Funded by Uks Research Centre
Uks organised panel discussions in Islamabad and Karachi to commemorate the International Day of Democracy and 70 years of Pakistan. Speakers for the Islamabad panel discussion included Senator Sherry Rehman, Chairperson, National Commission on the Status of Women, Ms Khawar Mumtaz and Senior Anchorperson on Current Affairs Ms Asma Shirazi. Setting the stage for the panel discussion, a digital story “Women of Pakistan: the Past and Present” was screened [Watch Here]. Funded by Nabeela Aslam for Uks Research Centre, the digital story paid tribute to the resilient and courageous women who fought against feudal bureaucracy and military dictatorships. Leading movements and raising their voices against the violation of citizen’s rights these women fought parallel battles with misogyny and patriarchal mind-sets. The event in Karachi also began with the screening of the digital story followed by a panel discussion. Karachi panelists were human and women rights activist and journalist Ms. Hilda Saeed, Digital rights defender and journalist Ms. Fareiha Aziz and human rights lawyer Ms. Maleeha Zia Lari. Each one of them shared their own take on whether women of Pakistan had progressed or regressed in the last 70 years. It was interesting to listen to the personal and professional experiences of the panelists on the role and status of women in all these years. There was a lively Q&A session moderated by Ms. Tasneem Ahmar. Those present at the event included Zohra Yusf, Sheema Kirmani, Javed Jabbar, Ghazi Salahuddin, Rumana Husain, Afia Salam.