Principles of women empowerment launched

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Monday, June 17, 2013 - Karachi—Business, Academia and Civil Society support empowering of women to participate fully in economic life in all sector and levels of economic activity as an essential initiative for establishing a stable and just society in Pakistan.


The Seven Principles of Women Empowerment under the theme “Equality Means Business “ were launched by Global Compact Pakistan and Employers Federation of Pakistan in an impressive ceremony at the North Nazimabad campus of the Newports Institute, said a statement issued on Sunday.


Vice Chairman, House of Habibs Sohail Ahmed in his key note speech emphasized that instead of putting women in womanly jobs, business should be more family friendly for creating an environment in which women can freely think, operate and contribute to business growth and sustainability.


In his inaugural speech, President of the Steering Committee, Ahsanullah Khan said launching of the seven principles of women empowerment in Pakistan aimed to help private sector to focuses on key elements integral to promoting gender equality at the work place, market place and community


Dr Shahida Saleem, Advisor, Federation of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) said that empowerment is the sum of means plus skills, plus accountability and business to empower women must provide all the three to optimize from their potential to contribute to its growth.


She assured full support of the FPCCI in helping private sector to play its pivotal role in embracing the principles of women empowerment.


Dr. Shahida Sajjad, representing the Employers Federation of Pakistan quoted global instances of how business were benefiting themselves by empowering women.


Companies have been able to achieve more than 30 per cent profit due to women who genetically work with partnership, she said.


President, All Pakistan Trade Union Congress Shaukat Ali urged for more induction of women in executive bodies of trade unions.


She also called for more women representation at the enterprise level institutions which will create more viable opportunities for women empowerment.


Earlier, Secretary of the Local Network Fasihul Karim Siddiqi introduced the Seven Principles of Women Empowerment as a partnership initiative by the UN Women and the UN Global Compact.


These principles, he elaborated, in fact provide a seven step guideline for how a vibrant business environment can be created for deriving maximum benefit from equitable gender empowerment as a guarantee for sustainable growth.


He called upon private and public sector business, government, workers and employer bodies, academia, media, judiciary, professional organisations and civil society to join hands in promoting these principles to strengthen our initiative to build a just, stable and socially responsive society.


Other notables also addressed the launching ceremony which was largely attended by representatives of business, workers, academia and civil society.

Courtesy:  pak Observer

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