Change in male mind-set, education and employment essential for women empowerment: Dr. Burfat

Jamshoro, March 10, 2019 (PPI-OT): A women rights seminar was held at University of Sindh Jamshoro to mark the 42nd International Women’s Day under the UN-set world theme ‘Balance for Better’ to accentuate women’s rights in society here on Friday. The seminar was organized by Institute of Gender Studies of the varsity in collaboration with Research and Development Foundation (RDF).

VC-SU Prof. Dr. Fateh Muhammad Burfat presided over the seminar, whereas; Additional Secretary Education (Research and Development), Government of Sindh Abdul Aleem Lashari was the Chief Guest and Project Director Research and Development Foundation (RDF) Syed Kazim Shah Lakyari Guest of Honour at this occasion.

Addressing the seminar participants the vice chancellor Prof. Dr. Fateh Muhammad Burfat said that women in Pakistan were still far from freedom and empowerment; adding that while he conducted his PhD research on rural women of Sindh, his questions included items like the choices, say and leisure women either had or did not have; he was shocked to receive majority answers in negation.

“True liberation of women can come from women’s socio-economic and gender emancipation initiatives. Only an annual celebration on a single day is not enough to mark women’s importance in society. We will therefore be organizing round the year seminars and symposiums and invite the female students to lead and participate in poster, essay writing, short story, debate, street theatre, and skits based on themes related to women emancipation and empowerment and the prizes would be distributed to those who would excel in these competitions”, the vice chancellor said.

Dr. Burfat remarked that University of Sindh was one of those proud campuses in the country where there was zero presence of any anti-women rules, regulations, practices or culture. He said SU was a women-friendly university with highest regard, most comfortable zone and maximum space for women to work and thrive in a stress-free environment.

Event Chief Guest Abdul Aleem Lashari stressed the importance of women handicrafts, women industries and the increasing role of women in the current complex and challenging economic scenario in Pakistan and the world. “For women empowerment, the universities-industries nexus is necessary; we can provide higher education to the women, but the industrialists must come forward to create the sources of livelihood for them in order to help them get on their feet”, Lashari said.

Mr. Lashari also spoke on how the varsity girls could find out their hidden talents by knowing themselves, enhancing skills to tune and shape their abilities themselves for a better future.

Guest of Honour and Project Director Research and Development Foundation (RDF) Syed Kazim Shah Lakyari underlined the need for educating women so that they could play an active role in the development of the country adding that the goals of development could not be achieved without educating and mainstreaming women as equal partners.

Institute of Gender Studies Director and event host Prof. Dr. Misbah Bibi Qureshi in her welcome note said that women were equal to men in every way even in the concept of nationhood and any attempt to isolate, deprive or marginalize them of their due rights should not be tolerated.

“Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Shaheed in her capacity as the first premier of the Islamic World had always led from the front in nation’s quest for progress, prosperity, peace and equality”, Dr. Qureshi said.

Those who participated in the seminar included Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences Prof. Dr. Zareen Abbasi, SU Media Office Incharge Dr. Ghulam Ali Buriro, SU ISO Cell incharge Dr. Ameer Ali Abro, Institute teachers Aftab Hussain Rajar, Sadaf Saeed Soomro, Najma Gopang and a large number of faculty, officers, employees, students, civil society activists and women rights campaigners.

Senior institute faculty Dr. Ameer Ali Buriro moderated the proceedings of the program. On the other hand, an equally important seminar on the theme of Women Empowerment was also held at Pakistan Study Centre of the varsity which also was presided over by SU vice chancellor Prof. Dr. Fateh Muhammad Burfat with Dean Faculty of Social Sciences Prof. Dr. Zareen Abbasi as Guest of Honor whereas, the day’s speakers included SU Incharge Anti-Harassment Cell Prof. Dr. Naseem Aslam Channa, SSP Jamshoro Muhammad Touqeer Naeem, Editor Humsari Magazine Zahida Abro, Incharge Women Protection Cell Marvi Asif Awan, Advocate Sindh High Court Mahreen and the event host Director SU-PSC Prof. Dr. Shuja Ahmed Mahesar.

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