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Samina Fazil

Founder President of Islamabad Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IWCCI)

As the Founder President of Islamabad Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IWCCI) I extend my warmest welcome to you.

In the past 17 years, IWCCI has built up a fund of knowledge, experience and has accumulated a number of benefits for its members. Being founder President, my goal is to encourage continuing growth and awareness of IWCCI.

I started of my journey in 1989. I use to supply readymade garments in market. I opened up my own outlet of readymade garments in 1990. I was the first woman in twin cities to open up an outlet in the market that was male dominated. I encountered many problems, at that time there was hardly any help available so I decided to work harder to form an exclusive chamber for Women. At that time, there was no law to establish a separate women chamber. I personally advocated the government of Pakistan to allow the establishment of separate chambers for Business women in Pakistan.

We Started working in 2000 and got license in 2009, Started with 5 members and now we cater more than 350 women entrepreneurs of twin cities, I have tried my level best for establishing this chamber and enabling environment where women can come without any hesitation and take membership, we have helped them to establish their business and further marketed their products in local, national and international markets. 

Our chamber acts as an institution where women entrepreneurs no matter how small or big their businesses are, gather and share their experiences and failures and also the secrets that how they converted their failures in to success.

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.

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