At the heart of WOW are the conversations we need to have, led by people who have created change in their countries and in their communities. These sessions explore many of the issues faced today by all those working towards a more gender equal world.

Women Empowerment and Sustainable Development

Saturday, 14 December 2019 - 11:15 am - 12:15 pm - Main Garden

Moderated by: Domino Pateman

Panelists:  Yasmin Lari, Ayesha Tammy Haq, Moneeza Ahmed and Fatima Majeed

The discussion aims to look at how policies for women and environment are formulated, what is their language and the involvement of women in decision making in Pakistan (and what have the big wins been in each sector). Debates on climate change are mostly dominated by men and leading for the policy and solutions to be focused on technology rather than proper adaptation and mitigation keeping all gender spectrums into account. Female scientists claim that by framing climate change as an issue of ‘hard’ natural scientific conduct and natural security, it is kept within the traditional domains of hegemonic masculinity.

Pulling In VS Stomping Out - The distinction between success and leadership in sports

Saturday, 14 December 2019 - 12:15 pm - 01:00 pm - Jasmine

Moderated by: Mashal Hussain 

Panelists: Khadija Kazmi, Veena Masud and Naseem Hameed 

This panel is curated to celebrate/talk to women who have become leaders in sports and have played their part in supporting/training other athletes in the field. Leadership in sports does not get its due recognition, hence, this discussion will shed light on the many ways, women have become the driving force for female athletes.

The future of traditional craft

Saturday, 14 December 2019 - 02:30 pm - 03:30 pm - Main Garden

Moderated by: Kendall Robbins

Panelists: Sosan Aziz, Sonya Batla, Haniya Mansoor and Yasmin Lari

A discussion on the future of traditional craft and related businesses and what this means for women and makers in disadvantaged positions. In the CPEC era, with the climate strikes occurring around the world, and with modern digital glut and greater awareness of modern slavery in factory settings, this is a critical conversation. The panel will connect to larger global conversations about how traditional labour is valued (particularly in relatively non-capitalist or communal settings where crafting is still undertaken as an act of solidarity and love) as well as a nuanced understanding of what the future holds for female makers, their stories and indigenous craft and if there is still space within the modern economy and society to save or revert to traditions that have a lower cost and carbon footprint while still fulfilling utilitarian needs.

Talk: عقل کی بات Biology and the Environment: Understanding The Female Brain

Saturday, 14 December 2019 - 02:30 pm - 03:30 pm - Jasmine

Conducted by Dr Maheen Mausoof Adamson, followed by a Q&A session.

This is a talk and Maheen will discuss her work with a presentation. The implications of deciphering how gender and sex interact through their biological and social environmental constructs provides deep insights into understanding women’s growing roles in healthcare, education, government and leadership.  A look into the role, biological differences and upbringing affect women's brains. How are women different? How are they not different? How to make our smarts count.Through molecular, animal, and neuroimaging studies, a great deal of information regarding the differences between male and female brains and how much they differ in regards to both structure and function has been uncovered...

عورت کی نگاہ سے Female Gaze - Representation Of Women In Mainstream Media, Art and Literature

Saturday, 14 December 2019 - 03:45 pm - 04:45 pm - Main Garden

Moderated by: Dr Fozia Tahir 

Panelists: Moneeza Hashmi, Durriya Kazi, Ameena Saiyid and Anoushey Ashraf

For female cinematographers, female gaze is emotional and intimate. It sees people as people. It seeks to empathize rather than to objectify. It’s respectful, it’s technical, it hasn’t had a chance to develop, it tells the truth, it involves physical work, it’s feminine and unashamed, it’s part of an old-fashioned gender binary, it should be studied and developed, it should be destroyed, it will save us, it will hold us back. It's about women making films for women. The objectification of women in media and literature is often related to not having many female writers and cinematographers and women leaders in mainstream media in the first place. 

