Islamabad: Speakers at a two days conference, hosted by the Institute of Peace and Diplomatic Studies in collaboration with the Australian Government, the City School and Women Regional, brought together 25 emerging women leaders from across the country including Gilgit-Baltistan, FATA, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Baluchistan, Sindh, Punjab, and AJ&K, stressed the empowerment of women and provide an opportunity to engage young women leaders to interact with experienced women leaders from different sectors and mentoring them to bridge the gap between emerging and experienced women leaders and providing opportunity for learning and collaboration on issues women face in reaching positions of leadership.
Minister of State, Chairperson Benazir Income Support Program Ms Marvi Memon as a chief guest in the inaugural session while addressing the conference said that women need to strive hard and there is nothing that cannot be done by women.There is a lot that we can all work together to empower the women in order to reach out to the women of Pakistan. She invited the participants of the Congress fellows to the Benazir Income Support Program for briefing session also.
Ms. Farhat Asif, President Institute of Peace and Diplomatic Studies said that the event is mean to bridge the gap between the young and experienced women leaders.
Mr Jurek Juszczyk, a/g Australian High Commissioner to Pakistan also attended the event and said that Australia was pleased to be supporting the Emerging Young Women Leaders Congress.“Promoting gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls are priorities for the Australian Government in Australia, Pakistan and internationally,” he said. “Women in leadership positions influence the aspiration of subsequent generations,” said Mr Juszczyk, “therefore increasing the number of women in senior or visible roles is a viable longer-term strategy for exponential change”.
Ms. Kishwar Sultana , Women Regional Network invited the participants to join the network after highlighting the phenomenal work of the Women Regional Network. The Congress is aimed to inspire and facilitate an advanced exchange of fresh ideas, knowledge and experience of leadership building and networking for women in Pakistan.