It is a great pleasure for women Research Division of Advance Educational Institute & Research Centre (AEIRC) to announce the 2nd International Conference on “Women empowerment” on 17-20 December 2015 in collaboration with PMA, TEHRIK-E-NISWAN & PNFWH. AEIRC believes that scope of Social, cultural and Health research is now become a basic necessity for the betterment of society. Conference track includes femininity and rights, self-identity and relationships, harassment, violence, reproductive health & rights, women leadership & values, female entrepreneurship, psychological wellbeing, physical health & women lifestyle.

This conference is designed to look at one of the basic confronts now a days to thwart the hostility against the women, improve sexual and reproductive health and strengthen women’s psychological and physiological empowerment. We find it vital to highlight main obstacles and give lessons for realizing promising solutions that empower women today. This series of lectures will explore how education, health and self-care can encourage and enable women to be complete, lively and produce members of society. It will be a selective education and performance treat designed to enhance the self-confidence ladies from all group of society and will help them to equipped understanding and constructive change in their own selves.


2nd International Conference on Women Empowerment

17-20 December 2015    I   Karachi – Pakistan

With Theme

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نہیں انسان ہے

International Conference on Women Empowerment is one of the largest conference in Pakistan. It is held every year under the encouragement of International Organizations in collaboration with different universities & educational institutions. Major collaborating Partners for this year are PMA, PNFWH & Tehrik-e-Niswan. The Conference is designed with Special Invited Panel Discussion sessions, Research Lectures, Paper-Presentations and Poster Presentations.

On this occasion we are inviting the following:

1- Abstracts; not more than 250 words to be presented in conference (Oral/Poster).

2- Full length papers to printed and published in the international journal on women empowerment (online & printed), a peer-reviewed journal that aims at providing a holistic understanding of society with objective to encourage and publish research, analysis and informed discussion on all aspects of women.

3- Proposal to collaborate actively and endorse the diverse themes of conference in making the event more effective and to gain fruitful outcomes that will benefit society.

​Original research papers on Women Issues like Femininity and rights, Self-identity, harassment, Violence, Women cancers, Family planning, Issue related to pregnancy, Infectious diseases/STDS, Women leadership & values, Female entrepreneurship, Psychological wellbeing, Physical health & lifestyle etc.

* It’s not mandatory that you have to present a paper, you can be a listener also.


– Stage play on Women Rights by Tehrik-e-Niswan

– Chance to win by displaying your artwork on women empowerment.

Abstracts should be sent via e-mail to




45-Malir Township, Kala Board Adjacent Atia General Hospital Karachi, Pakistan.

Conference Secretary

Dr Shershah Syed  & Dr Sadaf Ahmed

2nd international conference on “women empowerment”


Terms and Conditions

The following terms and conditions set out the legal rules applicable to the 2nd international conference on “women empowerment”. Participants shall be bound by these terms and conditions upon registering for the Conference and are advised to read and understand these terms carefully before registering. The Organizer will not accept any conditions contradictory to or deviant from these general terms and conditions.

Visa Application

Authors with accepted paper can apply for an acceptance letter that can be used for visa application.

Conference Language

The conference language is English & Urdu.


The Organizer does not accept liability for the up-to-dateness, correctness and completeness in respect to conference documentation and content.

The Organizer will not assume any responsibility whatsoever for any damage or injury to persons or property during the Conference.

Photographs, video-streaming, etc.

The Organizer may free of charge and without the further consent of the participants use and release pictures and shots taken of the participants and/or their works (such as posters, excerpts of presentations or lectures) during the Conference for reports of the Conference and announcement of events in future. The Organizer may audio and/or video tape the sessions and the tapes may be published in our newsroom.

Privacy Policy

All personal data provided to the Organizer for registration will be treated as confidential. The data shall be used and stored for further processing and documentation purposes. The information will not be re-used for an incompatible purpose. Data shall be delivered to assigned service providers, as deemed necessary for the successful performance of the Conference. The Organizer will only disclose information to third parties if that is necessary for the fulfillment of the purpose(s) identified above.

Severability Clause

If any provision of these Terms and Conditions is found to be invalid, the invalidity of that provision will not affect the validity of the remaining provisions of these Terms and Conditions, which shall remain in full force and effect.


