National Women's Conference on Economic Empowerment in Islamabad to commemorate International Women’s Day

National Commission on the Status of Women, Islamabad (NCSW) and Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF) hosted National Women's Conference on Economic Empowerment in Islamabad to commemorate International Women’s Day. The conference emphasized the vital importance of investing in women's potential and acknowledging their invaluable contributions to society and sustainable economic growth. The event was attended by representatives from government institutions, the donor and diplomatic community, academia, civil society, and students from educational institutions.

During the welcome address, Nadir Gul Barech, CEO of the Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF), underscored the essential link between gender equality and sustainable development goals, including good governance, human rights, and environmental sustainability. Barech detailed PPAF's efforts in enhancing women's access to financial resources, providing assets, interest-free loans, and technical and financial training to reduce poverty and promote inclusion.

Chief Guest, Nilofar Bakhtiar, Chairperson of the National Commission on Status of Women (NCSW), stressed the importance of inspiring a new generation of women to break free from fear and pursue their dreams by equipping them with the skills necessary to become leaders who can contribute to Pakistan’s social and economic well-being. Bakhtiar also shed light on the significance of national narratives 'Paigham e Pakistan' and 'Dukhtaran e Pakistan,' initiatives that promote unity, peace, social cohesion, and the empowerment of women.

The audience also heard former Inspector General of Police, Helena Iqbal Saeed, Dr. Amena Hasan, Dr. Saima Afzal, and Dr. Bakhtawar Khalid, who shared their journeys to success despite facing adversities. They emphasized that success is a journey requiring continuous effort, perseverance, and dedication.

Amtul Raqeeb awards were distributed amongst the women entrepreneurs from marginalized areas from all across Pakistan to celebrate their resilence and inspirational leadership roles in their communities.

Girl students from various colleges in Islamabad and Rawalpindi impressed the audience with their performances themed around the Economic Empowerment of Women, earning accolades from a panel of judges for their creativity and insight.