The USAID-funded, Centre for Business & Society (CBS) held a training on ‘Development and Leadership: The Gender Dimension’ for civil society and government officials. The training was held at the LUMS Rausing Executive Development Center (REDC).
The training was conducted for officials from civil society organisations (CSOs) and government organisations at the leadership level. Several organisations like NADRA, SEHER, Balochistan Rural Support Program (BRSP), Reform Support Unit Education and Literacy Department (RSUELD), Education Department Government of Sindh, Auditor General Office (Islamabad), GENCO-3, IBA Sukkur, Institute of Management Sciences (IMS) and other CSOs participated in the training.
Mr. Saad Rasool from the LUMS Shaikh Ahmad Hassan School of Law (SAHSOL) was the lead faculty for the training, other faculty included Dr. Ali Qazilbash and Dr. Anwar Khurshid. The training, which was attended by 30 participants, was highly appreciated and acknowledged by them as very resourceful, thought provoking and interactive sessions.
Issues like democracy and governance, perspectives on gender and development, gender in context of constitution and law, gender challenges in the public, private and CSO sectors, perspectives on leadership and leadership style differences, building cross gender teams, career mobility, institutional biases and their correction were discussed in great detail and the participants shared their thoughts and experiences.
The participants said that the training has showed them new perspectives of gender issues and it will help them in future to cope with problems which involve gender issues and leadership interventions. They also shared that like all other disciplines, gender integration is also very important for organisations as it creates diversity and collective wisdom. Ms Uzma Gulzar, a participant, described the training as ‘life changing’ and ‘mind opening’.