All agreements between the Organizer and the Participant and all disputes which may arise between the Organizer and the Participants shall be exclusively subject to Pakistan law.


Information Secretariat

45, Malir Towhship,Kalaboard Karachi- Pakistan Bank details

Title of account:  Advance Educational Institute & Research Centre

Bank Details

Bank: Bank Alfalah Ltd – Islamic Banking Group

Branch: IBG Gulistan E Johar Branch Karachi, Pakistan

Account No:  5519-5000452242

SIC CODE: 8733

NAICS CODE: 541712

NTN: 4225020-0

Category (NPO)

Registration No: KAR 047



Hilda Saeed


Chairperson of Shirkat Gah and a founding member of Women’s Action Forum. Hilda Saeed, a microbiologist-turned-women’s-rights activist, shed light on the discriminatory laws passed against women and religious minorities who in turn face persecution as a result of these laws. Hilda Saeed works in the area of population and development, reproductive health and gender. She is a long-time women’s rights activist, among the founder members of Women Action Forum (WAF), and was among the 1000 global nominees for the “1000 Nobel Peace women Award” 2005.

Wendy Marijnissen


Speaker and judge for photography competition in 2nd International Conference on Women Empowerment. Wendy is a freelance documentary photographer from Belgium working on social issues in many parts of the world including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Israel, Iran and the USA. Wnedy has a unique profile in highlighting women health and social issues with her camera and special visualizing sense. She has an amazing writing and storytelling power that has raised the cultural, social, health and economical barrier’s a women facing in developing countries.

Dr. Shershah Syed


Dr. Shershah completed his training in obstetrics and gynecology in Ireland. He was fellow of Royal College of, London. Founder of Amnesty International & Koohi Goth Hospital, Karachi a regional center for the management and rehabilitation of women with genital tract fistula. His main interest is in maternal death, violence against   women and training of midwives. He received FIGO award for best community obstetrician. He was included in 100 most inspiring persons & received Bill Clinton and UAE award as fistula surgeon in Pakistan. He is a long distance Marathon runner and runs for Rape crisis center and against blindness in children. He has been a very vocal voice for the indigent in Pakistan and was also PMA Central Secretary General in past. Shershah has served as Director of Women’s Right to Life and Health Project of Government of Sind in collaboration with Unicef, Columbia University and John Hopkins University, USA to provide EmOC in city slums and rural Sindh. He is a Member of WHO Core Committee to develop protocols for women reproductive issues.

Dr Habiba Hasan


a renowned paediatrician and a social activist founded the Panah Shelter Home with the combined efforts of some of the leading human rights and women organisations like Amnesty International and City District Government of Karachi (CDGK) it was the first ever public-civil society initiative by the local government for the city – as a senior human rights activist, she urged the highly educated women including doctors to realize their responsibilities in this regard and come forward to improve the situation for their less fortunate counterparts.

Dr. Kausar S. Khan


Head Division of Behavioral & Social Sciences at Aga Khan University, Associate Professor, Department of CHS, emphasized the need for participatory approach in all types of research work which entail working with vulnerable groups of population. She also maintained that research is worthwhile when it is disseminated and translated into health public policies. She is one of leading personalities of working on gender equity and women empowerment in terms of mental and physical well being.

Dr. Syed A Aziz


Dr. Syed A Aziz did his Ph.D. in Breast Cancer Genetics from Pakistan. Completed postdoctoral training from University of Ottawa.  Since 2006 he is working in Health Canada as a Research Scientist working mainly on breast cancer and food toxicology.  He has a cross appointment as Adjunct Professor of Pathology, Canada.  Dr. Aziz is involved in the teaching for more than 25 years and has taught at different institutes. He is extensively involved in research and supervises students at a level of Co-op, honours, MSc, Ph.D. and Post-doctoral fellows. Dr. Aziz has given more than 200 lectures as an invited speaker and has authored or contributed to more than 110 original publications, book chapters, reviews, and abstracts. He is also an Editor of PLoS ONE, Human Molecular Genetics, International Journal of Molecular Sciences, British Medical Journal, Annals of Clinical Pathology and IJEHSR.

Mehnaz Rehman


Resident director of Aurat Foundation and leader of the Joint Action Committee (a conglomerate of several civil rights organizations. She has been always a vocal person with respect to women rights and their issues at workplace as well as domestic violence, trauma and abuse.

