While sharing the importance of breast care and breastfeeding, they also highlight the fact that breastfeeding is a way to prevent the breast cancer.  

Three Days International Conference on Gender “Perspectives, Realities and Challenges” 3rd  to 5th  December 2018

The Department of Gender & Development Studies, Lahore College for Women University” organized a three day International Conference on Gender “Perspectives, Realities and Challenges” from 3rd  to 5th  December 2018 at Lahore College for Women University, Lahore. This conference aimed to bring together leading academicians, social scientists, researchers, practitioners and research scholars exchange and share their research experiences, results and recommendations on important aspects of Gender and Development Studies.

 

On 3rd December, 2018 at the opening ceremony if ICG-2018, Ms. Fouzia Waqar, Chairperson Punjab Commission on the status of Women attended the inaugural session as chief guest and emphasized that Punjab Commission is committed for women empowerment and working on reducing gender disparities in social, political and economic field. She extended her thanks to the Lahore College for Women University for hosting first international conference on gender studies. She further added some facts about the status of women and highlighted the initiatives taken by the Punjab Commission for better of women in Punjab.

 

Vice Chancellor Lahore College for Women University, Prof. Dr. Farkhanda Manzoor chaired the opening session of the conference and expressed that this conference is an opportunity to gain understating about challenges in researching gender issues.

 

On 4th December, 2018 the second day, Mr. Mathew Vaughan talked on Gender and Global Peace. Additionally, numerous national and international presenters participated and almost 50 research papers presented in six scientific sessions at the conference. The speakers presented their papers on contemporary gender issues by covering the areas of Psychology of Gender, Gender Media & Cyber Spaces, Social Exclusion & Gender Based Violence, Leadership, Entrepreneurship & Economic Empowerment, Gender & Education and Gender Development & Law.

 

On 5th December 2018, the last day, two keynote speeches were delivered. Dr. Anoosh Khan, Head, Department of Gender Studies, University of Peshawar spoke highlighted the issues of reflexive intellectual Autobiography: From a field site for feedback. Furthermore, Dr. Ra’ana Malik, In-charge, Department of Gender Studies, University of the Punjab, Lahore emphasized on Women’s Mobility and Economic Empowerment. Moreover, a panel discussion was held under the topic of “Emerging perspectives in Gender Issues”. Panelists included Dr. Salma Hassan (GCU), Dr.Ali Hashmi (KE), Ms. Mumtaz Mughal (Aurat Foundation), Dr. Aman Jaffer (LUMS) & Dr. Ambreen Salahudin (UMT). They emphasized to sensitize the youth, both boys and girls regarding gender roles. They also highlighted the role of school psychologist to overcome the gender identity disorders among students. Further, Chief Guest Justice Nasira Javed Iqbal (R) added that mindset has been changed regarding women’s participation in the labor force to add in GDP and overall country’s development. She further talked about the efficacy of pro-women laws in Pakistan.In her closing remarks, Prof. Dr. Sarah Shahed, Director, Women Institute of Leadership and Learning said that presented research papers at the conference would help students and young scholars understand the dynamics of gender issues globally and locally. She also expressed her gratitude to the conference organizing team, heads of departments, the staff and students of Gender and Development Studies. She further concluded the session by terming the conference as an opportunity for young scholars to interact with well-known gender experts and learn from their knowledge and experiences. She expressed her gratitude to the national and international scholars, and distinguished guests who participated in the conference. She also thanked the staff from the various offices of Lahore College for Women University for their valuable support. Later, shields were distributed among the delegates.

 

 

 

 

Report of Activities of November-December 2017 Organized by Ruth Pfau Women Institute of Leadership and Learning (WILL)

Activities pertaining to Celebrations of International 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence
16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is an international campaign to challenge violence against women and girls. The campaign runs every year from 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Gender, to 10 December, Human Rights Day. Unfortunately, Pakistan is the world’s most dangerous countries for women due to a barrage of threats ranging from violence and rape to dismal health care and “honor killings. Considering its significance Ruth Pfau Women Institute of Leadership and Learning (WILL) conducts activities related to Gender-Based Violence issues and their prevention every year. This year WILL celebrated Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence on 6th, 8th, 18th, 20th  and 22nd  December, 2017 in collaborations with Simorgh, Pak-US Alumni Network , White Ribbon Campaign Pakistan and the Provincial Commission on the Status of Women

Campaign against Violence and Hate Speech Against Women

On 6th December, 2017, there was a stall arranged for campaigning against Violence and Hate Speech Against Women by Ruth Pfau WILL-LCWU in collaboration with Pink Ribbon Campaign Pakistan. In which a large number of material related to Violence Against Women and Hate Speech for Women like posters, standees and pamphlets etc.was displayed for awareness raising among young girls. Students of LCWU have actively taken part by sharing recorded and documented their messages and thoughts about violence and hate speech against women and these issues would be overcome.

