USAID Mission Director, John Groarke has said increasing women’s participation in Pakistan’s economy is vital for its economic growth and stability. “Now is the time to reflect on the progress made, to call for change, and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities,” he said in his remarks on the occasion of celebration of women’s achievements in Pakistan.
The United States and the Aurat Foundation Celebrated Women’s Achievements at a ceremony here.
The USAID Mission Director said that Pakistani women were making the country proud by excelling in all walks of life. Speaking to the participants, he said, America promoted gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls in Pakistan to enable them to fully participate in and benefit from economic, social, and political developments and help advance peace and security.
In partnership with the Government of Pakistan, U.S. programmes help address and prevent gender-based violence and promote entrepreneurship and economic empowerment, political participation, and access to quality education and health care for women and girls.
The President of Aurat Foundation, Dr. Masooma Hassan, highlighted the achievements of the USAID-supported Gender Equity Program (GEP) which has transformed the lives of Pakistani women through access to justice, combating gender-based violence (GBV), economic empowerment, and raising awareness of their rights as Pakistani citizens.
The highlight of the event was the art competition entitled “Be Bold for Change” in which students from GEP-supported universities in Rawalpindi and Islamabad participated. Director Groarke met students who participated in the competition and distributed prizes to the winners. The event also featured a classical dance performance by Amna Marwaz on women’s empowerment, which was greatly appreciated by the audience.