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.
There was an increasing demand for and pressure on ASR to actively begin the Women’s Studies Institute. The first Conference provided an opportunity to clarify and expand on the meaning of Women’s Studies and to affirm the interests and contributions of women in the country as well as to encourage more to be actively involved in this field. Hence, the positive surge following the Conference was from various fronts that look towards involvement in the training courses that a Women’s Studies Institute would offer as well as to take on supervised research according to evolving methodologies and facilities that the ASR Women’s Studies Institute would offer on a regular basis.