The Debating Society of Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Medical and Dental College Lahore organised an all women debating championship in January of 2018. This is the first event of its kind to take place in Pakistan.
Speaking to MangoBaaz Campus the organizers had this to say about the event:
“The idea behind this tournament was to create a national forum where school and universities female debaters could come together and debate on an equal platform.”
The event heads acknowledge that women are believed to be less credible than men and that male dominant debating societies tend to be discriminatory towards women. Thus, the idea of the all women debating championship was born. This four day event was inspired by the ‘Griffith AustralAsian Women Debating Championship’, which allows women to debate in a comfortable and equal environment.
Different teams from various educational institutes participated like Kinnaird College for Women University, Forman Christian College, Ameerud Din Medical College etc. participated with full energy and enthusiasm.
“All in all we feel we learnt a lot from this tournament, especially that there are many undermined female speakers in the circuit.”
There were a lot of girls debating for the first time who normally would not have gotten picked in their University’s debating team because of majority male speakers. Some girls also took a new step to try parliamentary debates for the first time with comfort and motivation.
The winners of the tournament was the team from Kinnaird College, and Government College University’s team was the runners up.
This event brought about a positive impact on all women debaters. Having such events is a step to support and motivate them as speakers. They were not overlooked in this tournament, nor dominated by males; this was a necessary confidence boost for these speakers. This debating championship was a great initiative taken by the Debating Society of Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Medical and Dental College Lahore. Way to go girls!