ISLAMABAD: Iqbal International Institute for Research & Dialogue (IIIRD) of International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI), in collaboration with Riphah International University and International Muslim Women Union, is going to organize a two-day international conference on “ Emerging Role of Women in Muslim Societies : Opportunities and Challenges”.
Conference will be attended by women rights’ activists and experts all across the world and renowned political and social figures of the country.
The conference would start on November 28 (Thursday) at Old Campus, Quaid e Azam auditorium of IIUI, where Vice President (Academics) and Executive Director IIIRD Dr. Mumtaz Ahmed would deliver welcome address. Vice Chancellor Riphah International University Dr. Anis Ahmed would deliver key note address while Senator Raja Zafar ul Haq would also speak on the occasion. Dr.Zakria Bashir, Prof.of Islamic Philosophy, Sudan, Russian Journalist Liudmila Mishna, Ph. D. Scholar from Hungary Asli Karaca, Prof. Rufaida Al Habash from Al-Indluse Institute of Islamic Studies, Syria, Chair Person Kashmir Women Forum Shamim Shawl, Member National Assembly of Pakistan Shahida Akhtar, Incharge Dawah Centre For Women, IIUI Shagufta Umar, Jawairiyah Faisal Khan from United Kingdom, famous women activist from Turkey Huda Kaya would speak on the subject.
Theme of the first day of conference is dedicated to “women empowerment” whereas Dr. Samina Qadir, Vice Chancellor Fatima Jinnah Women University will be the chief guest and Mrs. Muzna Yousif Al-Draiweesh will be the guest of honour of the first session of the conference. During the first session, various foreign experts and workers will deliver lectures on the topics like Hijab, Fictional Representation of Pakistani women’s struggle for empowerment, electoral gender quotas and women’s leadership.
During second session of the day one of the conference, Saira Afzal Tarar, Minister of state for National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination will be the chief guest while founding member International Muslim Women Union, Sudan Dr. Saud Al Fateh Al Badawi will be the guest of honour. The session will be chaired by Khalid Rahman, Director General Institute of Policy Studies, Islamabad. Topics regarding role of Muslim women at national and international level, gender politics, and media’s exploitation of the global Muslim community will be discussed in the session.
On the second day of the conference, Dargam Nadia from Algeria, Former Chief Council of Muslim Women Scholar Dr. Nabeelah Lubis from Indonesia and Former Parliamentarian from Iran Khanum Zohre Illahiyan would deliver valuable lectures on the subject. Second day of the conference would discuss the themes “Educational Opportunities and preferences” and “women at work” where topics including women dominance in medical colleges of Pakistan, Muslim women and intellectual revolution and many other valuable issues will be discussed by the experts. The concluding ceremony of the conference would be presided by Rector IIUI Prof. Dr. Masoom Yasinzai while Pro. Chancellor Riphah International University Hassan Mohammad Khan, Dr. Mumtaz Ahmad and Director Female Campus IIUI Dr. Zaitoon Begum would also spoke on the occasion.