South Asian Regional Conference on Women, Work & Poverty, Islamabad
Sunimalee Madurawala, Research Officer, made a presentation on ‘Gender Equality and Empowering Young Women in Sri Lanka’ at the South Asian Regional Conference on Women, Work & Poverty held at Marriot Hotel, Islamabad, Pakistan. The conference was organized by the Social Policy and Development Centre (SPDC), Karachi with the support of Royal Norwegian Embassy (Islamabad). Sunimalee was also a Panelist for the Panel Discussion on ‘Government Response to Women’s Economic Empowerment’.
The focus of the conference was on the perpetual discrimination faced by women both at home and work. Despite growing presence in the labour market, women’s inclusion is painfully slow and gender-based inequalities remain a primary concern. To reduce poverty and tackle women’s vulnerabilities, it is critical to promote gender equality and equity and strengthen women’s economic security and empowerment. The conference brought together South Asian experts working on the issues of women, work and poverty.
The Chief Guest of the conference was Prof. Ahsan Iqbal, Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms and Dr. Saba Gul Khattak, Member, Board of Directors, SPDC made the Keynote Speech.