The United States has played its part in the empowerment of women in Pakistan through different initiatives. One such initiative was taken place at Islamabad club by the name of “Women in the Workplace” which highlighted the importance of women in the development of a country’s economy. The seminar also looked forward to encourage the private sector to make work related policies which were suitable for the women of the society.
The seminar provided a platform for representatives from both large multinationals as well as grass-roots entrepreneurs to engage with a range of government officials, social entrepreneurs and private company representatives on the importance of creating opportunities for women to enter and excel in the Pakistani economy.
U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan Richard Olson describing the importance of having women oriented employment policies said: “Our shared economic potential is bright, but in order to achieve it, we need to encourage, cultivate, and harness the untapped talent and productivity of women across the globe. It must happen in every country on every continent. Achieving shared global prosperity is only possible if we reduce gender gaps in the workforce.”
Ambassador Olson also announced the United States Government’s support of the “WECREATE” project, a women’s entrepreneurship community center that will be based in Islamabad. The Center will provide new and emerging women entrepreneurs access to the mentorship and expert assistance they need to grow their businesses which has a multiplier effect on economies. The program is funded by the U.S. Secretary of State’s Office of Global Women’s Issues Full Partnership Fund, which has a mandate to support gender equality and women’s empowerment initiatives.