The SEPLAA Foundation started it’s SEW-EGAP Women Empowerment Policy Dialogue Series in Lahore with the aim to touch upon six topics concerning the well being of women.
The first Focus Group Discussion was held on the overarching theme ‘Process of Women Empowerment in Pakistan: Achievements and challenges’. Participants highlighted the various areas of interest and concern that would be discussed in the next weeks. Topics finalized included studying the role of women in education, women in disability, women in development, women in peace, women in democracy and women in corporate sustainability.
The second Focus Group Discussion was held recently, under the SEW-EGAP Women Empowerment Policy Dialogue Series and the topic of the dialogue was ‘Women in Education’.
Guest Dialogue Speakers included Professor Dr. Arfa Sayed Zehra of FCCU, Mr. Zaeem Yaqoob Khan Director Student Affairs BNU, Mrs. Faiza Tariq Principal Lahore Grammar School, Mrs. Musarat Mashhadi Vice Principal Beacon House Newlands.
SEPLAA Foundation CEO & SEW-EGAP Women Empowerment Council Co Founder Ammara Farooq Malik & Zahra Wyne (Co-Founder SEW-EGAP) involved the Lahore Chapter SEWEGAP members Saadia Hammad, Zainab Iqtidar, Amna Zafar, Sarah Bukhari, Zarin Shoiab & Shaista Hassan in the dialogue proceedings.
It was a charged discussion where everyone contributed to the Focus Group Discussion.
Dr. Arfa pointed out that ‘There was a need to go back to our values in order to given women their rightful place in the education sector’. Mrs. Ammara Malik said that ‘Article 25-A of the Constitution could not be implemented until all the problems of the society are taken into consideration. Policy makers must keep the conditions of Pakistan in mind before creating or signing documents that are difficult to implement practically.’
In the end the SEPLAA Foundation CEO thanked the guests for their valuable comments and recommendations during the SEW-EGAP Women Empowerment Policy Dialogue on ‘Women in Education’ and presented them with tokens of appreciation.