‘From Struggles to Success’ – Women’s Empowerment: Surrey Nov 4-6/11

‘From Struggles to Success’
The Empowerment of South Asian Women through the Written & Spoken Word
Kwantlen Polytechnic University
November 4-6, 2011

Kwantlen Polytechnic University, will host a 3 day event, from Nov 4 to Nov 6, focusing on the empowerment of women within the South Asian Canadian community. The purpose of this event is twofold:
1) To challenge the stereotype that ‘all’ South Asian women are subjugated and oppressed
2) To acknowledge that many South Asian women still face great inequity and need to overcome a greater number of obstacles in their lives than women from other ethnic communities.

All events, except for the academic seminar, will be bilingual (English and Punjabi). The events are as follows:
1) An Academic seminar
2) Women’s panel (testimonies of successful South Asian women and their personal struggles; including poet Sukhwinder Amrit and actresses Sunita Dhir and Rama Vij
3) A Punjabi student skit competition (issues dealing with women)
4) A play dealing with the link between honour and daughters

All events are free of cost, but we highly encourage RSVPs so that adequate arrangements may be made for refreshments. Free tickets are available at the door at Bell Centre for the Performing Arts in Surrey, but may be obtained beforehand by contacting:
Ranbir Johal:
ranbir.johal@kwantlen.ca(778) 834-9520
Parvinder Dhariwal:
parvinder.dhariwal@kwantlen.ca (778) 834-8798


Friday, November 4
Afternoon Session: Academic Seminar 1:00-4:00

12:30 Registration/Refreshments
1:00 Anne Lavack
VP Academic and Provost Welcome to Kwantlen
1:05 Ranbir Johal, Kwantlen, Opening Remarks
1:10 Keynote Speaker: Dr. Hartej Gill ,
Department of Education, UBC
HerStory: Women and Education
1:30 Dr. Mohammed Idris,
Punjabi University, Patiala
Muslim Women and Modernity: A Case Study of Educational and Social Status of Muslim Women in the Punjab (1857-1947 A.D.)
1:50 Almas Zakiuddin
Kwantlen Polytechnic University
In the Name of Honour: Understanding Sexual Violence against Muslim Women
2:10 Dr. Anne Murphy
University of British Columbia
A different history: Telling the story of Sikh women
2:30 Dr. Sunita Dhir
Punjabi University, Patiala The Role of Women in Theatre
2:50 Ranbir Johal
Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Theatre as a tool for the Education and Empowerment of Women
3:10 Dr. Balbir Gurm
Kwantlen Polytechnic University Question/Answer
Future Planning/Projects
3:55 Closing Remarks`

Friday, November 4
Evening Session : Women’s Panel 6:00-9:00

6:00 Welcome Anne M. Lavack, Ph.D.
Provost & Vice-President, Academic
Kwantlen Polytechnic University
6:10 Introductions Tarannum Thind
6:20 Power Point Presentation of Biographies Parvinder Dhariwal
6:40 Personal Testimonial 1 Rama Vij, Actress
7:00 Personal Testimonial 2 Sukhwinder Amrit, Poet
7:20 Personal Testimonial 3 Dr. SunitaDhir, Actress
7:40 Question/Answer Tarannum Thind
8:40 Closing Remarks Parvinder Dhariwal
8:55 Refreshments/Mingle

Saturday, November 5
Punjabi Student skit competition 1:00-3:00

12:30 Registration Opens Student Volunteers
1:00 Welcome Ranbir Johal
1:05 Opening Remarks Tarannum Thind
1:15 Opening Song Puneet Singh
1:20 Skit 1: Kwantlen Polytechnic University TBA
1:30 Skit 2: Princess Margaret Secondary TBA
1:40 Skit 3: Kwantlen Polytechnic University TBA
1:50 Skit 4: Princess Margaret Secondary TBA
2:00 Skit 5: Kwantlen Polytechnic University TBA
2:10 Skit 6: Princess Margaret Secondary TBA
2:20 Skit 7: TBA TBA
2:30 Skit 8: TBA TBA
2:40 Refreshments/Judges Deliberate TBA
2:55 Award Presentations Judges
3:00 Closing Remarks Parvinder Dhariwal

Sunday, November 6
Evening of Entertainment 6:00 – 9:00

6:00 Opening Remarks Tarannum Thind
6:05 Welcome Anne M. Lavack, Ph.D.
Provost & Vice-President, Academic
Kwantlen Polytechnic University
6:10 Monologue Sana Janjua
6:25 Skit 1 Nandita Gaind
6:30 Freeze Frame Audience
6:40 Skit 2 Parabjot Sekha
6:45 Freeze Frame Audience
6:50 Poetry Sukhwinder Amrit
7:00 Question/Answer? Audience
7:15 Jeeta Bhaan Punjabi Beat Theatre Troupe
8:30 Question/Answer Panel Cast/Director/Writer
9:00 Closing Remarks Tarannum Thind

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