Rawalpindi, October 27, 2015 – Distinguished faculty and students from the Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU) welcomed U.S. Embassy Islamabad officials today to celebrate the opening of the newly remodeled Susan B. Anthony Reading Room (SBARR) at FJWU in Rawalpindi. The refurbishment provides additional access to books, magazines, scholarly databases, and state-of-the-art technology for FJWU faculty, students, and visitors to the university. The project was made possible by a newly signed three-year agreement between FJWU and U.S. Embassy Islamabad
Fatima Jinnah Women University Vice Chancellor Dr. Samina Amin Qadir and U.S. Embassy Islamabad Counselor for Public Affairs Christina Tomlinson inaugurated the event. Dr. Qadir said, “Our university is proud to host such a popular place that reflects the sustained collaboration between it and U.S. Embassy Islamabad.” Ms. Tomlinson added, “Promoting women’s and girls’ education and gender equality is a foreign policy priority for the United States. The Susan B. Anthony Reading Room is an element of our rich partnership, providing an ever increasing opportunity for dialogue between the two countries.”
First established in 2008, SBARR is a partnership between FJWU and U.S. Embassy Islamabad. The reading room is named after Susan B. Anthony, the nineteenth-century American woman, who was known for her advocacy of education, improved working conditions, voting rights for women, and the abolition of slavery. The reading room will organize monthly programs for university students, faculty, and guests focusing on English language learning, college educational advising and exam resources, U.S. exchange alumni and cultural programs, and information about the United States.
The Susan B. Anthony Reading Room is part of U.S. Embassy Islamabad’s network of 17 Lincoln Corners in Pakistan. Lincoln Corners are resource centers and event spaces hosted in partnership with Pakistani libraries, universities, and cultural centers. They provide a platform for open dialogue between Pakistanis and Americans and strengthen people-to-people ties. To learn more about Lincoln Corners, visit http://islamabad.usembassy.gov/lincoln_corners.html.