The Centre of Excellence for Women’s Studies University of Karachi is holding a one day conference on ‘understanding violence against women in Pakistan-causes and trends’ on Thursday, November 25, 2021 (today) at 10:00 am in collaboration with UN Women and KU ORIC at the Arts and Social Sciences Auditorium.

The KU Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Khalid Mahmood Iraqi would chair the conference. The chairperson Pakistan Institute of International Affairs and President Aurat Foundation Dr Masuma Hasan would deliver the keynote address on reasons for increasing violence against women in Pakistan.

Meanwhile, UN Women Deputy Country representative Jacqui Ketunuti would highlight the objectives of 16-days of activism on violence against women. The Superintendent Police Shahla Qureshi would give an overview about violence against women while Professor Zainab Zadeh Professional Scientist Head Child and Adolescents Mental Health Lead Partnerships and collaborations, Pakistan Institute of Living and Learning, Consultant Manchester Global Foundation UK would talk about violence against women: exploring trends of abuse and psychological wellbeing of women in prisoners in Karachi.

The Resident Director Aurat Foundation Mehnaz Rehman would highlight the social and economic reasons of violence against women whereas Dr Naima Saeed and Lt Col Rana Atif from the Department of Criminology University of Karachi would give situational analysis on gender based violence with reference to Pakistani society.

The KU CEWS is also holding a poster exhibition to draw attention towards the issue of violence against women.

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Arshad Yousafzai is a Karachi-based journalist covering Education and Human Rights. He can be reached on Twitter @Arshadyousafzay

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