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International Women Day – 2019 -- “Balance for Better”
Saturday the 30th March, 2019 at IEP Convention Center

The Institution of Engineers Pakistan, Karachi Centre celebrated International Women Day on Saturday the 30 March, 2019, at IEP Convention Center. The Theme of this year was “Balance for Better”.

International Women’s Day is globally held on March 08 to celebrate women’s achievements throughout history and across nations. The event is aimed to highlight the current status of working women, especially engineers in the country and attempt to suggest the way forward for improvement.

International Women’s Day is powered by the Collective efforts of all and shared ownership for driving gender parity to bring positive change. The Story of women’s struggle for equality neither belongs to any single feminist movement nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights. IEP with these thoughts celebrated International Women’s Day as your day and expected that you will truly contribute to make a positive difference for women.

The event started from recitation of Holy Quran and followed by national anthem.

The event was conducted by Engr. Faiza Saeed and Engr. Afaq Ali Siddiqui, Members Local Council, IEP Karachi Centre.

Engr. Faiza Saeed presented the Introduction of the event.

Following papers were presented:

“What is Balance for Better"
Engr. Sarah Waheed Khwaja

“Why there are few Women Leaders”
Engr. Nimrah Saeed

“Initiatives for Women Empowerment”
Ms. Nausheen Irfan

“Women in Power Sector”
Engr. Samiya Zafar

“The Delusion of Inclusion”

Ms. Hamna Lodhi

“Balance for Better”
Engr. Naila Malik

“Rural Women Empowerment”
Ms. Sabin Shah

“Gender Equality Goals for 2025”
Ms. Seemi Kamal

Engr. Sohail Bashir, Chairman IEP Karachi Centre presented his address. He acknowledged the outstanding achievements of Women Engineers and also praised the efforts of the members of organizing committee for organizing an exclusive event of its kind held at the IEP, reflecting the dedication of the women engineers particulary Engr. Asfia Aleem, Engr. Rukhsana Rahooja, Engr. Beena Riaz, Engr. Bushra Nadeem Mufti, Engr. Neelofar Hameed Khan, Engr. Faiza Saeed and Engr. Nimrah Saeed, for their efforts.

Engr. Prof. Dr. Sarosh Hashmat Lodi, Vice-Chancellor, NED University of Engineering and Technology was the Chief Guest, during his speech, appreciated the efforts put up by the IEP and members of the organizing committee. He expressed hope that women engineers will continue to gather here, identify their problems and find practical solutions by taking ownership.

Engr. Sohail Bashir, Chairman, IEP Karachi Centre, Engr. M. Farooq Arbi, Secretary IEP Karachi Centre accompanied with Engr. Asfia Aleem, presented the shields to the presenters.

The event formally came to an end with the vote of thanks by Engr. Neelofar Hameed Khan, Council Member, IEP.

The event was a success and well attended.

Engr. M. Farooq Arbi, FIE(Pak)
The Institution of Engineers Pakistan,
Karachi Centre ,

4th Floor, IEP Building, 177/2, Liaquat Barracks,
Opp: Hotel Regent Plaza, Shahrah-e-Faisal,

Tel: 021-32780233, 32781492,
Fax: 021-32783442
Web: www.iepkarachi.org.pk


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