Eminent women from different fields of life share their journey to fame & success


Serena hotel celebrates female role model in Pakistan

Zubair Qureshi

A highly inspiring panel of eminent women from diverse backgrounds Friday shared their life’s achievements and the struggle to find their place in society during a panel discussion organized by the Islamabad Serena Hotel.

The event titled “Celebrating Female Role Models of Pakistan” brought together a large number of female and of course, male listeners who looked toward them as their role model.

According to CEO of the Serena Hotels, Aziz Boolani, the aim of the event was to honour women who have displayed exemplary talent, grit, com-mitment and professional excellence in their respec-tive fields to make their mark, and become role models for the younger generation of women.

The panel included Abida Malik, President of Be-hbud Association; Kashmala Tariq, Federal Om-budsperson for Protection against Harassment of Women at Workplaces; Alia Zafar, Group Head, People & Organizational Excellence at Bank of Punjab; Sarwat Majeed, the first female General Manager of Serena Hotels Asia; Dr. Muneeza Riz-wan, Head of Dermatology at PAF Hospital and young female powerhouse singer Hadia Hashmi, who made her mark with her Nescafe Basement debut.

Kashmala Tariq said it was important to celebrate women role models for the future generation of professional women, for whom the pioneers are paving the way so they face lesser challenges and more success.

Dr. Muneeza Rizwan remarked that she felt a truly successful woman is one who is a success in her role at work as well as a success in her role at home.

Sarwat Majeed, General Manager for Serena Hotels in the North, and the first female GM in Serena Hotels Asia, said that corporations play an impor-tant role in nurturing the potential of female em-ployees.

Abida Malik thanked Serena Hotels for always sup-porting the cause of women empowerment, through support for the work of Behbud Association espe-cially the women artisans.

The event was held as part of Raabta, a Public Di-plomacy Initiative of Serena Hotels that aims to curate conversations with experts, policy makers and the interested citizenry in order to create knowl-edge, and develop a wider appreciation of socio-economic subjects relevant to our society. The dis-cussion was moderated by Ms. Sidra Iqbal, a promi-nent broadcast journalist and curator of Raabta.

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