ISLAMABAD, MAR 8 (DNA) – In connection with International Women’s Day celebrations, International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) in collaboration with Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) Ministry of Climate Change, Embassy of Nepal in Pakistan, National Commission on Status of Women, Rural Support Programmes Network, Hashoo Foundation, Technology Times, International Islamic University, Roots Millennium Oxbridge Campus, local communities from Gilgit Baltistan and other local partners organized a seminar, which was attended by number of women social activists, educationists, entrepreneurs, researchers and workers from all walks of life. Women’s local handicraft exhibition was also the part of this seminar.
The objectives of the seminar was to highlight the issues women facing in leadership and their contributions towards nation building through education, health, commerce, science & technology, conservation, and development.
Chairman PARC, Dr. Muhammad Azeem Khan views “we all are gathered here to appreciate, acknowledge and highlight the performance and commitment of women as health care workers, caregivers, innovators, community organizers and national leaders while combating the COVID-19 pandemic. NARC is also taking part in varied women-focused initiatives including kitchen-gardening and agricultural inputs to provide economic substance to the women. he further added, households technology has also resulted in women inclusion and new concepts of business development in the country. Women inclusion can upscale country’s economic opportunities in post COVID era”.
Mr. Tapas Adhikari, Ambassador, Embassy of Nepal was the guest of honor at the occasion, “he admired the women work displayed at the stalls and said, Pakistan’s efforts in engaging women in economic activities particularly the government’s flagship programme of Ehsaas Aamdan Programme is a breakthrough to this part. The interest-free-loans to women has not only built the confidence of women but enhanced the output of the programme”.
Mr. Muhammad Ismail, Country Representative, ICIMOD “appreciated the women empowerment initiatives of development partners and believed that, the social and development sector organizations can ensure women inclusion, gender mainstreaming and imparting new skills to women in rural and far-flung areas of the country. He further said that, women can achieve many milestones if provided equal opportunities and confidence”.
At the occasion Ms. Humaira from Aga Khan Development Network, Dr. Fauzia, IIUI, Ms. Nomeena Anis from FAO and Ms. Ayesha from Hashoo Foundation were also among the guests, while talking about the role of women in leadership in and out of house they told our girls are actively engaged in behavioral change and acceptance of new trends in their societies. Everyone has a leaders inside we should encourage them and encourage young women leadership and in this regard, their respective organizations are engaging community women in participating development work and learning new skills to earn livelihood for their families.”=DNA