Centre of Excellence in Gender Studies

Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad

Certification in Gender Studies



Considering the significance and importance of gender-based issues for the mid-career professionals (Bureaucrats, Journalists, Govt. and NGO employees) based/posted in Islamabad/Rawalpindi, the Centre of Excellence in Gender Studies, Quaid-i-Azam University introduces Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma in Gender Studies programs during the evening. All the courses offered will be instructed by competent and diverse faculty members of the Centre.


CEGS as a Centre of Excellence is geared towards education and awareness along with promoting research-based programs. To cater to the mid-career professionals’ academic and research needs, it is felt that programs of short duration would be offered that would be beneficial for those individuals who otherwise might not be able to join long duration (morning) programs.

Faculty Members

Dr. Farzana Bari

Dr Bari was one of the pioneers and first academic and administrative head of the Centre of Excellence in Gender Studies, Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad. For many years she has been actively involved in campaigning and raising awareness about gender issues in Pakistan, along with being involved in various groups and movements working for human rights and social justice. She is the founding member of Women Action Forum and Pattan Development Organization, a rural based NGO. She has written extensively on social development, gender and governance and violence against women’s issues. She writes regularly on women’s issues in the local newspapers.

Dr. Maria Rashid

Dr. Rashid has been working in the human rights and development sector for over 22 years now. A psychologist by training, she has been associated with various non-governmental groups in Pakistan including heading a national women and child rights organization for 14 years. She acquired her doctorate in Politics and International Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London in 2018. Her book, Dying to Serve, Militarism, Affect and the Politics of Sacrifice in the Pakistan Army was published in 2020 by Stanford University Press. She continues to be involved in trainings and research on violence against women, gender, masculinities, and militarism, both nationally and in South Asia.

Ms. Fatimah Ihsan

Ms. Ihsan is an Assistant Professor who is currently the Incharge at the Centre of Excellence in Gender Studies (CEGS) where she has taught for over ten years and supervised numerous researches. In addition, Ms. Ihsan has over 15 years of experience in the development sector both as full time and freelance consultant -she has headed international research projects and conducted gender assessments, evaluations and scoping studies with different multilateral and bilateral donor agencies and local and international NGOs.

Ms. Amna Hafeez Mobeen

Ms. Mobeen has taught as a lecturer at the Centre of Excellence in Gender Studies, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad since 2012. She is currently enrolled as a PhD scholar at the National Institute of Pakistan Studies, Islamabad. She has done a postgraduate degree in Gender and Media from the University of Sussex, UK and a post graduate diploma in social studies from the University of Warwick, UK. Her areas of research interest include the relational dynamics between gender, culture, and politics. Furthermore, through her work she has been involved in raising gender consciousness and sensitization at various forums and institutions.

Ms. Laila Ashraf

Hailing from Gilgit Baltistan Ms. Ashraf has an experience of working with bilateral and multilateral agencies, as a researcher. Her areas of research have included gender-based violence and economic engagement of women. She has also taught MBA students in Management sciences, Quaid-i-Azam University & has been a guest lecturer at the centre of gender studies. She also dabbles in impromptu poetry in her native language, Shina.

Medium of Study


Eligibility Criteria

The programs will cater to individuals from diverse academic and professional backgrounds. Mid-career individuals and professionals will be preferred on the basics of experience over fresh graduates. The committee comprising of the CEGS faculty shall determine the candidate’s eligibility/qualification to take admission in the evening program.

Time Schedule

Five Working Days

Note: Classes can be arranged on weekends to meet the credit hours requirement if needed. (Occasionally)

Structure of the Program

Postgraduate Certificate in Gender Studies

Certification is Leading to Postgraduate Advanced Diploma in Gender Studies

Classes to be held five days a week

Duration: 16-18 working weeks

Credit Hours: 15

No. of Courses: 5 Courses

Courses: All Compulsory

Postgraduate Advanced Diploma in Gender Studies

This program will build on the previously offered certificate level, allowing the individuals who want to continue with it after the previous level.

Duration: 1year (2-semersters)

Credit Hours: 33 (Certificate course credit hours 15 + Second semester 18= 33)

No. of Courses: 6 Courses ( Four Compulsory Courses and Two Optional Courses)


Postgraduate Certificate in Gender Studies

Courses: All Compulsory

  • GS-300: Introduction to Gender Studies

  • GS-301: Feminist Theory and Practice
  • GS-302: Feminist Research Methodologies
  • GS- 304: Social Construction of Gender
  • GS-303: Gender and Development

Postgraduate Advanced Diploma in Gender Studies

  • GS-305: Women’s Movement in Pakistan: Issues and Challenges
  • GS-306: Status of women in Pakistan
  • GS- 307: Gender-based violence
  • GS-308: Gender and Governance
  • GS-311: Gender and Media
  • GS-322: Women and Work
  • GS-323: Women and Environment
  • GS-324: Gender, Peace, and Security
  • GS-330: Gender Mainstreaming
  • GS-337: Gender and International Relations

Fee Structure

Postgraduate Advanced Diploma in Gender Studies

S. No.

Fee Head



Transport Fee



Computer Charges



Admission Fee



Documents Verification Fee



Identity Card



Terminal Examination Fee



Tuition Fee Rs. 5670x 18 C/H



Registration Fee



Sports Charges



Student Service Charges



Student Welfare Fund



Library Charges



Library Security





Postgraduate Certificate in Gender Studies

Fee Head Rs.
Transport Fee 5100
Computer Charges 570
Admission Fee 3490
Documents Verification Fee 2500
Identity Card 250
Terminal Examination Fee 1130
Tuition Fee Rs. 5670x 15 C/H 85050
Registration Fee 3490
Sports Charges 860
Student Service Charges 1000
Student Welfare Fund 670
Library Charges 910
Library Security 7000
Total 112020