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The Institute is located in Lahore, a city that boasts not only a historical and cultural history, but also a history of political consciousness and political activism. The choice of city and Institute was a conscious effort to draw upon and live up to the many possibilities of Lahore. The city has museums, numerous libraries and archives, bookshops, publishing houses, art galleries, historical monuments/architecture, and several parks and gardens.
When the plan for the IWSL was conceptualized, a lot of effort was put into the site’s selection. It is in the center of the city with easy accessibility to market places and other areas for recreation. However, the Institute is located in a quiet lane, away from the nerve wrecking sound of traffic and the congestion of office buildings. Also because security is a major consideration for families to send women members for training or to a public space this also became a main concern when looking for a location. IWSL is the only public Institute that is primarily for women to access, interact, utilize for research, training, library, use of the book shop and for meetings. In Pakistan there has been a dearth of such easily and safely accessible places with all these facilities for women at one location.