Lahore : Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) President Engr. Daroo Khan Achakzai said on Wednesday that the FPCCI was committed to promoting the economic and social empowerment of women. Empowering women and achieving gender equality was a key to driving economies and reducing feminized poverty.
President FPCCI Engr. Daroo Khan Achakzai expressed these views while talking to a delegation of Founders and Leaders of Women Chambers of Commerce and Industry at the FPCCI Regional Office Lahore.
He appreciated women role in economic progress of the country and said we are seeing women role in every walk of life and their role in other sectors is praiseworthy.
On the occasion, Iftikhar Ali Malik, Senior Vice President SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry said, “It is a widely accepted fact that no nation can make any progress without the cooperation of women. No nation is capable of remaining a strong nation unless its men and women struggle together for the achievement of its goals.”
Abdul Rauf Mukhtar, Vice President and Regional Chairman FPCCI said that “Woman are capable enough to elevate themselves out of poverty to play an important role in the national development while the government needs to expedite the women empowerment initiatives,”
Shireen Arshad Khan, Vice President FPCCI said that Women entrepreneurs can contribute a lot in economic growth of the country if they realize their rights and work in partnership with business, government and civil society to improve their opportunities and outcomes in global value chains.
She said that Women’s economic empowerment was actually 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.
She thanked the leadership of FPCCI for convening this Special meeting and offering unconditional support to women entrepreneurs and putting across a message to the society that with required support and sufficient training women can transform the economy of Pakistan.