Training and Panel Discussion on Sexual Harassment

On  December 8, 2017, Department of Gender and Development Studies, Ruth Pfau WILL-LCWU organized a training and panel discussion on prevention of sexual harassment at the public and private sector in collaboration with Pak-US Alumni Network.  In first session, Mr. Rafiq Jaffer, Director, Institute of Social Science led the training on Back off: How to confront and stop sexual harassment. In this training, skills of assertiveness and coping strategies were shared and practiced. Moreover, facilitator discussed different forms of sexual harassment and situations. In the second session, speaker on panel discussion has stressed the need for capacity building trainings and implementation of laws on the prevention of sexual harassment in public and private sectors for the protection and empowerment of women in Pakistan. Ms. Hina  Saeed, from BBC moderated the session, whereas other speakers were Ms. Amra Mubasshar from PEPSI, Mr. Hassan Khan from Uber Pakistan and Ms. Ayesha Lari  from INTERWOOD. Mr. Iftikhar Hussain, President Lahore Chapter  Pak-US Alumni Network at the end presented vote of thanks.  Prof Dr. Sarah Shahed, Director Ruth Pfau  Women Institute  for Leadership and Learning said that education is the only tool that can be used for bringing about a positive societal change and preventing sexual harassment against women. Dr. Bushra Khan, Dean Social Sciences, LCWU also attended the event. This event was highly attended by faculty members and students of Lahore College for Women University.

Seminar on Violence Against Women

On 18th October, 2017, an awareness seminar on Seminar on Violence Against Women by Ruth Pfau WILL-LCWU in collaboration with the Punjab Commission on the Status of Women Ms. Zainab Jafri (Manager-PCSW) shared her views and experiences related violence against women issues. Ms. Aliya Ali Khan (Manager-PCSW) while delivering her presentation on PCSW projects working for the elimination of prevailing violences against women in Punjab. She shared the positive steps taken to deal with these issues at public and private levels. Participants students of LCWU raised their questions and shared their experiences related to incidences of VAW with speakers and asked for their advice and best strategies to deal with VAW issues.

the activity of Breast Cancer Awareness Session was conducted by Ruth Pfau Women Institute of Leadership and Learning (WILL), LCWU 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. At the end of event Prof. Dr. Sarah Shahed, Director, Ruth Pfau Women Institute of Leadership and Learning delivered her closing remarks. She expressed her gratitude to the event guests, SKMCH team, organizers, heads of departments and the staff and students of Gender and Development Studies for making the event successful.

On 27th October, 2017 an awareness raising lecture on breast cancer by Ruth Pfau Women Institute of Leadership and Learning (WILL), LCWU in collaboration with District Health  Authority, Lahore. The Session was formally started with recitation of Holy Quran. The Session was formally started with recitation of Holy Quran. Dr. Sabahat Sami, Govt. Rana Abdul Memorial Hospital Sodiwal Lahore  and Dr. Sabeen Nasir, Deputy Program Manager, Non Communicable Diseases the speakers of seminar shared that early screening and detection of breast cancer is essential in its management and treatment. Survival rates are improving in developed countries, but there is still a lot of improvement needed in poor resourced countries.

Training and Panel Discussion on Sexual Harassment

On  December 8, 2017, Department of Gender and Development Studies, Ruth Pfau Women Institute for Leadership and Learning, LCWU organized a training and panel discussion on prevention of sexual harassment at the public and private sector in collaboration with Pak-US Alumni Network.  In first session, Mr. Rafiq Jaffer, Director, Institute of Social Science led the training on Back off: How to confront and stop sexual harassment. In this training, skills of assertiveness and coping strategies were shared and practiced. Moreover, facilitator discussed different forms of sexual harassment and situations. In the second session, speaker on panel discussion has stressed the need for capacity building trainings and implementation of laws on the prevention of sexual harassment in public and private sectors for the protection and empowerment of women in Pakistan. Ms. Hina  Saeed, from BBC moderated the session, whereas other speakers were Ms. Amra Mubasshar from PEPSI, Mr. Hassan Khan from Uber Pakistan and Ms. Ayesha Lari  from INTERWOOD. Mr. Iftikhar Hussain, President Lahore Chapter  Pak-US Alumni Network at the end presented vote of thanks.  Prof Dr. Sarah Shahed, Director Ruth Pfau  Women Institute  for Leadership and Learning said that education is the only tool that can be used for bringing about a positive societal change and preventing sexual harassment against women. Dr. Bushra Khan, Dean Social Sciences, LCWU also attended the event. This event was highly attended by faculty members and students of Lahore College for Women University.