Working Together

Saturday, 14 December 2019 - 05:00 pm - 06:00 pm - Main Garden

Moderated by: Rashna Abdi

Panelists: Dr Farah and Dr Bari, Mariam Paracha and Usman Riaz, Babar Sheikh and Aneeta Pasha

A panel about partnership between men and women. Partnership is essential between both/all genders, the beauty of co-existence lies within this phenomenon. Through this panel we would like to start a conversation about equal partnership, not only within the work environment but also in homes, playgrounds, public spaces and every other space that is shared among these ‘partners’. This is a conversation about enabling the other and celebrating that together.

Feminism in the Digital Space

Sunday, 15 December 2019 - 11:00 am - 12:00 noon - Jasmine

Panelists: Sabahat Zakariya, Nighat Dad, Sadaf Khan and Eman Suleman


The internet is an ideal platform, due to its vast outreach, to bring forth significant issues faced by the society. This panel will feature influential feminists who have used their digital platforms to speak about important issues pertaining to women, dissuade myths affiliated with feminism, and highlight how reactionaries malign the feminist movement. The conversation will also cover accessibility of the internet for women and the gendered use of the internet in Pakistan.

اقلیت کی کہانی Minority Women On The Rise

Sunday 15 December 2019 - 12:45 pm - 01:15 - Main Garden

Moderated by: Fouzia Younis 

Panelists: Krishna Kumari, Safina Javed, Sayed Gul Kalash, Zoe Viccaji and Lynette Viccaji

Representing the Minority Communities by a Hindu (Krishna Kumari), Christian (Safina Gill) and Kalasha (Sayed Gul) community mobilisers. Minority women are rising and taking all kinds of spaces from museums to senates. This panel will celebrate few such women and will allow the audience to reflect on what was lacking and what more can be done. "Krishna has an interesting story and the conversation can begin with a little bit of education on what is senate, parliament etc. and seats and responsibilities and how can female politicians make a difference in their communities and her rise as a Dalit women and this sense of marginalization within a community. 

Reclaiming Public Spaces For Women

Sunday, 15 December 2019 - 01:30 pm - 02:30 pm - Jasmine

Moderated by: Noorulain Masood

Panelists: Ambreen Thompson, Sheema Kermani, Attiya Abbas and Madiha Javed Qureshi

WARI WARI, MAHWARI - Talking Menstrual Hygiene

Sunday, 15 December 2019 - 02:45 pm - 03:45 pm - Jasmine

Moderated by: Sania Saeed

Panelists: Granaz Baloch, Jaya Rajwani, Sadaf Naz and Dr Yasmeen Qazi

A discussion elaborating upon the necessity of the propagation of proper menstrual hygiene information, it's consequences and how our panelists use their platforms and practices to this end. The panelists will speak about the cultural and religious difficulties they have faced in encouraging proper menstrual hygiene. The discussion will put special emphasis on the varying options that are available for women and the impact they will have on their health and the environment.

Women in Uniform

Sunday, 15 December 2019 - 04:00 pm - 05:00 pm - Jasmine

Moderated by: Tahera Hasan

Panelists: Suhai Aziz Talpur, Farah Hussain and Dr Rafat Jan

This is primarily about identity, identity of women who wear to choose uniforms. Women who chose to wear uniforms or become a part of any organization male dominated or female dominated make that choice for themselves. It will be interesting to unfold their perspective on wearing something that defines them. This panel brings together conversations about system, domination, power dynamics but also empowerment and emancipation.

Allies Assemble

Sunday, 15 December 2019 - 04:00 pm - 05:00 pm - Main Garden

Moderated by: Kaif Ghaznavi

Panelists:Adnan Malik, Mohammad Moiz and Moaaz Ali Qureshi

Despite a rise in anti-feminist sentiment, there have been and continue to be male feminists who encourage men and women alike to disband the myths associated with feminism and inspire them to take on the task of gender equality. This panel will feature male feminist voices in Pakistan who have used their platforms/influence to encourage men and women alike to reflect on their beliefs and actions and try to find a more equitable and inclusive way forward.

Discovering a Bold New Voice – The Zeenat Haroon Rashid Writing Prize for Women

Sunday, 15 December 2019 - 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm - Society Suite

A discussion with Muneeza Shamsie about budding writers finding their writing voices.