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The Women’s Studies Conference was the first such event initiated in Pakistan in 1994. Some 200 women wrote papers for the three Conferences, hundreds of women came together from across Pakistan from different disciplines to share and pool their expressions into a collective whole in the form of Women’s Studies in Pakistan. As estimated 15000 people were mobilised in these events as participants, organisers, volunteers/helpers, viewers, spectators and observers of the open day presentations, debates, discussions, multimedia art exhibition, theatre, continuous film and book festival, the Urdu poetry recitation, musical evening, prose readings, dance performance, art slide show and the opening and closing ceremonies, candle-lit street demonstration against violence against women and so on. As much of the news coverage suggests, they were considered one of the most pioneering, ambitious and well-received events in Pakistan in a long while and certainly, on behalf of women.

Title Date Resource person / paper presenters Number of Participants
‘A Celebration of Women’ Interdisciplinary Women Studies Conference

Themes of the Conference:

·     Issues of Identity

·     Women and Literature

·     Women and Creativity

·     Women’s Movement

·     Women and Development

Other simultaneous activities:

·     Art Exhibition, film festival, book festival, theatre festival, feminist Mushaira etc.


21 – 25 March, 1994 Nighat Said Khan, Afia Zia, Rukhsana Qambar, Durre Ahmad, Neelam Hussain, Kishwar Naheed, Salima Hashmi, Anis Haroon, Fareeha Zafar 200 participants in Academic part




5 – 6 Resource person in each workshop




Total Number of participants 2000