‘Women’s Role in their Empowerment’ discussed by Chevening Alumni in Pakistan


The prestigious Chevening Scholarship Alumni hosts event in honour of International Women’s Day in Pakistan. . . . reports Subhadrika Sen

On the event of International Women’s Day, The British High Commission Chevening Alumni Association of  Pakistan in association with The Lahore College for Women University organised an event to discuss about Women’s Role in their Empowerment. It is a repeated statement that women needs to be empowered and the role of women in their own empowerment is regarded maximum. However, this role is vaguely defined and doe snot have any specific scope. Thus, the event took it up as their main agenda of discussion on this special occasion.

The speakers for the event were all alumni of the prestigious Chevening Scholarship.  The panellists included Yasmeen Rehman, (strategic Advisor on Improving Parliamentary Performance in Pakistan) ; Hassan Shah (entrepreneur); Huma Ijaz (lawyer); Wajiha Rizvi (documentary producer) and Jane Henrici (George Washington University global Gender Program ) .

Women have come a long way since the fight for women empowerment began. From education to employment, in every field women have made their mark. With global aid and support women are being given all the facilities that they rightly deserve- education, financial, employment- being the three fundamental ones.  In fact, to quote British High Commission’s Political Counsellor

The UK’s support to the Pakistan Government’s work on education will help benefit over 4.6 million girls in primary and secondary schools. . . . .train more than 51,000 women in job-related skills. . . . more than 965,000 poor women access micro-finance . . . .1.61 million women to receive monthly cash transfers

Successful women from Pakistan have ushered in the Nobel Prize, Emmy Awards and two Oscars. Thus, if their talents are harnessed and channelised through proper education and vocational training in the right direction, women in days to come would achieve a lot.