Islamabad, March 31 – Pakistani women are making the country proud by excelling in all walks of life. Today, the United States and the Aurat Foundation celebrated women’s achievements at a ceremony held in Islamabad.
Addressing the participants, USAID Mission Director Mr. John Groarke in his opening remarks, 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.”
America promotes 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. programs help address and prevent gender-based violence and promote entrepreneurship and economic empowerment, political participation, and access to quality education and healthcare 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.
The Gender Equity Program educates women about their rights at home, at work, and in society. The program is working to expand women’s access to justice and human rights, while combating GBV. To learn more, visit: www.usaid.gov/pakistan.