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In Pakistan , universities were largely mainstays of ideologies that legitimized thirty years of military rule and a number of feminist academics established an institute of women's studies independent of the formal structures of universities, as in the case of the Institute of Women's Studies Lahore (IWSL), established in 1986. At IWSL, they offer Diploma and Certificate programmes and engage in research and advocacy that is firmly connected with the women's movement and addresses the lived experiences of patriarchy in the South Asian context. IWSL relies on a core staff and a number of visiting faculties for its resident course offerings.

Notwithstanding, in recent years, WS/GS courses are now being taught in universities in Pakistan and a Master's programme on Women's Studies has started in Karachi University .

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