Making Pakistan gender inclusive: CIRCLE’s #ElevatePak pledge at year’s end

CIRCLE Pakistan calls for inclusion of women on panels, conferences and conversations through the Elevate campaign. In business conferences held in Pakistan from January to June 2016, only 15% of speakers were women. Visibility of women leaders is critical to inspire young women and more inclusive dialogue is key for sustainable solutions for Pakistan’s progress. This call is supported by the CEOs of Gul Ahmed Ideas, Mitsubishi Corps, Aman Foundation, TRG, Bayer, Telenor and Coca Cola, who have all signed the #ElevatePak pledge to only speak on a panel with at least one woman speaker in a panel of three or more.

“Women are our nation’s greatest dormant asset, and we must work with them as equal partners if we are to achieve our full potential as a nation the in the new world order.” Ziad Bashir, Director Gul Ahmed

CIRCLE Pakistan founded, by Sadaffe Abid, former COO and CEO of Kashf Foundation, works towards women’s economic empowerment and employment through innovative entrepreneurship and leadership labs, advocacy campaigns and research. CIRCLE is based on the belief that investing in women is the smartest economic venture of today and that when women develop, communities prosper and economies grow.

Elevate works towards UN Global Goal 5: Achieve Gender Equality, and has a broader mission of promotion women’s participation in the economy. It is accompanied by the Elevate Framework which works with companies to increase women’s representation on boards, in supply chains and in the workforce. #ElevatePak advocates for the inclusion and visibility of women through the following initiatives:

1)The #ElevatePak pledge asking individuals to commit to diverse panels
2)Database of women speakers and experts
3)Public speaking workshops to develop pipeline of experts and speakers
4)Engagement with conference organisers to facilitate inclusion

Sadaffe Abid, founder of CIRCLE, shared, ‘Women’s inclusion is necessary for Pakistan’s growth and progress. #ElevatePak ensures that women are able to play an equal role in Pakistan’s development and utilise their potential along with men. I invite you to join CIRCLE in taking Pakistan forward as the new year approaches’.

The #ElevatePak pledge has over 400 pledges and CIRCLE invites Pakistan to join in reaching 1000 commitments for an inclusive and progressive Pakistan by 31st December. Here’s your chance to make a difference and ensure 2017 begins on a high for women’s inclusion and representation.

Social Media Details: Twitter: @CIRCLE2020, Facebook: @Circlewomen Instagram: @circlewomen

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