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AIOU holds national conference on gender studies.

Islamabad -- Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) here on Wednesday held a first-ever national conference on Gender Studies to promote academic research, relating to females' role and contribution in the country's socio-economic development.

Inaugural session of the two-day event was largely attended by the academicians and researchers from all over the country. Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Shahid Siddiqui announced on the occasion that the AIOU will soon publish a research journal on Gender and Women Studies to promote the cause of women. Such event will be made an annual feature, and next year an international conference will be organized to construct and disseminate knowledge so as to enhance respect and social status of females, he added.

Renowned academician and political scientist Dr. Saba Gul Kattack was the chief guest at the opening session, while Dr. Hazir Ullah, Chairman department of sociology, International Islamic University was the key-note speaker who made a thorough review and comparative study of the social status and position of the women in the country.

Saba Gul said that giving proper recognition to women is imperative for the development of healthy and prosperous society. Structural and legal barriers in the way of their empowerment must be removed, she added.

During the two-day's proceedings, the participants will deliberate upon prevailing perception, practices and possibilities relating to gender's equality and equity.

Dr. Shahid Siddiqui, while highlighting the AIOU's role in enhancing women's participation in the educational field said the percentage of their enrolled students have reached to around 56 percent, among total strength of 1.3 million.

The University has been providing gender education in the different disciplines, since the establishment of its department of Gender and Women Studies about twenty years back. He hoped the conference will provide an opportunity to researchers and scientists to present their studies, exchange experiences, discuss proposals and disseminate results.

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Publication:The Frontier Star (Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan)
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Date:Aug 10, 2017
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