IBA Karachi Participated In WOW - Women Of The World Festival

IBA Karachi Participated In WOW - Women Of The World Festival

December 2 - 3: IBA's Department of Social Sciences and Liberal Arts (SSLA) was one of the organizers for the WOW festival held at the Alliance Francaise in Karachi. WOW is an initiative of the Southbank Centre in London and the British Council and is a series of festivals around the world that celebrate women and their achievements, highlight their struggles and bring together women, men, girls and boys for creating tools for change.

Dr. Faiza Mushtaq, Assistant Professor and Chairperson of IBA Social Sciences and Liberal Arts moderated the event. Dr. Gulnaz Anjum and Dr. Naveen Minai from IBA also played a key role in organizing the session and arranging a series of panel discussions and workshops. Full-time and visiting faculty at IBA such as Dr. Nausheen Anwar, Ms. Muna Khan, Ms. Shahana Rajani, Ms. Saman Ghani Khan and Ms. Amber Ajani also engaged in the talk. Some prominent speakers included Ms. Saima Qamar, Chairperson of Kantar Insights Pakistan, Ms. Farzana Ali, Bureau Chief of Aaj TV in Peshawar and Dr. Dilshad Ashraf, Associate Professor at Aga Khan University Institute for Educational Development.

"When you try to break the glass ceiling, you face a lot of hurdles", said Ms. Farzana Ali, while narrating her story of constant struggles to achieve what she wanted. Originating from Dera Ismail Khan, a small town in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, she faced a lot of resistance to pursue her dreams. She was the first person to obtain a Master's from her town and became the second female Bureau Chief in Pakistan.

During a panel discussion on 'Identity and Self-worth', Senator Sherry Rehman said that we are not brought up quite right. Women don't even know when to complain as they are put in a box, where getting power is inconvenient. She highlighted the irony that women who seek power are considered as pushy but powerful women are also attractive.

Throughout the event, there were stimulating conversations about gender and work, women's participation in science and technology fields, the representation of women in the media, non-conformity and everyday forms of violence.

There were also musical performances, dramatic readings, children's activities, speed mentoring, and much more at the two-day festival. IBA students (Armeen Godil, Atufa Shahid, Zainab Riaz and Safa Godil) worked as interns and volunteers, and won high praise from the organizing team for their contribution towards making the festival a success.