The Herself Women Convention (HWC), a collaboration between the Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) and Facebook, is set to be held on Saturday, July 8 at Arfa Software Technology Park.
The event will feature panel discussions with prominent figures in the Pakistani industry, including Bareeze owner Seema Aziz , the only woman from Pakistan listed in Forbes 500, Dr Amjad Saqib, founder and executive director of Akhuwat, sports journalist Zainab Abbas, Women Development Department’s secretary Bushra Aman, UN representative Fiza Farhan, Rafia Qaseem Baig who is a member of Asia’s first female bomb disposal squadron and Samar Khan, the first woman in the world to ride a bicycle on the Karakoram Mountains of Gilgit Baltistan.
The theme of the convention is ‘Steps Towards a Progressive Nation’. The focus of the convention is on breaking stereotypes, highlighting the contribution of women to the economy of Pakistan and helping young women develop a network with successful women in various fields.
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The day-long event will be held on the first anniversary of the Women Empowerment Initiative of the PITB. The project was launched by PITB Chairman Dr Umar Saif.
Besides panel discussions, the event will also feature workshops designed by local partners of Herself, motivational talks by successful entrepreneurs, a theatre play and a Herself Enclosure which shall feature the work of the initiative’s alumni.
Facebook, the official partner for this event, will be collaborating all the way from its headquarters in California. The social media giant will conduct activities and competitions at the convention.
Herself is an initiative launched by the entrepreneurship wing of the PITB which offers training programs to aspiring entrepreneurs. Herself alumni have launched several ventures after their training and manage them independently.
Herself is the only women’s initiative in Pakistan to have partnered with Facebook’s #SheMeansBusiness, which shares stories of successful women on their global website. The aim of this initiative is to empower women by providing them training which can help add to the economy of the country.
“At the PITB, 60 per cent of our workforce is women,” says Dr Saif. “Herself Women Convention is our way of showcasing and celebrating not just the women of the PITB but also women of this entire country.”
Registrations for HWC are currently open. To register for the convention visit www.hwc.pitb.gov.pk