In line with its mission, the Saida Waheed Gender Initiative seeks to promote engagements that attend to the shifting and contested meanings of gender across different contexts. In addition to hosting events and facilitating online conversations, the Initiative seeks to promote faculty and student research.
Currently, we have an open Call for Proposals that will provide grants to faculty for the pursuit of creative and interdisciplinary projects that address gender. These projects also seek to involve students as research assistants. For more information, and to access the application, click here.
Current Grantees and Projects
Emad Ansari, SAHSOL
In collaboration with the Federal Ombudsman Secretariat For Protection Against Harassment of Women in the Workplace (FOSPAH), this project aims to create a database of case laws that reflect notions of gender justice, parity and cognizance of patriarchal power differentials; AND prepare guidelines for lawyers and decision makers, who are ordinarily not well versed in these concepts.
Suleman Shahid, SSE
Suleman Shahid’s project consists of conducting preliminary research in order to develop a safety/SOS app for women commuting in cities. It hopes to do 1) a rigorous assessment of the needs of women, 2) study the dynamics at play in gendered spaces, 3) examine the use of technology to address associated problems, 4) the perception of women regarding technology (specially the confusion between security and surveillance), 5) the reservations of women against technology and 6) the role of technical aids in enhancing the security of women and their impact on women privacy.
Grantee:Ghazal Zulfiqar, SDSB
Dr. Zulfiqar’s research focuses on the gendered hierarchies of domestic work, seeking to analyze power relations between differently situated women in the domestic sphere, and exploring how this is supported/challenged by the masculinized dynamics of public space.
Grantee: Amen Jaffer, MGSHSS
This research looks at forms of social organization and community networks in the Mozang locality of Lahore, especially emphasizing on the ways in which women play a key role in political mobilization. The current focus of the research is to study how women assume leadership positions in mohallah politics and the importance of culture and social networks to their political mobilization.
Grants for Seniors at LUMS
The Saida Waheed Gender Initiative is offering small grants for student led research projects and senior projects that focus on, or use gender as a major analytical tool in their work. Undergraduate students from all departments/schools at LUMS can apply. Funds will be decided after careful evaluation of the research proposal by the Initiative’s steering committee, and are limited to 25,000 PKR. Grantees will also be given an opportunity to present their work at the Annual Gender Studies Student Colloquium in April, 2018.
Interested students have to submit a brief proposal (300-400 words), outlining their project and research methodology – foregrounding the way(s) in which gender analysis is important to their inquiry. All proposals must be sent as attachments to email@example.com by the 21st January, 2018. Address any queries or concerns to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline: 21st January, 2018.
Previous Grantees, 2017
Mehdi Ali Zaidi, MGSHSS, People-Making and Placemaking in Cholistan Desert
Najeeha Raza and Arooj Shams, SAHSOL, Gender Sensitization in rehabilitation and repatriation policies for IDPs of FATA
Sarah Raffique and Ayesha Khalid, SDSB, Patriarchy, Public Policy and Land Rights for Women in Pakistan