Organized by Critical Thinking Forum of the IRD, IIU  at Auditorium, Fatima Block, Female Campus, IIU  7-9 December 2016

The Critical Thinking Forum of the IRD, IIUI organized 2-day International Conference titled “Women, Environment and Environmental Justice” at Auditorium, Fatima Block, Female Campus, IIUI on 7-9 December 2016.

Development is not only construction of roads, buildings and infrastructure but composition of freedom of expression, thoughts and justice in society”   

Professor Dr. Shahid Siddiqui Vice Chancellor AIOU.

The 3-day international conference was organized by IRD’s Critical Thinking Forum (CTF) in collaboration with the US Embassy, Islamabad. The inaugural session was attended by Professor Dr. Shahid Siddiqui, Vice-Chancellor, Allama Iqbal Open University, Islamabad (AIOU) as chief guest whereas Professor Dr. Muhamamd Masoom Yasinzai, Rector, IIUI presided over the ceremony.

Mr. Rob Raines, U.S Embassy Counselor for Public Affairs Islamabad, Prof. Dr. Cara Cilano, chairperson department of English, Michigan State University, USA, Dr. Samina Malik, Director Female Campus IIUI, Dr. Munazza Yaqoob, Project Director, Founder & in charge Critical Thinking Forum (CTF), department of English, IIUI and a large number of students also attended the ceremony.

We should remember that in reality there is no stereotype of standards and sub-standards in society but it is created by dominant groups which can be tackled through education said Dr. Siddiqui Vice Chancellor AIOU.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Siddiqui said that in reality there is no stereotype of standard and sub-standard in society but it is created by dominant groups which can be tackled through education. He added that education is essential to find differences prevailing in society and to eradicate those. “Development is not only construction of roads, buildings, and infrastructure but the composition of freedom of expression, thoughts and justice in society,” said Vice Chancellor AIOU.

He further said that education is a tool to learn how to live with others in society with good manners and termed it as an essential part of development. Dr. Siddiqui suggested that the education system should be transformable based instead of transmission based to bring development in the society. He appreciated the role of media in promoting education in the country and stressed new strategies to excel in it.

People to people contact is vital for cultural exchange to create favorable momentum in the society. Mr Rob Raines of US Embassy Islamabad.

Rector IIUI, Dr. Masoom said that men and women should have equitable participation in environmental justice, more for women because they have more interaction with the environment in daily lives. He said that urbanization and loss of natural resources have resulted in a massive increase in environmental pollution which caused enormous harm to the well-being of the masses.

Rob Raines appreciated the efforts of CTF and hailed its contributions. He said that people-to-people contact is vital for cultural exchange to create favorable momentum in society. Mr. Rob appreciated the role of students and civil society in the US contributing to cultural exchanges with different countries.

The event was also addressed by Dr. Munnaza Yaqoob who elaborated on the role of CTF. Dr. Samina Malik welcomed the guests and thanked the IIUI administration for cooperation in arranging the moot. In the end, Rector IIUI presented the University crest to the chief guest. As reported by (Jamshid Ullah Khan).