H.E Irving Levance secures assistance from Gender Issues Specialists from Pakistan
The Secretary-General has met with a Delegation of Gender Issues Specialists from Pakistan, both leading academics and experts in their field, and secured their incorporation into the EDU Assessment Committee.
They bring with them valuable experience and insight into the difficulties of ensuring increased Gender Equality in Education (a key EDU objective for 2013) both in Pakistan and neighbouring countries.
Muhammad Ibrar is a Lecturer at the Institute of Social Work, Sociology & Gender Studies, University of Peshawar. He has many years of experience promoting educational access having previously served as a Programme Officer (M&E) at Paiman Alumni Trust, a Consultant with the Sustainable Development Policy Institute in Islamabad, a Social Organizer for the Participatory Environmental Development Programme and as a Supervisor for the research study on “Combat against Child Labor” conducted in Peshawar. He holds a B.A. and an M.A. from the Government Degree College, Takht Bhai.
His esteemed colleague is Ms. Raazia Hassan Naqvi who is a Lecturer at University of the Punjab in Lahore where she teaches “Social Action” and “Sociology of Culture and Social Institutions”. Ms. Naqvi holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management from the Institute of Administrative Sciences, University of the Punjab, a Master of Arts in Social Work from the University of the Punjab and a Bachelor of Arts from Kinnaird College for Women, Lahore.
She has valuable experience with both national and international NGOs operating in Pakistan and Afghanistan as well as Assistant Director (Publication & Public Relations) with the Ministry of Social Welfare, Women Development and Bait ul Mal, Government of Punjab, Lahore.
The Secretary-General watched the Delegation’s presentations with great interest and was impressed with the two experts and their knowledge and cultural insights.
He was kindly presented with generous gifts of a traditional Peshawari Cap and a pair of traditional Pujabi purses, both hand-made by local artisans and which are now displayed prominently in his office.