Gender & Development Studies


The Gender and Development Studies Department at LCWU started functioning in 2004. It was established with the efforts of Prof Dr Sarah Shahid (Head of the Department). The major objective of the department, besides imparting education in a newly emerging discipline, is to inculcate awareness, assertiveness, self-confidence, and entrepreneurial zeal in the students. The students of the department excel in curricular and co-curricular activities, have established their own NGOs, and have been successfully executing their income generation projects. Department of Gender and Development Studies is working under the leadership of our Vice Chancellor, Prof. Dr. Bushra Mirza. GDS Department, LCWU, established linkages & research collaboration and signed an LOI with (SERD) AIT, Thailand under the HEC funded project “Strengthening of Faculties of LCWU”. Previously, GDS Department has completed successfully three-year partnership with George Washington University, USA. It has collaboration with numerous organizations i.e. SIMORGH, Pink Ribbon, Action Aid, Sangat Organization, Shaukat Khanum Cancer Memorial, the United Nation Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. It has signed MoUs at national level with different NGOs e.g. Punjab Commission on the Status of Women 6th November 2017, SPO 24th October 2014, SMEDA 7 March 2012, APWA 20th March 2015, Women's Empowerment Group 25 November 2013. After Prof Dr Sarah Shahid, Dr Subha Malik lead the Department and currently Dr. Uzma Ashiq Khan is the Incharge of the Department of Gender and Development Studies. Under her leadership, MOU has been signed with Women Development Department (WDD). Department is also working on project achieved by GDS, i.e., Women Development Centre (WDC) by Women Development Department (WDD) Government of Punjab. Moreover, recently there is a collaboration between GDS, LCWU & Forman Christian College:  A chartered University (FCCU) for Capacity Building in Gender Studies Under US- Pakistan University Partnership Grants Program 29, September 2021.