CIRCLE: Empowering Women and Girls in Pakistan
CIRCLE by means of introduction is a social enterprise that focuses to improve women's economic empowerment with a mission to develop and build the entrepreneurial and leadership capacity of women. They take a rather interesting approach as their ideology is investing in women is the smartest economic venture of today! When women grow, families prosper and nations progress.
On 8th March CIRCLE held a workshop at Alliance Française in Karachi on engaging the youth to be the symbol of social change. Six women namely, Founder Sheops Nadia Patel Gangjee, Founder Goats For Water Fariel Salahuddin, Co-Founder Sehat Kahani Dr Sara Khurram ,Amna Chaudhry part of the Girls at Dhaba collective, Misha Founder Misha Rizvi Productions and Sadaffe Abid co-founder CIRCLE pitched their initiatives to inspire others. Additionally, CIRCLE also launched campus chapters in six university campuses across Pakistan to equip a generation of young people to #BeBoldForChange and support women’s empowerment. Campuses included NED, Habib University, LUMS, UET Faisalabad, Lahore School of Economics, Lyceum and COMSATS.
Speaking to the audience, keynote speaker Dr Ayesha Khan, Associate Director portfolio at Acumen inspired women saying, ‘Women need to be bold, they need to think big. Don’t be afraid of those big ideas and that big vision.’ The event ended with the audience making individual pledges and committing to a #BeBoldForChange action – from bringing more women in leadership roles in their companies to a lawyer pledging to support women going through the legal process!
Emmy award winner Misha Rizvi said, ‘it was wonderful to spend an evening talking about tangible steps towards gender equality, hearing personal pledges. CIRCLE's event helped me set a goal for my filmmaking which is to tell more stories about women. The diversity in the room was awe inspiring, where many men also recognized society's systematic gender bias and pledged their part as well.’
1) Show the world the strength, creativity and aspirations of Pakistani women.