Three Days International Conference on Global Gender Perspective November 14 -16, 2016

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.

Designing and Planning Safe Cities and Safe Public Spaces for Women

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.

Poster Competition

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.

International Mental Health Day Celebrations

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.

Women Institute of Leadership & Learning

One of the key functions of the Women Institute of Leadership and Learning is to establish networks and collaboration with women institutions and organizations in order to support women empowerment in all spheres of life.

Establishment of Day Care Centre

Women Institute of Leadership and Learning (WILL) Lahore College for Women University has established Day Care Centre after having a grant from Punjab Day Care Fund Society. The Center is the state of the art Centre. Around 25 children of different age groups are enrolled of both the teaching and non-teaching faculty members. Ms Hameeda Waheeda-ud-Din Minister Women Development Punjab inaugurated the center on 2nd March 2015.

Activity pertaining celebrations of 8th March 2015 International Women Day

Awareness Session on Protection against Harassment of Women at Workplace Act 2010 an

Women Institute of Leadership and Learning organized an awareness session on Protection against Harassment of Women at Workplace Act 2010 on 5th March 2015 at the Department of Gender and Development Studies. Ms Zille Zahra and Ms Asma Semi were the facilitators of this session. At the start of the session, the students were given a survey form with some short questions on Sexual Harassment Act to guage their awareness level. The facilitators told students about the different clauses of the Sexual Harassment Act, 2010, the procedure of complaints and the penalties for accused.

Interactive Session on Punjab Women Empowerment Package 2010

An interactive session was arranged to discuss Punjab Women Empowerment Package 2010 on 6th March 2015 at the Department of Gender and Development Studies. Ms Madiha Nadeem and Ms Farah Adil were the facilitators of this session. The purpose of this session was to aware students about the different initiatives taken under Women Empowerment Package 2012 that includes women’s legal rights, health, education, employment and political rights and privileges. The awareness brochures were distributed among students with the information on Women Empowerment Package 2012. Students were told that these initiatives are taken to facilitate women in all spheres of lives, but their implementation is possible only when women have the awareness of the laws.

The Social Action Projects

Realizing the responsibility of promoting the rights of the marginalized sections of society, BS students of Department of Gender and Development planned and executed their several social action projects in different areas. This year following eight projects were executed;

·         Do for one what you wish you could do for everyone at Darul Shafqat for boys,

·         Reduce Isolation through self-Encouragement (RISE) at Darul Shafqat for Girls,

·         Education for the security of future at Singhpura,

·         Science speaks and sounds for them at Annayat Foundation,

·         Let’s rise and shine together at G-O-R lll quarter’s children,

·         One team one dream at Garhishahu society,

·         Confidence leads to success at APWA college,

·         Formation of model day care center at LCWU.

The aims of these projects were to develop confidence and interpersonal and life sustaining skills (like cloths stitching, embroidery, make-up etc) among orphan girls, to make women aware of democracy and promote skills for the elevation of their living standards and to develop positivity in boys’ thinking, raising their self-esteem by showing care, providing opportunities to participate in healthy and valuable skills such as basic skills of gardening, electricians and computer. Additionally, awareness about the importance of the education was given and hearing aids were also distributed about the special children.

This year two community projects have been initiated in collaboration with BB Chair based on reasons behind making laws for women protection and their benefits and other is about violence against women: a picture in public and private sectors. Additionally, a project about the hazards of Seesha use on boys and girls is going to be initiated by Gender and Development Studies Department’s faculty.

By MS Students of Gender and Development Studies Department

This year two community projects are initiated in collaboration of BB Chair which based on reasons behind making laws for women protection and what are their benefits and on violence against women a picture in public and private sectors. One community project about the hazards of Seesha use on boys and girls is also initiated by Gender and Development Studies Department faculty.

Interactive Session to Promote Sufi Massage of Peace and Tolerance among youth through Art of Qawwali Learning

Women Institute of Leadership and Learning organized an interactive workshop on the art of Qawwali learning in collaboration with Simorgh Women’s Resource and Publication Centre on 26th March, 2015 at the Department of Gender and Development Studies. The main purpose of conducting this workshop was to make youth recognize the diversity of South Asian culture.

Entrepreneurial Community Projects.

