Founder President of Islamabad Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IWCCI)
For reaching anywhere in life one must be dedicated and visionary enough. I always feel that there is lack of coordination among the women entrepreneurs and at the same very time I see a lot of potential among the businesses ran by women. The women entrepreneurs in Pakistan could play a vital role for development of the country, if they are provided equal opportunities and resources like the women from developed world. Stronger cooperation between the businesswomen in the country is compulsory to increase their trade, and avail the equal opportunities and resources to cope with hunger and poverty in the country.
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I am glad that I got this opportunity to serve Islamabad Women Chamber of Commerce & Industry in the Presidential capacity. We are focused for providing women entrepreneurs the enabling environment in which they can share experiences and learn from each other for business growth. I am very proud that IWCCI is facilitating women entrepreneurs of all tiers from sole proper tier to corporate businesses that women own.
We plan our activities to cater the needs of women entrepreneurs and act as a very active networking platform for their businesses to grow. As this year we are celebrating our 10 years, we are focusing on establishing strategic partnerships and policy advocacy to Government that serves in the best interest of women owned businesses.
As Senior Vice President, I would like to convey that women’s economic empowerment is one of the world’s most promising areas of investment, biggest emerging markets, talent pools and demographic dividends to be tapped.
From the prestigious forum of IWCCI, when we speak of women’s economic empowerment we refer to women’s economic rights including equal access to, ownership of and control over land, property, productive assets and resources including finance and capacity building and access on an equal basis as men to decent work and full and productive employment; their economic independence or full ability to freely assert their autonomy and exercise their choices; and their full access to decision making in all economic decisions that affect their lives and the lives of their families, communities and societies.
These three aspects of empowerment are recognized and promoted as an integrated whole at IWCCI because we all know that if one aspect fails, the full empowerment cannot be realized and the whole sustainable development future is jeopardized. Our business community is ready to facilitate the government, in every possible way, to support the development of policies and partnerships to empower women across the country
In a globalizing world, gender equality and empowerment of women are vital tools to achieve the sustainable development therefore It’s very important to bring women into mainstream so that they can play its due role in the development of country. It is worth recalling that enhancing the participation of women in mainstream development would mean providing greater opportunities and accessibility for them to make decisions, to mange their own resources and to be self reliant.
At IWCCI, we firmly believe that there can be no sustainable development if the tangible and intangible barriers which hold back half the population are not addressed.
Women are powerful agents of change – and empowering women benefits whole societies. We look forward to working with all stakeholders on this important agenda as we know that for our success,, multi-sectoral collaboration is essential with concerted efforts needed by policymakers, financial institutions, the private sector and the women entrepreneurs’ networks.