Pakistani Women are at Forefront with Kashmiri Women leadership in their struggle for freedom, Reiterates the Fatima Jinnah Women University Leadership

Rawalpindi: To commemorate the “International Women’s Day” of Students Affairs Office of Fatima Jinnah Women University has organized a seminar entitled “Women in Leadership: Achieving an equal future in a Covid-19 World. Ms Mushaal Hussain Malik , Ms. Rozina Raja and Mr. Abdullah Mehmood attended the seminar.

In her welcome note, Dr. Saima Hamid, highlighted the history and significance of the International Women's Day. She said the world has made unprecedented advances, but no country can achieve gender equality without the sound investment and strategic planning in women development. She said that investment in women education will bring a change in society and in the long run it will be beneficial for the country's overall economic development. She also highlighted and appreciated the efforts of Faculty and students of FJWU during COVID 19 and how successfully they adopted eLearning and played a significant role in the continuation of academic activities at campus.She also highlighted the challenges faced by women during pandemic and presented the empirical evidence which proved that women leaders have done a better job than men during this crisis. Women leaders turned out to be better innovators, stress managers, decision makers in many fields, she added. She also appreciated the struggles of Kashmiri women in their fight for freedom.

Speaking on the occasion, Ms. Rozina Raja, Regional Operation Head First Women Bank said that this seminar is an effort to celebrate the tremendous abilities of women around the world in shaping an equal future for all of us and especially the way they fought and recovered from the COVID 19. Pakistani women bring diversity of thoughts, experience and behaviour in the country which are a critical component of corporate success, she added.

Ms. Mushaal Hussain Malik, Chairperson Peace & Culture Organisation talked about the challenges and resilience shown by the Women Leadership in Kashmir. She highlighted the current situation in the Indian-held Kashmir. She informed, that unfortunately, humiliation of women has been used as an instrument of war by Indian security forces in the Indian-occupied Kashmir and the international community should take appropriate measures to provide help to the Kashmiri women. Thousands of Kashmiri women have been widowed or their husbands have been missing for their sin of having a dream of free land. The children have been orphaned by the Indian forces or living lives in fear of never seeing them again. She urged the student to stand with Kashmiri women to support their struggle for their rights of self-determination.

M. Abdullah Mehmood, Additional Deputy Commissioner, said that economic empowerment is the real empowerment and freedom and women should get education to be independent in real terms. He was of the view that women should come forward in every field of life. He further informed about the new initiative of multi sectoral policy taken by the Punjab government in ensuring the women participation in leadership and decision making.

Ms. Shahla Tabassum Head of Department Gender Studies in her online session talked about the abilities of women such as leadership, team building, risk taking and flexibility.She thanked all the members and the Worthy Vice chancellor in initiating this much needed seminar in Fatima Jinnah Women University.