US-Pakistan Women's Council
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.
(Above: 2014 Summer Sisters reception hosted by US Consulate Karachi, attended by Ambassador Richard Olason and Consular General Brian Heath, Consulate staff, and iEARN staff).
AU and the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) launched the Pakistan Women Entrepreneurship Program (PWEP) at an event at LUMS in Lahore on March 25, 2015. The program is designed to increase the capacity of female entrepreneurs in Pakistan, as well as to create and strengthen their business.
The Council has had a busy year. We welcomed Executive Director, Melanie Bixby, celebrated the Council's second anniversary, started an internship program at Packages Limited, increased our Facebook and Twitter following, and had a successful year-two of the US Summer Sisters Exchange Program.
Elevate yourself to such a level, that before deciding each destiny, God himself asks you: 'Tell me, what do you wish to do next?'
– Muhammad Iqbal