Inaugural Student Colloquium: Gender Studies in Pakistan

Friday, April 8, 2016 (All day) to Saturday, April 9, 2016 (All day)

Inaugural Student Colloquium: Gender Studies in Pakistan

Date: April 8 - 9, 2016

Venue: LUMS

The Saida Waheed Gender Initiative at LUMS is pleased to announce its inaugural colloquium for student research examining issues relating to the study of gender in Pakistan. The interdisciplinary colloquium will feature research presentations by students from universities across Pakistan.

Programme of Events

April 8, 2016

Keynote Lecture by Khawar Mumtaz

(7 PM, Saeed Saigol Auditorium)

Khawar Mumtaz is the Chairperson of the National Commission on the Status of Women - Pakistan and previously the CEO of leading women’s rights organisation, Shirkat Gah. Ms. Mumtaz, a founding member of the Women’s Action Forum, has over thirty years of experience in transnational advocacy and activism relating to gender, the environment, and development. Co-author of the seminal Women of Pakistan: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back? (Zed Books, 1987), Ms. Mumtaz has received a number of awards, including the Sitara-e-Imtiaz.   


April 9, 2016

Student Colloquium Presentations

(9 AM – 5:30 PM, Academic Block)


Film Screening and Discussion of A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness

(7 PM, Saeed Saigol Auditorium)


About the Film

“More than 1000 women are killed in the name of “honor” in Pakistan every year. A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness follows the story of a rare survivor who falls in love and lives to tell the tale.”

The discussion following the film will be led by:

Aimen Bucha has an MA in Development Studies from the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, UK. She currently works at AGHS legal aid and is also an activist with AWP Lahore. Her research interests and focus include: political economy of gender, sexual violence, gender relations. She has published research investigating the intersectionality of gender, sexuality, and poverty.

Hadi Hussain is a social researcher, academcian, writer and activist who is constantly struggling to resist, exist, indigenize and decolonize. His interests include intersectional politics, feminism, South Asian LGBT discourse, body politics, cultural anthropology, peace initiatives, decolonization studies and transnational indigenous social movements.

Sonia Qadir is a lawyer and researcher based in Lahore. She is one of the founding members of the Feminist Collective, and a member of the Awami Workers Party Lahore. 

Sarah Suhail is a doctoral student in women and gender studies at Arizona State University, learning about the freedom dreams of those situated in structures of organized violence, particularly in conditions of unfree and coerced labor in Pakistan. She works with peasant, fisher-folk and queer movements in Pakistan and on a number of issues regarding intersectional oppression and the politics of resistance. She is from Lahore.