The inaugural ceremony of a two-day conference on women entrepreneurs was held at the Fatima Jinnah Women University on Tuesday, according to a press release.
The International Conference on Entrepreneurship for Young Women and Use of New Technologies: Issues and Challenges was organised by the Business Administration department.
The aim of the conference is to share, identify and discuss ways that science and technology can encourage younger women to take up self-employment. Dr Attaur Rehman, who chaired the inaugural session, stressed on the need for a retraining programme for women if they take up a career after a break.
Dr Khalid Mehmood said educational institutions can play an effective role in promoting cultural change, especially universities, in bringing about social transformation through education and creating awareness for women’s role in economic development.
Higher Education Commission Chairperson Eng. Imtiaz Hussain Gillani said the job of the university is to build up the country’s economy and students should keep probable careers in mind when choosing their field.
The conference was arranged in collaboration with the Network of Academies of Sciences of Islamic Countries, Pakistan Academy of Sciences and Higher Education Commission.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 27th, 2013.