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The decision to organise women studies Conferences stemmed from the belief that women in Pakistan have been contributing to and involved in Women’s Studies but most initiatives have been fragmented and restricted to the social sciences. ASR/IWSL has always considered Women’s Studies to be much more interdisciplinary and a coming together of individual and collective expressions in relation to women, their relationship to development and their creativity as part of development.

These conferences were the first attempt in Pakistan to bring women across disciplines and for some, the first coming together even within a discipline. More than the energy and inspiration that sustained the Conferences, the differentiating marker was the space the Conferences provided for sharing, questioning, debating, critical analysis, input to ongoing research or work and challenging of views.