Australian High Commissioner to Pakistan, Margaret Adamson visited CIRCLE Pakistan on 12th January 2016 during her visit to Karachi and interior Sindh. The CIRCLE team, led by CEO Sadaffe Abid, briefed the High Commissioner on CIRCLE’s work for women’s economic empowerment in Pakistan and our engagement with key stakeholders in public, private and non-profit sector to champion and support women’s economic empowerment.
In noting that many challenges remain to be overcome, whether in Australia, Pakistan or globally, the High Commissioner welcomed positive steps underway to accelerate women’s progress in Pakistan.
“CIRCLE Pakistan is providing an important platform for raising awareness and collaboration among influential civil society stakeholders, including senior business executives, in support of gender equality,” High Commissioner Adamson said.
CIRCLE Pakistan, founded by Sadaffe Abid, former COO and CEO of Kashf Foundation, is a social enterprise focused on 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.
Sadaffe Abid, founder of CIRCLE, shared, ‘Women are Pakistan’s most underutilized asset. CIRCLE has created a platform for women to grow, receive mentorship and celebrate each other’s success with the aim to spur economic progress and innovation in Pakistan. The leading CEOs who are collaborating with us have demonstrated a strong commitment to making progress on gender diversity and inclusion.”
During her visit, High Commissioner Adamson signed the #ElevatePak pledge, calling for inclusion of women on panels, conferences and conversations to increase visibility of women leaders and ensure sustainable solutions for Pakistan’s progress. She joined the CEOs of Gul Ahmed Ideas, Mitsubishi Corps, Telenor, Aman Foundation, Abacus Consulting, TRG, Coca Cola, Bayer and several others in committing to women’s empowerment and advancement in the economy. Elevate works towards UN Global Goal 5: Achieve Gender Equality and Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth, and has a mission of promoting women’s inclusion in the economy through increasing women on boards, women entrepreneurs in supply chains and in conferences and panels.