“The Institute also built up links with universities abroad, particularly, England, India, the Netherlands and USA among others. This was possible through the process of faculty identification and development. It had drawn support from and had been strongly advocated by women activists and academics from national, regional and international levels. The committed faculty with the Institute was working at various levels of policy teaching/ training. Some were involved in assisting with course development, contributing material and linking the Institute with other similar programs within areas of work.
Many of the faculty members were from South Asia or of South Asian origin or then from other parts of the ‘South’. This had been a deliberate move on our part. The IWSL was attempting to brought back into the region women who lived and worked in other countries mainly because of the lack of openings in their home countries in the past. This was especially true given that many of the scholars and academics associated with western universities and at the leading edge of feminist theory/thought were in fact of Asian origin. By encouraging these women to come as resource persons/faculty to the IWSL means that the students / participants at the Institute had been able to avail the experience and knowledge of some of the biggest names in feminism, Women’s Studies, and Women in Development that there were. At the same time re-connecting these women on the ground realities of lives of women in countries such as Pakistan.