The National Academy of Higher Education (NAHE), an academic wing of the Higher Education Commission (HEC), conducted a five-day program titled, Capacity Building of Emerging Women Leaders, for the female faculty and administration of the higher education institutions (HEIs) of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The program was held at the University of Peshawar (UoP).

NAHE launched its “Women Leadership Program” in 2021 for senior women leaders and built capacity of 80 senior women leaders from HEIs across Pakistan during 2021-22. This year, NAHE is considering the mid-career women leadership and organizing the program in each province to ensure maximum participation by facilitating the women participants at their doorstep.

This program ensures capacity building of emerging women leaders by focusing equity and opportunities for women in the higher education sector as it comprehensively covers modules regarding Leadership Communication, Ascertaining Self Identity, Laws, Policies & Regulations, as well as Financial & Procurement Management.

Advisor (Academics, Curriculum & NAHE) HEC, Engr Muhammad Raza Chohan welcomed the participants during the opening session. He highlighted the strengths and potential areas of growth for them.

Vice-Chancellor Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU) Rawalpindi Dr Saima Hamid, Vice-Chancellor Government College Women University (GCWU) Faisalabad Prof Dr Robina Farooq, CEO Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi (ITACEC) Ms Baela Raza Jamil, Dean Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Kotli (UoK) Azad Kashmir Dr Sabahat Akram, Head of Department (Gender Studies) University of Peshawar Dr Anoosh Khan, and Senior Procurement Specialist at World Bank Rehan Hyder joined the program and enlightened the participants. The five-day marathon sessions provided a platform to discuss the issues for addressing dilemmas common to emerging leaders and unique to women.

Addressing the closing ceremony, Vice-Chancellor University of Peshawar, Dr Muhammad Idrees emphasized the importance of women empowerment and stressed the need for sessions like Women Leadership Program to help women discover their inner strength and maximize their skillset in the higher education sector.

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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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