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Women Leadership Program complete at UVAS

LAHORE (13-04-23): The University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences Lahore arranged concluding ceremony of three-month long 1st UVAS Women Leadership Program (WLP) in connection with Women Empowerment through Women Involvement in Learning and Leadership (WE-WILL) with aims to address equity gap in women’s higher education leadership here at City Campus.

Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Nasim Ahmad presided over the concluding session of Women Leadership Program and distributed certificates among participants and resource person while Dean Faculty of Biosciences Prof Dr Habib-ur-Rehman, Dean Faculty of Animal Production & Technology Prof Dr Saima, Director Diversity & Inclusion Jazz Ms Sabahat Bokhari Chairperson Department of Anatomy and Histology Prof Dr Hafsa Zaneb and many other senior female faculty & administration staff members from different campuses of UVAS were present.

While addressing the concluding ceremony, Prof Dr Nasim Ahmad said that female strength is increasing almost 50 percent in faculty and administration of UVAS last two decades and they have equal rights & performing their duties with full of dedication. He acknowledged the role of Prof Dr Hafsa Zaneb for successfully completed this program and her lead role especially in the establishment of UVAS Veterinary Academy and for the faculty development under Center for Educational Policy and Administration (CEPA) as well. He said such woman leadership programmes are necessary to arrange continuously in a year for enhancing leadership, financial management, administration and governance skills in woman. He also congratulated to Assistant Prof Dr Saima Ashraf who has been selected in the ‘Aspiring Leaders Cohort’ of the ‘Pakistan Women Leadership in Higher Education’ program offered by Michigan State University USA and funded by the US Embassy Islamabad. Ms Sabahat Bokhari spoke about different initiatives taken by Jazz in terms of offering specific packages, livelihood, imparting education and providing business opportunities for woman empowerment.

Earlier, Prof Dr Hafsa Zaneb spoke about the various inquiry (awareness, research-based, networking) projects submitted by UVAS female faculty members related to empowering woman by making their needs count, awareness about workplace ethics, attitudes and practices among female students in university, creating awareness about the importance of woman in leading academic position in higher education of Pakistan and stress management at workplace, challenges of woman at leadership position in universities, qualitative assessment of challenges faced by Pakistan female leaders, UVAS woman book club & networking and capacity building of female administrative staff.

Many well-known professors/experts from national & international institutions during women leadership program delivered their lectures to participants on leadership, governance, gender issues in academia, equity, sexual harassment, networking, career trajectories and financial management etc.