A Prosperous Future for Pakistan Starts by Supporting Pakistani Women
Around the world, increasing rates of women’s economic participation has a quantifiable, profound impact on a country’s competitiveness and economic growth. While Pakistan has made progress on improving the status of Pakistani women, they are still only 22% of the workforce.
The US-Pakistan Women’s Council was launched by Secretary Clinton in September 2012.The Council is a public-private partnership between the U.S. State Department and American University (AU), supported by the Organization for Pakistani Entrepreneurs (OPEN). We are working with Pakistani and U.S. leaders in industry, academia and civil society to increase economic opportunities for women. We are focused on promoting entrepreneurship, employment, and education.
During the first half of 2015, the Council positioned itself for greater impact by approving a strategic plan with performance metrics, establishing a corporate membership process, and creating cooperation guidelines for its partners. Notable achievements include growth of the U.S. Summer Sisters Program, launch of the Pakistan Women Entrepreneurs Program, recruitment of corporate partners, amongst others. Find the full list of achievements here.
The U.S.-Pakistan Women's Council seeks to increase women's economic participation in Pakistan through entrepreneurship, employment, and education focused on high potential, underprivileged women in the rising middle class. Find out what we've been up to this year.