2016 Joan Trevelyan Memorial Lecture by Syeda Abida Hussain
The Centre for Muslim States and Societies invites you to 2016 Joan Trevelyan Memorial Lecture "Power Failure: The Political Odyssey of a Pakistani" by Syeda Abida Hussain.
WHEN: 24 October 2016
VENUE: Uni Club, University of Western Australia
In Power Failure: The Political Odyssey of a Pakistani Woman, published by Oxford University Press in 2015, Syeda Abida Hussain outlines the impacts that key political events in Pakistan have had on her personal life — and on the destiny of the nation. It is a political autobiography which gives an insider view into the tumultuous political events in Pakistan from Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s rule from the early 1970s to the assassination of Benazir Bhutto in 2007. She provides insights into the high developmental potentials of Pakistan at the time of Partition in 1947; the challenges of poverty and inequality since the country’s inception; and the consequent rise of militant and extremist groups emerging out of religiosity rather than religion onto its political landscape.
In this year’s Joan Trevelyan Memorial Lecture, Abida Hussain will give a speech on her book. The book will also be launched by The Hon Liz Behjat, Member for North Metropolitan Region
About Syeda Abida Hussain
Syeda Abida Hussain is a Pakistani politician, diplomat and agriculturist. Hailing from Jhang situated in Punjab province, Syeda Abida Hussain has the distinction of being the first woman to chair the District Council of Jhang, and the first woman to be popularly elected as a Member of the National Assembly of Pakistan. Having been appointed as Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States from 1991 to 1994, she also served as Minister for Education, Science and Technology (1996), Minister for Food and Agriculture (1997), Minister for Population Welfare, and as Minister for Environment and Urban Affairs (1999).
About Joan Trevelyan Memorial lecture
The Centre organises an annual memorial lecture to honour the contributions made by Dr Joan Trevelyan to the wider community in Western Australia.
Joan Frieda Trevelyan (1912 – 2008)
Joan Trevelyan was one of the first few female graduates in Medicine from Oxford University in 1938. She worked at the Radcliffe in Oxford and later St Thomas' Hospital in London. She married John Trevelyan, the Secretary of the Board of Film Censors, and had two children, James and Sara.
After her divorce she emigrated to Australia in 1959 with her children. She was the first female doctor at Fremantle Hospital. She also worked as medical officer for the Allawah Grove settlement for Aboriginal people, and set up the first of Perth’s female-only general practices, close to the UWA. She returned to UK in 1971 and came back to Perth in 2005. During this time, she supported the Abbot Hall Art Gallery and the Brewery Arts Centre, both of which have become leading centres for the arts in the UK.
She was an ardent supporter for disadvantaged people, an avid reader and a philanthropist.