Guest Speaker - High Commissioner of Australia

A Guest Speaker session on “Women’s Economic Empowerment and Gender Equality – A Matter of Global Importance” was held. Her Excellency Ms. Margaret Adamson, High Commissioner of Australia in Pakistan, addressed the audience. The speaker highlighted the importance of the theme, and its relevance to socio-cultural and economic aspects in global context. The session was followed by an interactive discussion with the audience. The intellectual discourse identified the challenges faced by Pakistan to implement the theme under unique socio-cultural environment. The forum agreed that a multi-pronged strategy based on legislation, general awareness, community engagement, education at grass root level, pro-active approach by leaders, and widespread community mobilization, is needed. The forum pledged to become “Male Change Champion” to promote this message and implement it with a renewed commitment for the economic, and socio-cultural development of Pakistan and align it with the global needs.

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