ACCA Pakistan and Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry Multan Organized an Exclusive Conference “Turning the Tide – Women in Business.”. ACCA & Women Chamber Multan has always been at the forefront in leading the agenda when it comes to the topic of women in business & finance. In Pakistan, statistics in access to finance and business are showing that women still face difficulties.
When it comes to gender, the problem of perception still exists, especially in finance & business. ACCA Pakistan and Women Chamber Multan have been working with leading organizations to initiate and encourage the change that is needed from the grassroots. This conference was an outcome of a perefect partnership between the two organization having similar goals with respect to women empowerment issue.
Representatives from the leading organisations present at the event included CIPE International, Ramada, Excellence Delivered, Fatima Group, Hafeez and Shama Cooking Oil, SOS Pakistan. These organizations are the pioneering brands who have partnered with ACCA for the event for the first time in south Punjab.
The event featured a panel discussion which revolved around ACCA’s report on ‘Increasing gender diversity to boost performance’. It gave the audience insights into the policies that needed to be in place to promote economic empowerment of women which is crucial in developing strong societies and strong economies. Mr. Arif Masud Mirza, Head of Policy ACCA MENASA highlighted the salient features of the report and the panelists for the session includedHusnain Haider Langha – Director Trade & Development Authority Multan, Saima Faisal, Director Ramada Multan, Tania buttar – Deputy General Manager – Women Entrepreneurship Development SMEDA and Dr. Urooj Pasha, Assistant professor IMS at BahauddinZakariya University.
The Chief Guest at the conference was SyedaAbida Hussain – Politician & Philanthropist and she highlighted, that women representations in different professions have increased a great deal over the period of last two decades except for business and this initiative by ACCA Pakistan and WCCIM is an excellent step towards creating awerness and encouraging women in business.
Ms. FauziaViqar, Chairperson Provincial Commission on status of women was also one of the keynote speakersand spoke about expanding economic opportunities for women across Pakistan. She highlighted the various aspects of work that her organization is doing to help in women empowerment.
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