The Women Development Centre of the University of Home Economics (UHE) Lahore, organized a seminar titled “Instilling Civic Values in Students: Conversations on Gender, Marginalization and Social Policy of Pakistan”.
Sumaira Samad, Secretary of the Women Development Department, Punjab, expressed her appreciation for the Women Development Centre’s pivotal role in the advancement of young women, applauding its efforts in shaping well-rounded individuals. She said legislative initiatives helped in protecting women’s rights across the Punjab.
Prof. Dr. Faleeha Zahra Kazmi, Vice-Chancellor, shared her visionary thoughts about the Women Development Centre, emphasizing its commitment to empowering women and promoting gender equality. Her closing remarks underscored the importance of fostering a sense of civic responsibility and social awareness among students.
Dr. Ayra Indrias Patras, Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science, FCCU, brought a thought-provoking discussion to the table, focusing on her book ‘Swept Aside: A Story of Christian Sweepers in Lahore’. Her insightful exploration shed light on the challenges faced by marginalized communities and the importance of addressing such issues in our society.
Dr. Sara Raza Jafree, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology at Forman Christian College University (FCCU), delivered a comprehensive presentation on her book titled ‘Social Policy for Women in Pakistan’. Her expertise in the subject provided attendees with valuable insights into policies aimed at promoting gender equality and social justice.
Saeeda Diep, Executive Director at the Centre for Peace and Secular Studies, addressed the gathering with a focus on civic values and the role universities play in nurturing a sense of tolerance and civic responsibility among students.
Dr. Iram Rubab, the Director of the Women Development Centre, shared the vision of this Centre and presented its progress report, the seminar was moderated by Ms. Laiba Butt, the Focal Person of the Women Development Centre.