The students of the 6th semester, Department of Gender and Development Studies, LCWU have exhibited their entrepreneurial projects as a compulsory part of their subject “Entrepreneurial Skills Development” on 21st May 2015. Different projects like event management, jewelry making, trading, food items, clothing and photography were taken up. The main purpose of this activity was to give the students the feel as to how they can take initiative to start their own business. Such activities give encouragement to other girls too to promote their skills  for their future career as well.

Collaboration and Linkages:

Foreigner Academic Linkage

1.      George Washington University

Partnership with George Washington University, USA

Department of Gender and Development Studies is in 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

National Linkages

1.      SMEDA

2.      Women Empowerment Group (Pink Ribbon Campaign Pakistan)

3.      Strengthening Participatory Organization (SPO)

Memorandum of Understanding signing between Lahore College for Women University and United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women

Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between Lahore College for Women University and United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) on February 27th, 2015. Ms. Moneeza Hashmi (BB Chair, WILL) played the pivotal role in making this collaboration possible.

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. Dr. Subha Malik, Ms. Uzma Ashiq, Ms. Farah Adil, Ms. Fareeha Anjum, Ms. Syeda Maryam Batool and Ms. Madiha Nadeem completed the course.

LCWU Faculty Visit of George Washington University, USA

In the month of March, 2015 three faculty members from Gender & Development Studies department visited George Washington University, Washington-DC, USA under three year LCWU-GWU international Academic Partnership as short term scholars. The three faculty members of Gender and Development Studies who visited GWU were as follows:

  1. Ms. Asma Seemi Malik, Assistant Professor, BS Coordinator and PhD Scholar
  2. Ms. Fareeha Anjum, Lecturer and MS Scholar
  3. Ms. Shehla Ahmad, Lecturer, MS Coordinator and PhD Scholar

During their three weeks stay in GWU they underwent many of activities including PhD curriculum development, observation of classes to induct effective teaching, person to person ties, and a seminar presentation on “Women’s Leadership in Pakistan- beyond Stereotypes and Myths”. 

Prof. Dr. David D. Gow, George Washington University, visited the Department of Gender & Development Studies

Under the GWU-LCWU partnership, program Prof. Dr. David D. Gow, Baker Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and International Affairs, George Washington University visited the Department of Gender & Development Studies, Lahore College for Women University, 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. This course consisted of academic readings, discussions, and students’ individual research projects. All the faculty of Gender and Development Studies attended the program.

Prof. Dr. Shaista Khilji from George Washington University visited LCWU

Prof. Dr. Shaista Khilji from George Washington University visited LCWU in the month of April, 2015. Dr Khilji delivered workshops and trainings in different areas such as PhD Curriculum Review and Development, Professional Development workshop for LCWU faculty, Leadership Education workshop for LCWU faculty for developing leadership, Development Programs for local women communities, Train the Trainer workshop, and Scholarly Writing Workshop for LCWU Faculty.  

Visit of Director WILL to GWU, Washington USA October 2015

Prof Dr. Sarah Shahed attended the US- Pakistan University Partnership Workshop held in Washington DC, USA from 26th October to  2nd November 2015. The workshop was attended by around 60 participants representing US universities, Pakistani universities, Higher Education Commission, and the State Department. The certificates of participation were distributed at the Pakistan embassy in Washington DC by H.E Mr. Jalil Abbas, the Ambassador of Pakistan in the US.  Dr. Sarah Shahed was invited by the Global Gender Program of George Washington University to deliver a talk on the Discipline and Teaching of Gender Studies in Pakistan. The event, held on 4th November 2015, was attended by students and scholars from different walks of life. The audience was impressed by the reported status of teaching and research in the discipline.

Pink Day at Lahore College for Women University in Collaboration with Shaukat Khanum Cancer Hospital and Pink Ribbon Pakistan

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 patient and Breast Cancer awareness seminar in collaboration with Shaukat Khanum Cancer Hospital. 

Activities pertaining the celebrations of 16 Days of Activism for ending Violence against Women 2015 by Women Institute of Leadership and Learning

Interactive Session on Early Child Marriage

An awareness session on “Early Child Marriages” was organized in collaboration with Madadgaar National Helpline on 18th November 2015. Ms Ayesha Saddique, Field Officer and Ms Fatima Khan, Youth Coordinator, Madadgaar Helpline as the resource persons has shared video documentaries and presentation on early child marriages and its effects on girl child health with almost 90 participant students of Gender and Developments Studies department.

