A Women Innovation Network (WIN) was set up at the Government University (GCU) Lahore by the Punjab Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW) to support women in developing their businesses.
United States Consul General to Lahore Elizabeth Kennedy Trudeau was chief guest at the launching ceremony of the innovation network which was also addressed by Punjab Minister for Labour & Human Resource Nauman Kabir, Minister for Human Rights Faisal Mushtaq and GCU Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Hassan Amir Shah.
US Consul General Elizabeth Kennedy Trudeau said that PCSW and GCU are two organisations, based in Lahore, that do groundbreaking work every single day and Pakistan should be very proud of them. The US consul general believed that Pakistan needs all of its population to play its effective role to make it a great country that it actually is.
WIN would offer a range of support service to women entrepreneurs to enable them to develop their businesses, including physical and technology amenities as well as business support service, networking opportunities, access to finance and day-care centre. WIN goal is to facilitate a meaningful networking environment which cultivates opportunity through empowerment of oneself and family. WIN is an inclusive organization which believes in the imagination of the next generation, and provide them with support and mentoring..
Speaking at the occasion, Nauman Kabir said that women owned businesses represent only 2-3.5 percent of the 3.2 million enterprises registered in Pakistan whereas the global percentage is almost 35 percent.
Women entrepreneurship has a long way to go to come at par with men and initiatives like WIN are a step in the right direction.
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