The female impact

By You Desk
Tue, 02, 24

A collaborative effort by Ladiesfund and UNDP, held in partnership with the British Deputy High Commission at Acton House Gardens....

The female impact


As women seize the reins at decision-making tables, success unfolds: responses sharpen, preparedness elevates, and responsible resource management in various domains. Their responses to challenges become more effective, showcasing a nuanced understanding and adept problem-solving skills.

The influence of women translates into a more conscientious and forward-thinking approach. In this regard, a Sustainability Luncheon was held in Karachi bringing together women leaders, icons, corporate high-flyers, artisans, home chefs, techpreneurs, and advocates, along with distinguished male champions of women with the focal point of discussion being ‘Women & Climate Action’. A collaborative effort by Ladiesfund and UNDP, held in partnership with the British Deputy High Commission at Acton House Gardens.

The distinguished awardees included Atiya Khan (Film Director and former Supermodel), Ayesha Ashraf Jangda (Shariah Banker), Aysha Baqir (author), Baakh Pirzada (news anchor), Dr Huma Baqai (Rector of MiTE), Fatimeh Fifi Haroon (senior journalist), Khursheed Kotwal (Chartered Accountant), Nina Kashif (Film Producer), Sabina Khatri (social worker), Shama Askari (performing artist and translator), and Shanaz Ramzi (PR guru).

Dawood Global Foundation President Tara Uzra Dawood emphasised the vital role women play in Climate Action and expressed pride in focusing the discussion on this topic. The luncheon featured a deep-dive panel discussion with Naz Khan, Principal Country Officer, IFC, and Farrukh Khan, MD, PSX. Awards were presented to entities supporting UN Sustainable Development Goal #5 Gender Equality, and the 11 Ladiesfund Women of Inspiration were announced as ambassadors for the cause.

UNDP Deputy Regional Representative Van Nyugen extended a warm welcome, emphasising the significance of gender equality. The event aimed to contribute to UNSDG #2: Zero Hunger, with all aspects of the lunch designed to be sustainable.

Naz Khan Principal Country Manager, IFC, World Bank Group, underscored the positive impact of women in decision-making, “Research conducted by the International Bank across 2,000 listed companies reveals that an increase in female managers positively impacts various sectors, including traditionally male-dominated industries such as transport and steel,” she stated. Farrukh Khan encouraged women to embrace their strengths and attributes, emphasising the theme of the year: ‘Be Yourself’.

The event, hosted by Mohammad Rajpar, Managing Director of General Shipping Agencies, featured performances by Nabilo Bano and Talat Hashimi. Notable attendees included Ayhan Mustafa Bhutto, Sultana Siddiqui, Seema Taher Khan, and others. A bazaar showcased curated stalls by women artisans, adding vibrancy to the occasion.

-You! desk