Director: Prof. Dr. Nasreen Aslam Shah
The centre was established as a project in 1989 by the Ministry of Women Development, Government of Pakistan. For the last 21 years CEWS has had a special appeal for students from all over the country. The first M.A in Women’s Studies in Pakistan began in 1996 at the University of Karachi. In 2002 Centre initiated M.Phil / Ph.D program. From 2004 the discipline of Women’s Studies was introduced as a subsidiary course at First Year (Hons.) level. From January 2007 BS (Hons.) 4 years program was launched and from January 2010 M.A (Evening) program has also started. Innovative courses and seminars offered at the Centre, and research conducted here, aims at generating a functional knowledge base with the purpose of identifying hitherto under-used and neglected human resources for national growth.
Majority of CEWS graduates are now placed at various administrative positions in NGOs, International Welfare Organizations, Research Organizations, Planning and Development, Government, Semi-Government, Private Organizations and Teaching both at the local and national level. CEWS give priority to its students and employ as cooperative teachers and research associates. Along with this, Graduates of the Centre are working in different International, National and other organizations such as Ministry of Women and Development (MoWD) Islamabad, Women and Development Department (WDD) Sindh, Sindh University (Jamshoro), Karrakurum University, Social Policy Development Centre (SPDC), Aga Khan Rural Support Program (AKRSP), World Wild Life Fund (WWF). They are also working in NGOs like Aurat Foundation, Shirkat Gah, War Against Rape (WAR), Health Oriented Preventive Education (HOPE), Madadgar, Pakistan Institution of Labour Education and Research (PILER), Labour Education Foundation (LEF), Society for the Protection of the Rights of the Child (SPARC), Society for the Advancement of Community Health, Education and Training (SACHET), Inter Press Communication (IPC), Rozan, etc.