Pakistan WE-NET was Invited by OICCI to attend a session held jointly by UN Women and Overseas Investors Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OICCI) in an effort to promote gender diversity in companies. Sadiqa Tayebali (Core Group member) and Aliza Qaisar (Project Coordinator) attended the session on behalf of Pakistan WE-NET.

The Chamber organized a CSR Event on Women Empowerment/Gender Equality under the title “OICCI Women: Empowering for a Brighter Tomorrow,” in collaboration with UN Women Pakistan, on November 21, 2017. The event brought together leading foreign investors and gender specialists to discuss strategies and good practices on women’s empowerment and representation in the corporate sector.

The dialogue on “Empowering Women for a Brighter Tomorrow” featured speakers such as Khalid Mansoor (CEO, HubCo), Bruno Olierhoek (CEO, Nestle Pakistan & Afghanistan), Shazia Syed (CEO, Unilever Pakistan), Sangeeta Rana Thapa (Deputy Representative of UN Women Country Office, Pakistan) amongst many others. The distinguished speakers spoke about dismantling stereotypes concerning women in professional life and encouraged women to ask for what they need so that companies may evaluate whether they have the right infrastructure in place to allow women to thrive. Participants said key steps to empower women in private companies include security, support for relocating female workers, genuine commitment of management, and allowances for women to combine work with home responsibilities.

The Pakistan WE-NET delegation used the opportunity to engage with attendees introducing WE-NET and to explore opportunities to collaborate.