IBA AMAN CED Launches Business Incubation Program for Women Home-Based Workers

IBA AMAN CED Launches Business Incubation Program for Women Home-Based Workers

January 25: The orientation ceremony for this new women entrepreneurship initiative, which IBA AMAN CED has launched in collaboration with Aurat Foundation under their Gender Equity Program (GEP) sponsored by the USAID; was held on Wednesday, at IBA AMAN CED.

The program will mark the beginning of a certificate program designed especially for women home based workers in Karachi and Quetta. This program is IBA AMAN CED's humble effort towards facilitating Pakistani women to develop and foster an entrepreneurial mindset, enabling them to pursue entrepreneurial opportunities.

Fifty highly skilled women have been selected for this particular program; who have a zeal to start their own businesses and are extremely thrilled to have found such an opportunity.

IBA AMAN CED Launches Business Incubation Program for Women Home-Based Workers

Introduction of the Program was then given by Ms. Soha Zulfiqar, Manager-Women Entrepreneurship Program, who briefly explained about the program and pointed out the pertinent need of this program for women. She shed light on the concept behind this initiatives through explaining the aims, objectives and expected outcomes of the program. She also mentioned that the duration of this program is 28days, 3 days a week from 9:00AM to 2:00 PM. Another refreshing element of the program is that it will be taught in our National language Urdu, so that the female participants' learning outcome is maximum.

Following this, a welcome address by the Program Director Dr. Shahid Qureshi was given. He said that, 'We hope to empower the women and youth of Pakistan and IBA will keep playing a significant role through its many initiatives in that direction'. Additionally Dr. Shahid Qureshi told the participants that 2014 was the year, when IBA initiated this Women Entrepreneurial Program. And he also mentioned that another achievement has been unlocked by IBA AMAN CED, which is IBA Karachi winning USASBE's coveted award for Excellence in Entrepreneurship Education 2017. United Association for Small Businesses and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) has named IBA Karachi's Womenx (a World-Bank funded) Program as 2017's Outstanding Specialty Entrepreneurship Program Award Winner. It was for the first time that a university outside the US has won this prestigious award.

Deputy Chief of Party Aurat Foundation, Ms. Mahpara Shakil also addressed the audience and narrated the hurdles, which they faced during formulating the program.

IBA AMAN CED Launches Business Incubation Program for Women Home-Based Workers

Taking it a step forward Ms. Mahpara briefed the participants about the program that GEP is in its 7th year with USAID, which started back in august 2010 and will be ending this year in August 2017. Aurat foundation has been granted 280 grants in 7 years via 12 cycles some of which are still in process. GEP revolves around 4 main characteristics which includes: Access to justices, Combating gender based violence, empowerment of women at workplace and Capacity building of institutions that advocate gender equity. She spoke about the merits of the program and narrated a few success stories of how this program has empowered women to overcome the gap between males and females.

IBA AMAN CED Launches Business Incubation Program for Women Home-Based Workers

Ms. Mehnaz Rehman also made a valuable contribution by stating that, "Theory isn't the only mandatory requirement for the practical world. What is needed more are the skills." She also mentioned that the home-based workers are now a legal entity and will be given the rights too, as per ILO laws.

Mr. Jami Moiz, the acting registrar of IBA Karachi welcomed the participants in the end and said that the IBA has come full circle, from a premium business school to coaching females from the disadvantaged sector of our society, IBA is playing its role in empowering the women and youth of our society. He urged the female participants to learn the skills at IBA, in order to support their family and the country.

IBA AMAN CED Launches Business Incubation Program for Women Home-Based Workers
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