Islamabad: Mian Shahid on Sunday said women are silent contributors to the economic and social development but their substantial role is largely unnoticed or taken for granted.
There are many issues confronting development of women including the idea of female as being secondary to male and of women’s businesses being of less significance, he said.
Society should facilitate women to start a business to achieve personal freedom, security, and satisfaction, he said while speaking to women entrepreneurs at Islamabad Women’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IWCCI).
Samina Fazil, founder President, IWCCI, Alya Akram President IWCCI, other office bearers and members were also present on the occasion.
Mian Shahid said that there is a pressing need to empower women economically and create employment opportunities to enable them to survive, prosper, and support their families.
Helping women explore and enhance business potential, develop business, access credit, assistance with marketing skills and product design can help combat economic recession in Pakistan, he added.
Mian Shahid, who is CEO of an insurance company, said that business community should plan to strengthen the capacity of businesswomen.
He said that women hold only one per cent assets in the country, which result in their one per cent contribution in the total income tax collections which describes our attitude towards them.
At the occasion, Samina Fazil said that we have to strike a balance between domestic and business responsibilities while keeping cultural factors in the mind.
We do not enjoy the same opportunities as men due to discriminatory socio-cultural values, she complained.
The economic potential of female entrepreneurs is not being realised which is barring our integration into the mainstream economy.
Samina Fazil said that media can bridge the information gap between women entrepreneurs and the existing opportunities.
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Islamabad Women’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry
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