Huma Baqai


Huma Baqai is an Associate Professor, Chairperson, Department of Social Sciences, IBA Karachi. has remained associated with the media for the past several years both as an analyst and anchorperson. She has anchored current affairs shows on NewsOne and PTV. She has also taught at Department of International Relations, Karachi University for 10+ years. She is a visiting faculty at Air War College, Karachi.

Sheema Kermani


sheema kermani is a big name in theatre industry. Sheema is the only practitioner and choreographer of classical dancer in Pakistan. She had been working for women wrights since 1970s. She founded a movement named Tehrik e Niswan for women rights in 1979 with other women. The movement hold plays and musicals all over th world for awareness of women rights. Sheema started performing solo on stage in 1983 and since then she had been performing and teaching as well.

Dr. Nida Wahid


MBBS, FCPS, FRCS, PGD Bioethics Consultant General Surgeon Patel Hospital Karachi, Pakistan. Dr Nida Wahid Bashir, born in the summer of 1969 in the house of a labour leader turned journalist Mr Wahid Bashir and social worker and physics teacher Mrs Hamza Wahid in trans lyari, Karachi. After her MBBS and house job, she qualified for postgraduate training at the Aga khan University Hospital. She did her FCPS in general surgery and FRCS in surgery from Ediburgh, UK. She recieved GB Ong Gold Medal for scoring highest marks in the year 2002-3 from the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh, UK.

Dr Zafar Iqbal Abbasi


Dr Zafar Iqbal Abbasi is a Project Manager, IDF Centre of Education Baqai Institute of Diabetology & Endocrinology also Managing the project IDF Centre of Education in Middle East and North Africa Region (MENA). He is also supervising post-graduate Diploma in Diabetes Education for Dietitians, Paramedics & Diabetology for Family Physicians. Abbasi has served as a Assistant Controller Examination College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan.

Dr Asma Makhani


She has worked as Research Officer at Aga Khan University. Obtained her education from Tufts University Boston, MA, USA & University of Copenhagen in Global health & Public health. She is also serving as Editor- in International Journal of Endorsing Health Sciences Research & South East Asia Journal of Public Health (SEAJPH) Public Health Foundation of Bangladesh. Asma is an active member of Pakistan Nutrition and Dietetic Society & Vcare Social Welfare Society for Active and Healthy Aging.

Dr. Sadaf Ahmed


Head of Women Research Division & CEO AEIRC. Beside her PhD in Neuroscience and her interest in mental health she is an Asst. professor, author, poet, motivational speaker, researcher and a vocal educationist. She published several short and full books on metal, physical and social issues of wellbeing. She was many times recognized with a list of her publications and awareness sessions on public and private sector institutes. She is member of World Women in Neuroscience, USA and has been working to raise the awareness in women about health, education and related issues since last 10 years.


Khaula Walayat is Vice President of AWP Women Wing Punjab. Sitting member of HRCP. Phd in applied economics till date. Mphil in Commerece.  Former AP at Faculty of Commerce UCP. (University of Central Punjab) Visiting AP at IBA Punjab University, NCBA & E, and UCP. An educationist and motivational speaker. Has done research in area of Women empowerment, Gender inequality and Women role in institutional effectiveness.  Worked with SOS Village & Falah foundation on different research projects as a senior researcher.

