A seminar on the role of women in science and technology was held here at the Government College University Lahore on the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.

GCU Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr Asghar also attended the seminar which was addressed women leaders from different walks of life.

The speakers highlighted the absence of women’s voices in decisions and stressed getting more women into leadership roles.

Prof. Dr Bushra Mirza the Vice-Chancellor of Lahore College for Women University (LCWU), opened the discussion at the seminar, held under the auspices of Ravian Forensic Society, by mentioning the struggles women face in their careers and suggested ways to overcome these problems.

Mrs Kiran Zaidi, a social worker, said women have a very empowering role not only in their families but also in the country they live in. She believed that awareness and conversation on gender equality are crucial but it’s time for real action and progress. She highlighted ways to can challenge the status quo to create an environment where women can achieve their potential.

Prof. Dr Shazia Bashir, the Director of GCU Center for Advanced Studies in Physics (CASP), motivated the girls to realize their true potential through Allama Iqbal’s poetry.

Dr Rizwana Mustafa, a scientific entrepreneur, inspired the audience by sharing the story of her efforts to achieve her goals.

Vice-Chancellor Prof. Zaidi believed that women supporting women is also crucial for their empowerment; when you help another woman rise, you all shine.

Prof. Dr Farhat Yasmeen, the chairperson of the Chemistry Department at the University of Engineering and Technology Lahore, and Dr. Muhammad Umer Shafique, an advisor of the Ravian Forensic Society, also addressed the seminar.

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Arsalan Haider is a reporter at Academia Mag and has worked with leading national dailies and news channels. He tweets @arsalanhaider14

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