PESHAWAR: Australia’s High Commissioner to Pakistan Margaret Adamson and President LadiesFund Tara Dawood Saturday hosted a panel discussion on ‘Women who are shattering glass ceilings,’ in collaboration with LadiesFund, in Islamabad.

Drawing on International Women’s Day 2019 theme “More Powerful Together,” the event aimed at bringing together men and women from across the public and private sector, civil society and academia to recognise the importance of partnerships in creating a world that offers equal rights and opportunities to women and girls, says a press release issued by the Australian High Commission in Islamabad.

“Pakistan has given the world many examples of women shattering the glass ceiling and rising to the very top. International Women’s Day is a time to celebrate and reflect on progress made by these women, and to recommit to challenging the persistent barriers to gender equality and women’s empowerment,” Ms Adamson said.

High Commissioner Adamson also highlighted Australia pursues the goal of equal opportunity for women and girls – both at home and abroad.

“As members of the United Nations Human Rights Council (2018-20), and parties to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, Australia is committed to working with Pakistan to advance the rights of women and girls. Promoting equality and the rights of women and girls is Australian Government’s key policy and aid priority in Pakistan,” she added.

The panellists included renowned beauty entrepreneur and philanthropist Musarrat Misbah, women rights and water activist Simi Kamal, and CEO of the Pakistan Microfinance Investment Company Yasir Asfaq.

The International Women’s Day was marked in Pakistan and rest of the world on Friday, March 8.

International Women’s Day functions were organised in different parts of the country by government departments, schools, non-governmental organisations and companies.

International Women’s Day is a global day to celebrate the achievements of women, and a call to action for gender equality.

The theme this year was #BalanceForBetter, which seeks to create a more gender-balanced world. Balance is more than just a women’s issue—it’s a business issue. “Gender balance is essential for economies and communities to thrive,” says the International Women’s day website.


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