College of Education invited a guest speaker Ms Munira Hasan Ali to introduce her books on the Muslim Scientists and Mathematicians of the World which she wrote in collaboration with Dr Zulfiqar Ali Meghani. Ms Munira is a teacher educator and is currently pursuing her doctorate from a Malaysian university.
The College of Education values all of its students and faculty who believes in the power of dreams and who have joined us in the exploration of life. As we begin our new semester this month so on Thursday February 18, 2021 all students were invited to a Welcome Lunch, College of Education made a special request to our Dean- FLAHS to grace this occasion with her presence it was a great opportunity for the students to meet and greet our Dean Dr. Fauzia Shamim and the faculty, make new friends, and share experiences.
Pakistan 100 is a network of highly professional overseas Pakistanis committed to changing Pakistan’s image as a thriving digital economy by supporting the launch of one hundred technology companies by 2023. In their
Pre-Selection Phase, participants were given an opportunity to polish their pitching skills, and gained assistance before applying directly to the Selection Phase. Hence, teams became more competent which increased their chances of being chosen in the Selection Phase. The Screening Process adopted for the Pakistan 100-Call for Ideas, was divided into three stages: 1- Quality check of applications, 2- Scoring from the Reviewer Committee, 3- Scoring from the Panel of Judges. 200 applications received out of which, 13 were selected for the Boot camp.
The invitation call for the sharing of ideas came in November 2020, and after an initial screening, quality check, and interview, my idea of an intervention program based on an apprenticeship model, was selected. I was assigned two mentors before Boot Camp began. The mentors helped in shaping my idea, devising a business model, and developing the financial models. They played an instrumental role in making the idea precise.
The Bootcamp Pre-Selection was held from 25th January to 29th January 2021, between 9AM and 6PM daily. The program was based on four objectives: 1. Gap Analysis or what one needs to do? 2. Lean Canvas 3. Pitch Deck 4. Your Story.
The program was rigorous and required a critical lens to scrutinize our ideas for feasibility and viability yet, make them appealing to the investors. It paid special attention to the reshaping of ideas, financial management, and business model development. The course of the program had a blend of face-to-face sessions with seasoned entrepreneurs, along with angel investors to help every participant understand the market need and investors’ expectations.
The Boot camp was a new and unique learning experience. Stepping into the shoes of an entrepreneur and thinking like a business graduate were not easy tasks; they were in fact, a roller coaster ride with many highs and some lows throughout the journey. I, still managed to sail through and cleared the course with flying colors. My idea was selected for the One-Minute Idea Show, and will also be presented for an elevated pitch later in the year. The Boot Camp graduation ceremony was held on February 14, 2021.
The event was held at Ziauddin University Auditorium by Liberal Arts and Human Sciences department in collaboration with Faculty of Law and Media Sciences. In the first section of the event, a timeline of leading commercial ads was shown as a documentary to initiate the discussion on ‘Gender Justice: Public Spaces, Industry and Law’.
It was brought into notice that if there is one area to look for evolution in terms of gender justice, it is those various commercial brands in Pakistan that shifted from showcasing women as an ideal bride to a rather hard-working individual who can earn herself a living.
From ‘holding the world together by walking into marriage and looking after a family’, awareness of gender justice has influenced brands – that once broadcasted sexist ads – to acquaint women with the realization of their greater potentials.
In her welcome address, Dr. Fauzia Shamim, Dean, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Human Sciences of the varsity said Gender Justice does not mean gender discrimination, but to rather think about fairness and human rights.
With that being highlighted, Ms. Aalia Jaffer, founder of marketing consultancy MarSol.D, apprised the gathering that when a woman compromises on her professional life entirely to hold on to a family, it instills in her a feeling of missing out which eventually turns into anger.
“There are three stages when a woman considers quitting her career – engagement, marriage and when she becomes a mother,” Jaffer said.
Another panelist, Barrister Tahir Ali, Director of the Centre for Law and Access to Justice at Ziauddin University, stressed on a related situation how Pakistan failed to have at least one woman as a Supreme Court judge from history till date.
Citing this, it was raised that gender justice means equal opportunities for both.
Ms Atia, member of Girls At Dhaba, stressed on their vision of acclaiming public spaces – stating how some transportation advertisements suggest that women avail their getaway packages to avoid standing at a bus stand with uncomfortable gazes at them — while it is the environment that should be safer for a woman to stand at that bus stand.
“Our society makes fun of #Metoo movement, men make fun of #Metoo, and this has real life consequences, women have started coming forward to shame their culprits” says Dr Uzma Rashid, Assistant Professor, United Nation’s Peace University, (Costa Rica) while addressing to the public forum debate on the topic of ‘Gender Justice: Bridging the Gap between Academia and Activists’at Ziauddin University, Clifton campus.
Speaking at the conference as a guest speaker, Dr Uzma Rashid said Pakistan ranks 148 out of 149 in the list of global gender gap index It is because we do not have familiarity about concepts of gender inequality, men and women both should be familiar about their legal rights they should know their ways because it is very important to familiarize yourself with such kind of issues to fight.
While sharing her bold impressive and struggling, experiences to become a feminist, poetess, writer and activist ,Ms Attiya Dawood highlighted and added that we all have activism built in ourselves and its natural, we all are born with it, we just need to explore it and work hard for it, the conversation which we have began, should not be stopped here. It has to make changes in our minds, homes, society, and country.
Addressing to the conference as the speaker Dr Dilshad Ashraf, Associate Professor, AKU-IED, talked about Unpacking connection between activism, reflexivity, feminist positioning, Implications, and challenges about Activism in and beyond Academia.
while reshaping gender equality Agenda she stated that when you understand gender, you need to understand that now you have developed that capacity to raise voice against issues which are rejected by our society .
Further she added, “We need to give eye to our children to see through it, we need to bring change in our academic curriculum and education system, because change has to happen and it will only be possible with high standards of education.”
Earlier, Professor Dr. Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui, Vice Chancellor, Ziauddin University
In his welcome address, said that ultimate objective of such event is to inculcate and creating awareness on the importance of academia and activism real academia is always in collaboration. We have to work together on every field of life. We have to help each other. We have to work for our country and its development. The conference was largely attended by the renowned speakers, students, faculty and social activists.