Time Program Venue Affiliation
17th December 2015 (Thursday) Karachi Press Club
1:30 – 2:30 Press Conference
(Shershah Syed, Zafar Iqbal Abbasi, Sadaf Ahmed, Qazi Wasiq, Shema Kermani)
18th December 2015 (Friday) PMA House Karachi
women Empowerment (Health Session) Moderator: Zafar Iqbal Abbasi Baqai & AEIRC
8:30 – 8:40 Conference Registration & Tea
8:40 – 9:00 Risk & new dimensions; the challenges & future research directions- breast cancer Syed A Aziz Canada
9:00 –  9:10 (Aurat Izaat Nahi Insaan Hai) Qazi Wasiq PMA
9:10 –  9:25 Maternal Health in danger Fariaa Ahsan Merlin
9:25 –  9:40 Breast Cancer – Myths are the reason for delay Nida wahid Patel Hospital
9:40 –  9:55 Women Trying to Regain Dignity by Ending Fistula Nighat Shah JSMU
9:55 –  10:10 Make it personnel (Health) Wendy Marijnissen Belgium
10:10 –  10:25 afghani Women Farzana Wali Jebran Afghanistan
mental health and role of women in Pakistan Kaneez fatima Shad UTS, Sydney, Australia
10:25 – 10:40 Tea
Oral Presentation Presenters
10:40 – 10:50 awareness of and barriers to family planning practices; A qualitative study in Karachi Zehra Muhammad Shallwani SZABIST
10:50 – 11:00 Capacity Building of Health Care Providers to Address Sensitive Issues Nausheen Salim AKUH
11:00 – 11:10 female genital mutilation: A torture not Culture Anum Allahwala Marie Stopes Society
11:10 – 11:20 Gender Differences in anxiety sensitivity and higher order cognitive functioning Amara Gul University of Health Science Lahore
11:20 – 11:30 Health Systems Response to Violence against Women (VAW): A Social Analysis Sohail Bawani AKUH
11:30 – 11:40 Organochlorine Exposure and Risk of Breast Cancer Sobia Khwaja FUUAST
11:40 – 11:50 Intimate Partner Violence and Stress Savera Aziz Ali AKUH
11:50 – 12:00 Rural Women’s Quality of Life: Some Preliminary Findings from Northern Afghanistan Shama Dossa Aga Khan Foundation
12:00 – 12:10 prevalence of interpersonal sexual abuse among married female health care providers Karachi Pakistan Azmat Jahan Marie Stopes Society
12:10 – 12:20 Issues when discussing about family planning. Karishma Karim Halani AKUH
12:20 – 12:30 Relationship between occupational stress and psychological wellbeing among female employees Nadia FAST -National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences,  Peshawar Campus
12:30 – 12:40 Hepatitis C Virus Infection and its Risk Factors in reproductive Pakistani age of Women Samiyah Tasleem Fuuast
12:40 – 12:50 Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and Women’s Health Sarmad Muhammad Soomar AKUH
12:50 – 01:00 Closing session Remarks & Awards
Lunch & Prayers
19th December 2015 (Saturday) Atia Auditorium
8:30 – 8:40 women Empowerment (Social Session) Moderator: Asma Makhani Akuh & AEIRC
8:40 – 9:00 Breast Cancer Ins and outs Syed A Aziz canada
9:00 –  9:10  (Aurat Izaat Nahi Insaan Hai) Shaheen Zafar SIRM
9:10 –  9:25 Make it personel (Social) Wendy Marijnissen Belgium
9:25 –  9:40 Aik Aurat, Aik Azam Ambreen Asif Qureshi DIHE
9:40 –  9:55 women leadership / enternepeurship Nageen Riffat UAE
9:55 –  10:10 Women and Pakistan Huma Baqai IBA
10:10 –  10:25 domestic violence Mehnaz Rehman Aurat Foundation
10:25 – 10:40 Women leadership & values Dr Kauser S Khan Akuh
10:40 – 10:55 Understanding the role of culture in women’s economic empowerment: a case study in Punjab, Pakistan. Khaula Walayat HRCP, Lahore
10:55 – 11:10 Hi- Tea
Oral Presentation Presenters
11:10 – 11:20 Women’s empowerment: Confronting the acquiescent habitus Severine Minot Habib University
11:20 – 11:30 Financial Abuse: The Reason We Stay Janet Kozak Founder of Muslim Women Against Domestic Violence and Abuse
11:30 – 11:40 Workplace violence towards nurses: an act of remorse upon feminity saleema shoukat ali jassani AKUH
11:40 – 11:50 The Changing Faces of Patriarchy and Resistance in South Asia: From Rashid Jahan to Malala Yousafzai (1932-2015) Raza Naeem School of Governance and Society, University of Management and Technology, Lahore
