Certificate in Multidisciplinary Women’s Studies
For a period of two years (1995 and 1996) the IWSL ran extensive short workshops / courses in various parts of Pakistan at local, provincial and national levels with particular emphasis on the 12 issues identified during the process to Beijing. On another level, a three-month course organized as a discussion or study group on political economy was held by the IWSL.
The IWSL has developed its formal courses and organized the taught component of the Institute’s training programmes. Experimental courses ran during this period with faculty and participants. This enabled the evolution of a unique multidimensional programme which is both exciting. The main course developed was the three-month residential course in multidisciplinary Women’s Studies. How to run the course was worked out in detail repeatedly, in attempts to be realistic in terms of time and resources without having to compromise the aims of the course. Eventually, it was decided that this course would be run in modules one after the other rather than modules running one simultaneously throughout the semester. This is both feasible in terms of faculty and cost implications.
This three-month course leading to a Certificate in Women’s Studies has already been offered six time by IWSL during the past ten years. The course had Pakistani and international students who comprised of trainers, activists, NGO workers, academics, media workers / artists, researchers, professionals, economists, sociologists, teachers, journalists, lawyers, architects, doctors and those interested in women’s issues, who would like to keep abreast with developments in Women’s Studies and the women’s movement, nationally and internationally, without enrolling in an institution in the West. They represented different countries like India, Nepal, Bangladesh, South Africa, Nigeria, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, Sri Lanka and Pakistan. Instructors drawn from the pool of visiting national and international faculty facilitated the course.