Aligarh: Experts nurtured, encouraged and catalyzed the potential of female students to transform themselves and their country through leadership and economic participation during the Online Workshop on ’21st Century Female Leader: How to be Present in the Moment’ organised by the Advanced Centre for Women’s Studies, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) in collaboration with LedBy Foundation SICI Harvard Kennedy (Harvard Kennedy School Social Innovation and Change Initiative).
Conducting the workshop, the resource person, Dr Ruha Shadab (Founder and CEO of LedBy Foundation) exhorted girl students to become role models for their subordinates and inspire their teams with leadership skills.
Dr Ruha with Shabeena Shaikh and Paran Amitava of the LedBy Foundation urged female students to understand the necessity of women leading from the front.
“There has been a gradual rise in the number of women in senior leadership and female leaders from across generations are working together to find new solutions to the world’s biggest problems”, she added.
The Chief Guest, Dr Hameeda Tariq, a renowned paediatrician pointed out that women are proving their capabilities in all sectors and men should consider women as allies and not threats.
Elaborating the role of women leaders such as New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in slowing the spread of the Covid19 pandemic in their respective countries, Dr Hameeda said that these women leaders took the necessary steps to successfully decrease the rate of infections at a time when most of the world was struggling to contain the crisis.
She emphasised that these women leaders came to the helm of affairs in their countries because of equal opportunities and the way they were socialised in a surrounding where work of women is celebrated and appreciated.
Prof Azra Musavi, Director, Advanced Centre for Women’s Studies asserted that these workshops are necessary for inspiring and encouraging women students.
She pointed out that AMU faculty members such as, Prof Zakia Siddiqui, (Founder Director, Advanced Centre for Women’s Studies) and Prof Shireen Moosvi (Former Director) have set examples of good leadership skills by establishing the Centre.
Dr Juhi Gupta introduced the guests to female participants of the workshop, while Suheba extended the vote of thanks.