11:50 – 12:00 “empower youth sexuality: invest today for a better tomorrow” Nazish Hussain Ali AKUH
12:00 – 12:10 “The E of Affluence: Empowerment Through Entrepreneurship For Women In Pakistan” Nayyara Rahman IBA
12:10 – 12:20 Intimate Partner Violence : A Silence to Hear Kinza Iqbal AKUH
12:20 – 12:30 Measuring the impact of training for the development of women empowerment in Pakistan. Farhat Jahan KASBIT
12:30 – 12:40 Violence against women- Don’t just punish, PREVENT! Zoya feroz ali AKUH
12:40 – 12:50 Internalization of patriarchal ideas and its psychological impact on women: A learned helplessness perspective. Zainab Ikram University of Management and Technology, Lahore
01:00 – 01:10 Patriarchy, Radical Feminism and Resistance in Colonial India Raza Naeem School of Governance and Society, University of Management and Technology, Lahore
01:10 – 01:20 How women’s voices are presented in the literature of Muslim societies and how distinctive are they from male voices (considering the work of Shahnameh, poetry of Foroukh and Nizar Qabani) Rozina Vadsariya Institute of Education University of London
01:20 – 01:30 Impact of socio demographics on subjective wellbeing-a study on female teachers of public sector universities of Pakistan Karachi sheeba farhan psychology dept uni of karachi
01:30 – 01:40 Violence on Pakistani Women: Analyzing factors, prevalence and strategies to control Farah Noorali Wasaya AKUH
01:40 – 01:50 Prostitution: A Trade Promoted by Society Sana Tariq SZABIST
01:50 – 02:00 Femininity and their rights violation and male dominancy. Karishma Karim Halani AKUH
02:00 – 02:10 Young woman entrepreneur from Bamyan, Afghanistan;  An inspiration for Women entrepreneurs in Afghanistan Amina Hassanpoor Afghanistan
02:10 – 02:20 Efficacy of Nutritional Knowledge Raising in Pregnant Women’s Diet change A study in Bamyan Province-Afghanistan Razia Etemadi Afghanistan
02:20 – 02:30 Gender and classroom practice Sunita Irfan Institute of Education, University of London
02:30 – 02:40 Concept Note On Female entrepreneurship Ghulam Reza Ahmadi Bradford University of London
02:40 – 02:50 Self-employed door-to-door saleswomen: The obscure picture of potential entrepreneurs Tayyaba Rafique Makhdoom University of Sindh, Jamshoro
02:50 – 03:00 Sukh Initiative – A comprehensive, multidisciplinary, multi-dimensional approach to improve FP/RH services in peri-urban and most neglected areas of Karachi City, Pakistan. Ehsan Ullah Aman Health
03:10 – 03:20 Incapacitating Malnourishment; Need of Maternal and Child Health Developments in Somalia Jama Mohummad somalia
03:20 – 03:30 Daughter’s Education; Experiences and Issues of Urban Cities Mothers Anum Ebad Ali CAS
Closing session Remarks & Awards
20th December 2015 (Sunday) Arts Council Karachi
women Empowerment (Social Session) Moderator: Sadaf Ahmed AEIRC
9:00 – 10:00 breakfast
10:00 – 10:15 Opening Session (Aurat Izaat Nahi Insaan Hai) Shershah Syed PNFWH & AEIRC
10:15 – 10:30 Women And Violence In Pakistan Habiba Hassan Ziauddin
10:30 – 10:45 Make it personel (Art) Wendy Marijnissen Belgium
10:45 – 11:00 How Performing Arts Are Used By Tehrik-e-Niswan Cultural Action Group To Bring Messages Of Women’s Rights Sheema Kermani Tehrik-e-Niswan
11:00 – 11:15 Women’s Empowerment Hilda Saeed ShirkatGah
11:15 – 11:30 Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional Dr Kaiser Sajjad Arts Council Karachi
11:30 – 12:00 Ghazl Azhar Abbas Naqvi Geo Tv
12:00 – 12:10 Award for Photography Competition
12:10 – 01:10 Stage Play Tehrik-e-Niswan Tehrik-e-Niswan
01:10 – 01:20 Closing Remarks Sadaf Ahmed AEIRC


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Karachi Press Club: Service Station Rd, Karachi, Pakistan

Pakistan Medical Association: P.M.A. House, Aga Khan III Road, Karachi – Pakistan

Atia Auditorium: 45 Malir township, Kala Board, Shahrah-e-Faisal, Near Jinnah International Airport, Karachi, Pakistan.

Arts Council Karachi: M.R. Kayani Road, Karachi, Pakistan.

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