Mission and Philosophy

Established in Fall 2015, the Saida Waheed Gender Initiative leverages research, teaching, and praxis related to gender at LUMS. Foregrounding gender as a contested category of analysis and action, the Initiative approaches gender as a set of relations and processes that include all gender identities and expressions. It promotes interdisciplinary inquiry that is attentive to the construction and operation of gender across different spatial and temporal contexts.

The Initiative facilitates such inquiry across the University’s schools by encouraging research and resource development, supporting pedagogy in the area of gender studies, and hosting events that bring together scholars, students, and members of the broader community. By engaging LUMS in ongoing local and transnational conversations, the Initiative seeks to critically contribute to research and praxis that deepens understanding of gender as a set of relations and processes within and beyond Pakistan.