Governor Sindh Mohammad Zubair Sunday said that there is a need to create awareness about the role of women in the society so as to protect them and utilise their capabilities in more effective manner. This he said while addressing the 9th Anniversary of the Ladies Fund Women’s Awards for Pakistan 2017 at Governor House. The event was organised by Dawood Global Foundation (DGF).
Governor State Bank of Pakistan Ashraf Wathra and dynamic and inspiring women in Pakistan gathered to celebrate the strength and empowerment of women, as well as acknowledge the great economic contribution of Pakistani women.
The Lifetime Achievement Winner was Seema Aziz, the managing director of Sefam Pvt. Ltd. the largest fashion retailer, employing 13,000 employees, and also founder of CARE Foundation, one of the largest non-governmental organisation of Pakistan having a vast network of 234 schools and educating over 160,000 children.
The Governor Sindh further said that a woman has many roles, she is a wife, mother, sister and daughter and each relation is so beautiful. Islam has also praised and highlighted the contributions of a woman in overall development of the society and as a custodian of a household, he said. Muhammad Zubair said that problems faced by women such as provision of their due rights and education, poverty alleviation and creation of employment opportunities need special focus of each and every one in the society.
The role being played by women in collective economic development of any country is of immense importance, he observed. He said that it is the duty of every sitting government to ensure maximum opportunities to women in their field of choosing so they can express their talent and abilities in a conducive atmosphere.
The present government is aware of its obligations towards women and special attention is paid to provide an even playing field to more than half portion of the population, he added. The Governor Sindh that it is the need of the hour to teach and educate female population who have very low literacy rate. He said that tolerance is the key for progress of any nation and country and if women are literate they could help promote tolerance and respect in the society.
He also commended distribution of awards amongst the most talented and prominent ladies in various fields by Ladies fund. Governor State Bank of Pakistan Ashraf Wathra while addressing the gathering said that State Bank would continue its cooperation for encouraging women entrepreneurs. President of DGF Tara Uzra Dawood speaking on the occasion highlighted various initiatives of her organisation.
She said that Ladies Fund was established in 2007 as an initiative to provide financial security to women and to promote and train women entrepreneurs. She said that 150 local and international partners are working with DGF and her main goal for 2017 is to complete education of 1000 deserving girls in both Pakistan and Africa. She further said that Ladies Fund’s Advisory Council consists of Amir Adnan, Abdul Kader Jaffer, Byram Avari, Dr. Ishrat Husain, Ghalib Nishtar, Khalid Mirza and Khush Bakht Shujaat.