City: National summit in Islamabad to commemorate women’s political leadership

Islamabad: Search For Common Ground SFCG Pakistan and PAIMAN Alumni Trust are organizing a daylong National Networking Summit on Women’s Leadership on August 28 in Islamabad to commemorate the dynamic role of Pakistan’s women politicians and their contributions in the nation’s democratic growth and development.

Former Speaker National Assembly Dr Fehmida Mirza will be the Chief Guest of the summit being organized as part of SFCG Pakistan’s Women’s Initiatives for Learning and Leadership WILL campaign under the project “Strengthening Women Parliamentarians for Effective Government” launched in Pakistan 2011.

The project has imparted training to elected women politicians from all major political parties including members of the provincial assemblies and councillors at the district levels to improve their capacity and bolster their engagement in decision making matters.

SFCG’s WILL National Summit will also feature a roundtable discussion entitled “Common Ground Roundtable: Advancing Women’s Political Leadership in Pakistan”. Male and female Politicians from major political parties at national and provincial levels, civil society members, sector specialists, and academia and media persons are expected to attend the session.

The roundtable will address the issues pertaining to women’s political leadership, such as discrepancies in the manifestos of political parties on the role of women and how civil society and media can help support women politicians bolster their leadership role in national politics.

A participatory session entitled “Leading by Learning: Women Leaders Experiences from the Field” will be another feature of the Summit where WILL ambassadors and beneficiaries of capacity building trainings will talk about their experiences, lessons learned and accomplishments from the field.

SFCG also plans to screen a documentary featuring success stories of women politicians trained in the country’s all four provinces as well as FATA region during the WILL initiative.