Pak-Millennium Conference 2006
“Celebrating Pakistani Women”


Their Lives and Struggles
Saturday, April 29, 2006
8 am – 5:30 pm
The Fletcher School
Tufts University
160 Packard Avenue, Medford, MA 02155
The conference will look at the struggles and achievements of Pakistani women from a fresh perspective. Women in Pakistan are agents of change and progress, not just passive victims of gender inequities.
The conference will examine societal, legal/political, economic, and other constraints women confront in Pakistan and the strategies they employ to overcome them. Panelists will both highlight existing problems and, in the tradition of PMC conferences, prescribe policy recommendations to change the current landscape in favor of women’s progress and gender equity.
Panels and Proposed Speakers:
Society & Women
Panel focus: Nature of obstacles society places in women’s paths and the societal discussion needed to change these. The way society prepares women (e.g. education) to face the world and how it should/could. Celebrate women who have worked to achieve change, their successes, the work ahead, what they have learnt from the experience.
Speakers: Farzana Bari, Qurat-ul-ain Bakhteari, Shahla Haeri

The State/Politics/Legal System & Women
Panel focus: Women and the state, politics, legal system, human rights: obstacles, challenges, opportunities created, opportunities missed. Celebrate women who have worked to achieve change, their successes, and the work ahead, what they have learnt from the experience.
Speakers: Raheela Qazi, Sherry Rahman, Hina Jilani

Economy/Marketplace & Women
Panel focus: Women in the workforce, economy, business, rural/urban dimensions: obstacles, challenges, opportunities created, opportunities missed. C elebrate women who have worked to achieve change, their successes, the work ahead, what they have learnt from the experience.
Speakers: Musharraf Hai, Bina Agarwal, (third panelist to be determined)

Holistic View
Panel Focus: This panel will include many of the above mentioned panelists in a talk show format discussion.

About the Pak-Millennium Conference:
Th e conference builds on the work of previous successful Pak-Millennium Conferences that have addressed critical policy issues in a serious manner engaging thought leaders from Pakistan and the U.S. Previous Pak-Millennium Conferences have focused on Higher Education reform, Strengthening Civil Society and Democracy, Governance, Prospects for Business.
Past notable speakers have included Safi Qureshy, Mr. Shaukat Aziz, Dr. Ishr at Hussain, Dr. Ata ur Rahman, Mr. Shams Kasem Lakha, Syed Babar Ali. Prof. Henry Rosovsky, Dr. Shahid Javed Burki, Dr. Pervez Hoodbhoy, Dr. Riffat Hasan, Dr. Tariq Banuri, Prof. Adil Najam, Vice Chancellors of many Pakistani universities, leading scholars and activists. The Conference has contributed to the policy debates in Pakistan, including actionable recommendations for the Task Force on Higher Education Reform.
For information visit http://www.pakistan2000.org/

Sponsors/Co-Sponsors:
OPEN http://www.openglobal.org/
PakSEF Foundation www.paksef.org
IOPWE www.iopwe.org
Zia Chisti,
Babur Mia/geocomp

 

 

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