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AI and gender equality

International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated annually on March 8 to raise awareness about women’s rights. IWD is strongly linked to women’s movements throughout history for advancing equality. Therefore, the…

IWD: challenges ahead

A quick quesion: How long do you think it will take before the number of women enrolled in universities worldwide equals the number of men? Five years? Fifteen years? Twenty-five…

Towards progress

Women form 49.7 per cent of the population of the world. The percentage, with slight variations, has been almost similar throughout history. Ironically, in our journey from the Stone Age…

Greek tragedy: Pakistan mourns

Hundreds of confirmed deaths of young Pakistani men on the fishing trawler off the Greek coast made headlines on June 14. Some reports say up to almost 300 Pakistanis alone…

Parenthood and the state

The story is all too familiar in Pakistan; for far too long, we have witnessed the various manifestations of the unfair choices working parents are subjected to in the face…

Women in development

Sustainable development is defined as “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”. In 2015, the UN General…

Productivity and distortions

Generally academic debates remain limited in academic circles with their key takeaways inked in books and journal articles. The real world of economic policymaking has its own universe. However policy…

Assuming a spherical cow

Milk production at a dairy farm was low, so the farmer wrote to the local university, asking for help from academia. A multidisciplinary team of professors was assembled, headed by…