Pakistan's Fiza Farhan appointed member of UN’s first-ever panel on women empowerment

Published: February 16, 2016


ISLAMABAD: A Pakistani woman has been named as a member of the United Nations body dedicated to the economic empowerment of women.

Fiza Farhan was elected as a member of the first ever High-Level Panel of the UN Secretary-General on Women’s Economic Empowerment, according to a communiqué released on Monday.

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Fiza is CEO of Buksh Foundation and director of Buksh Energy. She was also part of the ’30 under 30’ list by Forbes magazine for Social Entrepreneurs in 2015.

As a member of the panel, Fiza will join leaders of World Bank Group, International Monetary Fund, UN Women as well as several other eminent gender and equality actors. She will also establish connection with economics experts, academics, trade union leaders, businesses and government representatives from across the world.

Speaking of her appointment Fiza said, “It is indeed an honour for me to represent Pakistan and the women of Pakistan on this prestigious High-Level Panel.”

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“It is time that we engage global leadership and galvanize political will to scale actions with measurable impact towards women’s economic empowerment,” she added.

UN Women Country Representative in Pakistan Jamshed Kazi said, “While, Fiza will be providing advice as a global thought leader, we also look forward to her continued contribution in championing women’s economic empowerment right here in Pakistan in alignment with UN Women’s mandate.”

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The sole purpose of the panel is to put forth recommendations to implement a 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It is aimed at improving economic outcomes for women and promoting their leadership in driving sustainable economic growth. The panel will send recommendations to enable governments, private sector, the UN system and other stakeholders on taking key decisions relating to Sustainable Development Goals and women empowerment.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 16th, 2016.

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  • shezad
    Feb 16, 2016 - 11:15AM

    what is the criteria for selection Fiza to represent United Nations for women empowerment committee?Recommend

  • Feb 16, 2016 - 11:41AM

    Pakistani women are smart and born talented , proud of our lovely and intelligent women Recommend

  • Bilal
    Feb 16, 2016 - 12:06PM

    So another third generation member from a business tycoon family since 1950’s is being rewarded…only in Pakistan!
    I dont know how many of Bilawal Bhutos do we have to endure in our lives.
    I am sure the lady in pic is a spoon fed who just took over Baksh branded business empire and start flashing on media nothing else.
    Her IQ, business intelligence, personality attributes would never hv been tested.
    I wish there would be some really organic and real talent instead of her representing us on international stage with his/her roots in real-time Pakistani society.
    Until that, ‘women empowerment’ is a funny line for me; who’s going to take care of , hilarious Recommend

  • Khan
    Feb 16, 2016 - 3:09PM

    This is a sad state of affairs ! Recommend

  • sheraz
    Feb 16, 2016 - 4:14PM

    @ Shezad. to be rich and influential.Recommend

  • Muhammad Omer
    Feb 16, 2016 - 9:39PM

    For all those who dont know fiza, let me clear this out that she DOESNOT belong to any business tycoon family and neither she owns the retail giant Buksh in any way. She was my reporting manager and i can gurantee on her caliber, potential and her ability to sail through any storm that cross her way! As for the criteria, there is a strict due dilligence process carried out by the UN on such projects before actually shortlisting any candidate. Its time that this nation should stop criticizing people and their efforts and instead muster up courage to do somthng on their own. Get a life and grow up guys! Recommend

  • Korn
    Feb 16, 2016 - 10:02PM

    Pakistan & “Women Empowerment” don’t look correct in the same sentence. A country with very low rates of women employment & literacy have nothing to do with empowerment. Only rich & connected daddy’s girls like Ms. Farhan are empowered. Recommend

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