Department of Development Studies, 16 March 2011
A mega event marking “International Women’s Day” was organized by the Department of Development Studies (DS), COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT), Abbottabad on March 16, 2011. Faculty and Students of the DS Department as well as members of FUNKADA jointly planned, organized and carried out the event, which comprised information and awareness talks, role play, slide show and panel discussion. Students and faculty members from almost all the departments of CIIT Abbottabad, delegates of Norwegian University of Life Sciences, staff members of the Police Department, students from numerous schools and colleges of Abbottabad and other personnel participated and attended the informative yet colorful event.
The event started with recitation from the Holy Quran by Mr. Mairaj followed by Naat recited by Mr. Razi. Dr. Bahadar Nawab (HOD, DS) welcomed the audience and gave a brief introduction of the History and Importance of International Women’s Day. Dr. Rehana Rashid (HOD, Chemistry) appraised the audience regarding objectives of Women’s Day celebrated by all the developed and developing countries and gave an account of women rights in the light of Islam.
Realization of women issues and importance of women education in the development of societies was highlighted by an enlightening and thought provoking role, played by the students of Development Studies and members of FUNKADA. An excellent display of conventional life stages, adulthood, schooling, marital life and professional life of women, along with problems faced and struggles embarked in every stage was highlighted in the play, which was followed by a slide show clearly displaying the potentials of women folk and the achievements of today’s woman in all forms of professions. Mr. Zarak Khan from FUNKADA colored the event even brighter with his live song with the title of “My Mother”.
The event also took into account an informative and sensational panel discussion with panelists coming from professions of Academia, Police and the Non Government sector. Mr. Qazi Ijaz Nabi, Lecturer, Department of Humanities, CIIT Abbottabad, elaborated on women rights and the need to prosper women community as taught by Islam. One female faculty member and one female student of CIIT Abbottabd highlighted the need for realization of women issues and enlisted issues faced by women in academic institutions and shed light on how to mobilize women to create a better society. Women members of the Police department proudly presented their contributions to their profession and talked about problems faced by them to reach this position. One student of the Development Studies Department deliberated on the massive issues faced by disabled women and gave concrete suggestion regarding how to convert each individual into a meaningful and dignified part of the society.
Panel Discussion was followed by a short talk delivered by one member of the Norwegian delegation, Dr. Ingrid Nyborg, who, through her robust experience of working on gender issues in Pakistan, focused on what needs to be done in order to sensitize communities towards women empowerment and future prospects. Professor Dr. Khan Gul Jadoon, Director, CIIT Abbottabad during his speech shared his personal experience and exemplified the role of women, as mother, sister, daughter and wife, to create a successful man and a progressive family. Dr. Shehla Amjad, Chairperson, Development Studies, CIIT Abbottabad gave the vote of thanks and formally closed the sessions of this event.
International Women’s Day was concluded by an awareness walk, through the entire University. Participants of the walk, raised banners and charts highlighting quotes, verses and women rights and conveyed a message of the “Importance of Women empowerment and its potential impacts on the upcoming generations”.