Women’s economic opportunities highlighted

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Australian High Commissioner to Pakistan Margaret Adamson

ISLAMABAD, Sep 21 (APP): A panel including Australian High Commissioner to Pakistan Margaret Adamson here Wednesday discussed opportunities for the economic empowerment of Pakistani women.

The discussion brought together a number of participants to discuss opportunities to accelerate women’s economic empowerment in different sectors including the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

Australian High Commissioner Margaret Adamson said Pakistan had immense potential waiting to be unlocked in the form of its talented women.

“The lives of Pakistani women are changing rapidly. It will be vital for a prosperous Pakistan to facilitate an environment which provides enough economic opportunities to engage women. I encourage the development of policies which seek to maximize the participation of women throughout Pakistan’s economy,” a press release of the High Commission quoted her as saying.

She said the Australian Government was actively exploring avenues for increased skills development and opportunities for women’s entrepreneurship in Pakistan.

The discussion was part of a series held by the Inter Agency Gender and Development Group (INGAD) of donors and multilateral agencies working to promote gender equality and interagency coordination in Pakistan since 1985. Australia and UN Women are the co-chairs.

Deputy Country Representative UN Women Sangeeta Thapa said the CPEC offered a huge economic opportunity to accelerate Pakistan’s economic growth.

Director Lok Virsa Dr Fouzia Saeed, in her address, said any economic development initiative had an empowering impact on women.

The panel also included Dr. Zahir Shah, Project Director and CPEC coordinator Ministry Planning Development and Reform, Naeem-uz-Zafar, Member Social Sector Ministry Planning Development and Reform, Syed M. Nawab, UNDP Women’s Economic Empowerment Advisor and Guntur Sugiyartu, ADB Principal Economist.