Lecture on “Research Methodology and the Feminist Perspective”

An interactive lecture on “Research Methodology and the Feminist Perspective” conducted in collaboration with Simorgh Women’s Resource and Publication Centre on 27th November, 2015 in which was attended by students of MS I, and faculty of Gender and Development Studies Department and Psychology Department. The resource person Ms. Neelum Hussain, Executive Officer, Simorgh has delivered a presentation on which included the facts of Research Methodology, with a specific discussion on feminist research methods, and how one can improve of research by employing the right tools.

Seminar on “Role of Youth and Violence against Women”

A seminar on “Role of Youth and Violence against Women” organized in collaboration with Strengthening Participatory Organization (SPO) on 1-12-2015; more 250 Intermediate College students were the participants of this seminar. Mr. Michael H. Cognato, Political and Economic Officer, U.S. Consulate General, Lahore; Dr. Zarqa Taimoor, Human Rights and Political Activist; Ms Mumtaz Mughal, Resident Director Aurat Foundation, Salman Abid, Regional Head SPO, Punjab and Prof Dr. Sarah Shahed, Director WILL were the spoke persons of this seminar.

Theatre performance on Gender Roles

A theatre performance on “Gender Roles” in collaboration with Strengthening Participatory Organization (SPO) on 2nd December 2015 students from various departments and intermediate college has shown great interested at this event. The Channan Theatre group depicted the story of character Rani and her husband. And how they both succeeded in managing their responsibilities by performing gender-neutral roles.

Seminar on “Women’s Rights are Human Rights”  

In collaboration with the Punjab Commission on Status of Women (PCSW) and White Ribbon Campaign Pakistan awareness Seminar was organized on 10 December 2015. The Panel of this seminar was consisted of high profile guest speakers, which included Salman Abid, Regional Head SPO, Fauzia Viqar, Chairperson Punjab Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW), Bushra Aziz, SHO Women Police Station, Omer Aftab, CEO White Ribbon Campaign Pakistan, Asma Hamid, Additional Advocate General, Capt. Dr. Waseem Haider, Medico-Legal Head Surgeon, Prof Dr. Sarah Shahed, Director WILL and Shunila Ruth, Human Rights activist/MPA. All speakers shared their views and experiences related violence against women issues and shared the positives steps taken to deal with these issues at public and private levels.

International Conference “Empowering Women through Political Participation & Empowering Politics through Women’s Participation” July 30th 2015

The Elliot school of international affairs, George Washington University organized an international conference titled “Empowering Women through Political Participation & Empowering Politics through Women’s Participation” on July 30th 2015.Three papers were presented by LCWU faculty Paper titled “Legislation and Policies for Promoting Political Empowerment of Women in Pakistan” was presented by Ms Maryam Batool, co-authors were Professor Dr. Sarah Shahed and Ms Madiha Nadeem, The second paper was presented by Ms Uzma Ashiq Khan, paper titled “Women as Social and Political Leaders”, and third paper was presented by Ms Zille Zahra, paper title: “Women’s Movements in Pakistan: Activism to Politics”.

Paper Presented and Published by the Faculty of WILL in the year 2015

Faculty and students of Gender and Development Studies presented four papers in 14th International Conference of Psychology (ICP 2015) titled as "The Current Challenges for Psychology: From Crisis to Sustainable Solutions" 19th-21st March 2015. The names of those faculty members are Prof. Dr. Sarah Shahed, Ms. Shehla Ahmad, Ms. Zille Zahra Naqvi and Ms. Madiha Nadeem and Ms Makiya Aslam (student).

The Faculty of Gender and Development Studies have published six papers in the year 2015 in various national and international journals. The names of the faculty members are; Prof. Dr. Sarah Shahed, Ms. Zille Zahra, Ms. Samina Riaz, Ms. Asma Seemi Malik, Ms. Uzma Ashiq Khan and Dr. Subha Malik

Sessions Chair

Prof. Dr. Sarah Shahed chaired the “Health Psychology “session at 14th  International Conference of Psychology (ICP 2015) “The Current Challenges for Psychology: From Crisis to Sustainable Solutions" on March 19, 2015 and chaired the “Mental Health” session at 1st National Conference on “Indigenizing Clinical Psychology Issues and Challenges” on 17 December, 2015.

Poster Competition

Students won the first prize in Poster Competition at GC University, Lahore in April 2011 on "Gender and Psychosocial issues".

Play “Rija”- Violence against women

Third position was awarded to the Play “Rija” related to Violence against women in December 2009, at Kinnaird College for Women.

Workshop conducted by DASTAK

 Student participated in training workshop conducted by DASTAK - an NGO working for rehabilitation.