KARACHI: Women from all walks of life were joined in large numbers by their men counterparts to celebrate the 108th “International Women’s Day” in different parts of the ever expanding commercial hub of the country.
Series of the day long events began with “Ring the Bell” ceremony held at the Pakistan Stock Exchange as a symbol to support the cause of women’s inclusiveness and equality in the business world.
This was followed by an interactive session jointly organised by UN Women, World Bank and Women on Board Pakistan highlighting the relevance of perfect gender balance in the country’s economic, business, and commerce sectors.
It was for the second consecutive year that the Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) emerged to be among over 65 stock exchanges worldwide that hosted a bell ringing ceremony on International Women’s Day so to raise awareness of the pivotal role the private sector can play in advancing gender equality and achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 5.
Women leaders representing corporate sector of the country on the occasion discussed steps taken by Women on Board’s to have at least 25 per cent female representation on Pakistan’s corporate boards by 2025.
An astonishing aspect of the event was also the presence of a sizable number of women entrepreneurs from rural and semi urban parts of the country.
The day being celebrated with the theme “Balance for Better and Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change,” also witnessed women being awarded for their achievements and discussions surrounding steps yet to be taken for their across the board empowerment.