Gender equality at workplace in Pakistan: An intersectional perspective


Keynote address by Dr Jawad Syed at the 6th International Conference on Business Management (ICoBM), held at NUST Business School, Islamabad on 26-27 October 2016.


This paper argues that the project of gender equality in Pakistan may not be accomplished without taking into account the intersection of gender with ethnicity and other forms of identity. Indeed, notwithstanding recent strides in legislation protecting women’s rights within and outside the workplace, gender equality remains a sore area inContinue reading “Gender equality at workplace in Pakistan: An intersectional perspective”

International Arms Trade and Refugee Crises

Snip20160815_14The production, sales and export of arms not only enables and intensifies armed conflicts worldwide but is also related to the number of refugees and displaced persons. This is an issue of social responsibility and business ethics of organisations and governments involved in the arms trade.

The issue is of equal importance to organisations dealing with refugees and their wellbeing and inclusion. There is generally a dearth of studies addressing the ethical aspect of the arms industry, particularly its impact on refugees.

In this presentation at a professional development workshop at the Academy of Management Conference (Anaheim 2016), Prof Syed discusses the implications of international arms trade for the current refugee crises.

The inability to fit in and become invisible


The inability to fit in and become invisible: Narratives of British Pakistani female managers and professionals

By Shehla Riza Arifeen and Jawad Syed

Paper presentation at the Academy of Management Conference, Anaheim, August 5-9, 2016.

This paper uses an intersectional lens to explore career experiences of ‘the second generation’ British Pakistani female managers and professionals, and examines the ways in which organizations contribute to or mitigate inequality. While this group should be relatively advantaged by virtue of its managerial and professional status, the study finds that the disadvantage caused by intersectionality of gender, ethnicity and religion continues to be reproduced. The paper demonstrates how practices that are considered ‘the norm’ in organizations, and are crucial to fitting in, can create feelings of difference and marginalization because of the diverse employees’ inability to fit in and become invisible. The study shows that being at an intersectional location increases these women’s visibility in a negative way, creating a situation that perpetuates and reproduces inequalities.

A relational perspective on gender equality and mainstreaming: The case of Pakistan 

This paper argues that single-level conceptualisations of gender mainstreaming and equality within organisational or legal policy domain are inadequate to capture its contextual and multilevel nature.

It develops and offers a multilevel perspective on this issue and situates it in the context of Pakistan, a developing Muslim majority country in South Asia.

Based on a review of macro-level factors (e.g., laws, policies and culture), meso-level factors (e.g., organisational interventions) and micro-level factors (e.g., intersection of gender with social class and family status) in Pakistan, the paper develops a contextual perspective on gender mainstreaming to achieve gender equality at multiple levels.

Speaker: Prof Jawad Syed
Event: Talent, Diversity and Development (TDD) Research Group Seminar Series
Venue: University of Huddersfield Business School
Date of lecture: 14 June 2016

EURAM 2016 GRDO SIG Plenary: Postoclonialism, power and diversity

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Postoclonialism, power and diversity

European Academy of Management Conference
‘Gender, Race and Diversity in Organisations’ Special Interest Group

Plenary speakers
Beverly Dawn Metcalfe, Jawad Syed, Hamid Kazeroony, and Harry J. Van Buren III

Date: 3 June 2016

Venue: Université Paris Est Créteil

The plenary offered a global perspective on postoclonialism and diversity. It
highlighted and challenged the power of colonial and neoliberal knowledge thatContinue reading “EURAM 2016 GRDO SIG Plenary: Postoclonialism, power and diversity”