WOW Talks
Saturday, 02 December 2017 -
12:30 to 13:30

Women’s participation in the workforce, outside the home, has been increasing steadily but there are still limits on the kinds of jobs they can access. We discuss the constraints faced by women in earning a living and advancing their careers, issues of discrimination in gendered workspaces, and what it takes to juggle paid work with care-giving duties at home.

Moderated by Dr. Faiza Mushtaq.

In English and Urdu, with Sign Language translation available.

Suitable for all ages.

About the speakers

Dr. Faiza Mushtaq

Dr. Faiza Mushtaq is a sociologist and Chairperson of the Department of Social Sciences and Liberal Arts at IBA, Karachi. She has a PhD in Sociology from Northwestern University. Her areas of research and teaching include culture, social movements, gender, religion and organizations.

Saima Qamar

Saima Qamar is one of the most prominent figures in Pakistan’s market research industry, with more than 25 years of work experience in brand strategy innovations, communications development, marketing and media effectiveness, and executive leadership. She has played a key role in launching Millward Brown products in Pakistan and bringing leading marketing research group Kantar to Pakistan, which she currently heads. She is one of the founding members of the Market Research Society of Pakistan.

Farzana Ali

Farzana Ali is the Bureau Chief for Aaj News TV in Peshawar. She has worked on human rights, psycho-social and terrorism related issues. Farzana received a lot of praise for her live television broadcast titled Hot Frontier from Peshawar and different conflict zones in Khyber-Pukhtunkhawa during the war. She has produced some documentaries and also written stories under the title Bleeding Eve, which were based on women who suffered during episodes of devastating flooring and war.

Dr. Dilshad Ashraf

Dilshad Ashraf is an associate professor at the Aga Khan University-Institute for Educational Development (AKU-IED) in Karachi. Dr Ashraf’s scholarship and teaching is centrally concerned with gender issues within academia, the education sector and beyond. In her role as the gender focal person for AKU-IED’s Strengthening Teacher Education in Pakistan (STEP) program, she has worked extensively to implement gender equity commitments at all levels of the public education system in selected districts of Sindh and Baluchistan. She is a member of the Government of Sindh’s Gender Working Group and AKU’s Working Group for Women. Dr. Ashraf was lead editor for the recently published book Educational Policies in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Tajikistan: Contested Terrain in Twenty-first Century.

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