Traditionally, women have been taught to be competitive with one another, because there was such a scarcity of jobs at the top. Now, that’s not the case anymore. The truth is that women raising each other up and channelling the power of collaboration is truly how we can change the equation and take a step towards in the right direction for gender equality.
Recently, Ladiesfund launched a small network of women trailblazers across sectors in Lahore, to complement their growing network across Pakistan Founder of SOS Children’s Villages Pakistan, Souriya Anwar hosted the intimate gathering of dynamic women in her palatial home. The foundation is planning for its first year in Lahore quarterly gatherings hosted by iconic award winners, and to launch its first power lunch in Lahore shortly.
Begum Anwar, who has been wanting the foundation to come to Lahore for several years, was thrilled to be a part of this soft launch. Attendees included Quratulain Ibrahim (MD, AC Neilson), architect Rafia Ilyas, Attorney Sahibzaidi Mahoor Anwar, Sadaf Rehman (co-founder, Codeschool.pk), Chevening Scholar Sahar Alamgir, Saman Hamid Qureshi (Overcraft and cloud kitchens) and beautician Tanzila Khan among others.
The women were selected for their diversity of career paths and interests, their drive to not just be good but great in their professions, and their united commitment to the sisterhood philosophy of Ladiesfund, where women support each other in success. The event included formalised power networking followed by a relaxed tea where the foundations for professional friendships were laid.
“We’re getting women like you involved because you are the role models for other women,” stated Begum Anwar. “I am honoured to host this because I think it is a tremendous initiative and we need this platform in Lahore.”
“We’ve curated this initial invitation of women in Lahore very carefully so that we will grow by members nominating women they know, respect and admire so we will grow together, organically,” said Tara Uzra Dawood, President of the organisation.
– A. Jafri